Outer South

Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band

Outer South

Alternative country/rock sounds in their second album

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Wichita
UK Release date
04/05/2009
  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Loose-limbed and by turns loud then laid-back.
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  2. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    An enjoyable, relaxed album that contains some of Oberst's best work. It also shows him lifting some of that weight of his shoulders.
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Occupies much the same folk-rock territory as Oberst's old band Bright Eyes, punctuated with the occasional taut blues shuffle.
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    No longer such a press darling, Conor Oberst has let the hype around him settle down while still making some magnificent music.
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    You can sense the passion coming from The Mystic Valley Band and the songs quickly escalate, powered by their instrumentation. The album was recorded at the end of a long tour and the bond between the players is palpable.
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  6. 8.0 |   The List

    Conor Oberst's most focused and mature – both sonically and lyrically – solo effort to date
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  7. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Many things may weigh on Conor Oberst's mind, but on this record, ego isn't one of them.
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  8. 6.0 |   Spin

    Shave a couple of the non-Conor tracks and it'd sit comfortably with his best.
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  9. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Ranging from his trademark sacrilegious alt.country to the curiously Razorlighty Spoiled.
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  10. 6.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Democracy is all well and good in its place, but its place isn’t rock bands.
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  11. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    May represent a step back from last year’s work, it is perhaps another step forward for Oberst in terms of his evolution as an artist. While such a process may produce some patchy results along the way, one hope’s Oberst’s evolution will be like those of the greats… never-ending
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  12. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    One suspects that virtually all of the album’s flaws, from its overstuffed tracklist to its lack of consistency, could have been avoided had the band taken its time writing, vetting and selecting songs for Outer South.
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  13. 4.9 |   Pitchfork

    Perhaps it's simply the case that Oberst is on a busman's holiday here, but either he failed to get the memo to keep things light, or else he should have recruited some more substantial Wilburys.
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