Lifted or The Story is in the Soil....
Author: CARMELO MARTINEZ
With over 73 minutes of music, it's safe to say that the cumbersome-titled Lifted... is the most ambitious effort by Conor Oberst and company. Backed by an army of fellow Omaha musicians who add to the indulgent orchestral feel of the record, it's a far cry from the broken-hearted Oberst's early four-track days. Like always, his lyrics are over-the-top in that Prozac-popping, teenage diary-keeper way--but they are saved by Oberst's sincere delivery and use of clever narration. It's also ironic that on a record so lavish and delicate, the most powerful song is the lone stripped-down acoustic number, "Waste of Paint," which borrows heavily from a Basement Tapes-era Bob Dylan and his long-winded, meandering prose. While its heavy-handed lyrical content might not be for everyone; there is no denying that Lifted... is a downright
stunning record by a performer who shows endless talent.