Vinyl Box Set
Beginning with A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, the production has been touched up a bit on icy numbers like "Patient Hope In New Snow," though not enough to alter the basic presentation. Juxtaposing those first recordings with later tunes such as "Something Vague" and "A Song to Pass the Time" (from a slightly expanded and remastered Fevers and Mirrors), one can see how far Oberst's songwriting has evolved.
The set can often feel like too much information. But even Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen got off to uneven starts. Whether Oberst is paramount to these figures remains to be seen, but certainly his future is looking bright.
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