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I think “I’m Wide Awake” is brilliant and probably his best release overall. Conor was onto something great there, and I still think he has more records with qualities like that in him. That being said, “Cassadaga” was just an awful record, it sounded like a Marilyn Manson and Paul McCartney country collaboration.
Where “Cassadaga” was a failed experiment, “Conor Oberst” is just boring. It’s fine that people mature, but it doesn’t have to mean generic sounding, uninspired and cold material… Conor Oberst can write outstanding, introvert and personal songs, but when it comes to apocalyptical, political songs about religion and “the big issues”… he just falls flat.