What happens when Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M Ward, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and producer Mike Mogis come together? Just what you'd expect from four of US folk's most prominent men. There's rocked-up early Beatles ("Whole Lotta Losin'" and "Say Please"), Peter, Paul and Mary crooning with banjo and slide guitar ("The Right Place", "Goodway") and lots of gentle reflection in between. Lush harmonies and hooky choruses unite the songs and Oberst's voice glitters out across it all like damp coal.
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Lush harmonies and hooky choruses unite the songs and Oberst's voice glitters like damp coal, says Katie Toms
Katie Toms writes about music, books, theatre and art among other things, mainly for the Observer where she worked for two years. She also writes about gender.