Conor Oberst - 'Salutations'

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on 17 March 2017 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Nonesuch Records
Release date 17th March 2017
Rating 8/10

The Nebraskan-born troubadour spilled his heart out on the contemplative, low-key and intimately personal collection that made up 2016's Ruminations. It was an album that divided plenty, as his voice quivered over minimal arrangements, yet for those lacking the immediate swagger of his self-titled album and the urgency of his band's support, Salutations is a very welcome surprise. His ten songs from last year (plus an additional seven) have been given a fantastic makeover, that over 17 sprawling tracks, make for a superb listen. Featuring members of the Felice Brothers, the assemblement Oberst's gathered add verve and warmth to his biting narratives. The harmonica propelled opener 'Too Late To Fixate' sets the pace and tone, the campfire sing-along 'Overdue' is brilliant, while the rousing 'Afterthought' and sublime 'Anytime Soon' are both highlights. It doesn't all work, and probably could have been edited down, but it's nonetheless a riveting listen.


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