Conor Oberst (album)

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Conor Oberst
Conor Oberst cover.jpg
Studio album by Conor Oberst
ReleasedAugust 4, 2008
RecordedJanuary 2008 - February 2008 at Valle Mistico
GenreFolk rock, indie folk, country rock
LabelMerge Records
ProducerConor Oberst
Conor Oberst chronology
The Soundtrack to My Movie
Conor Oberst
Outer South

Conor Oberst is a solo-album by Conor Oberst, of the band Bright Eyes, which was released on August 5, 2008 by Merge Records.[1] The album debuted on the UK Albums Chart at #37 [2] and reached #15 on the Billboard Top 200. It sold 98,000 copies in the US as of August 2009 [3]


The album was recorded in Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico between January and February 2008. A temporary studio was created in a mountain villa called Valle Místico at the outskirts of town. Conor Oberst was produced by Conor Oberst and engineered by long-time associate Andy LeMaster. A new band was assembled for the recording, which came to be known as The Mystic Valley Band. The result is Oberst's fourth solo album, and his first in twelve years, following Water (1993), Here's to Special Treatment (1994) and The Soundtrack to My Movie (1996). In that time he has recorded and performed in many bands and musical projects including Commander Venus, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and most notably Bright Eyes. The song "Moab" was number 31 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Conor Oberst, except where noted.

  1. "Cape Canaveral" – 4:04
  2. "Sausalito" – 3:10
  3. "Get-Well-Cards" – 3:33
  4. "Lenders in the Temple" – 4:35
  5. "Danny Callahan" – 3:58
  6. "I Don’t Want to Die (In the Hospital)" – 3:32
  7. "Eagle on a Pole" – 4:42
  8. "NYC - Gone, Gone" – 1:11
  9. "Moab" – 3:36
  10. "Valle Místico (Ruben’s Song)" (Ruben Mendez Hernandez) – 0:49
  11. "Souled Out!!!" (Oberst, Jason Boesel) – 3:32
  12. "Milk Thistle" – 5:21

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Billboard(not rated) link
Crawdaddy!(favorable) link
Drowned in Sound(8/10) link
Paste(80/100) link
Pitchfork Media(7.3/10) link
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars link
Spin3.5/5 stars
TimeA− link

Entertainment Weekly said that on the album, "Conor sounds like Bright Eyes, only heightened--brighter, if you will: He's emo balladeer, country rocker, and ferocious folkie rolled into one."[5]

Track information[edit]

  • The seventh track, "Eagle on a Pole", was inspired by a comment made by Sean Foley who said, "I saw an eagle on a pole. I think it was an eagle." Simon Joyner, friend and mentor of Oberst, said that line would be great for a song, which planted the seed for others in the band to write a song from the line. Oberst's version is on this record. Jason Boesel's version is on the second album released by the Mystic Valley Band, Outer South.



Chart Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[6] 52
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 35
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 73
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 37
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[10] 26
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 40
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 37
US Billboard 200[13] 15
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[14] 3
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[15] 3
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 3
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[17] 1


  1. ^ "Bright Eyes man reveals solo album details". NME. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
  2. ^ "The Official UK Albums Chart for the week ending 16 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (364): 5–8.
  3. ^ https:/@/,+Keep+Your+Ear+to+the+Ground+US:+340,000&source=bl&ots=DEQK58NNfe&sig=EV6UCB3u76yldE3Lr2LaPRJrGbw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP64y6zcDVAhVFfRoKHaXMBcUQ6AEIUDAJ#v=onepage&q=Lifted%20or%20The%20Story%20is%20in%20the%20Soil%2C%20Keep%20Your%20Ear%20to%20the%20Ground%20US%3A%20340%2C000&f=false
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  5. ^ Tucker, Ken (August 8, 2008), "Conor Oberst". Entertainment Weekly. (1005)
  6. ^ " – Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst" (in German). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ " – Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ " – Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  10. ^ " – Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst". Hung Medien.
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  12. ^ "Conor Oberst | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  13. ^ "Conor Oberst Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Conor Oberst Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Conor Oberst Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Conor Oberst Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Conor Oberst Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard.