"Cassadaga" might resurrect the "new Dylan" line that irritates both Oberst and his fans, but the new disc's torrential thoughts, piercing wordplay and orchestral country & western style angle Bright Eyes closer to Phil Ochs' late period. Oberst even seems to have figured out how to regulate his semi-adolescent quaver.
Of course, with maturity comes disillusionment (or vice versa), and "Cassadaga" bleeds lost hopes in major keys, from the postmodern honky-tonker "Soul Singer in a Session Band" to the glistening hillbilly folk number "Middleman."
Oberst travels everywhere to find himself, then discovers that the journey, not the destination, is the important thing.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3