Every Day and Every Night
Oberst's lyrics thankfully extend beyond the cliched level of a typical antisocial college student. That makes up for some of the delivery, which is hard to swallow or even sit through. Oberst sounds like a paranoid freak on the verge of a serious breakdown. His voice trembles even in the quiter parts with a constant, uncontrollable vibratto. The music is delicately played and beautiful even. Oberst is a fine guitar player, and songs like "A Line Allows Progress, A Circle Does Not" and "A Perfect Sonnet" show an amazing gift for memorable songcraft. This EP incorporates loops, organs, violins, samples, and percussion into the otherwise stark mix. Oberst can really sing when he wants to, which makes the affected bits seem somewhat suspicious, but I guess that's his whole deal- losing himself in the moment and not caring about trivialities like pitch or key. The loner lo-fi thing has been done, but Oberst has honestly carved out a new subgenre all his own.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / Deluxe LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3