Outer South

Outer South

by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
Outer South

Outer South

by Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record - 180 Gram Vinyl)

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Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band initially seemed a bit like a busman's holiday, a way for him to throw off whatever expectations he had as Bright Eyes, a way to get a bit loose and rowdy. The Mystic Valley Band is turning into something more -- not quite a full-fledged multi-headed beast the way the Byrds were at their peak, but not Dylan pushing through the Rolling Thunder Revue as its undisputed leader, either. The Mystic River Band turns out to be a bit of an oddity: a group with a clear-cut leader that manages to seem egalitarian, particularly here on Outer South where Oberst recedes from the spotlight on a whopping six of the 16 tracks, letting his bandmates sing their own songs. This behavior is atypical for singer/songwriters, but it fits the spirit of Outer South, an album written, recorded and about the road -- a roadworn cliché that always gets reinvigorated whenever its executed with gusto, as it is here, partially due to Oberst spreading the wealth. Having three other singers here makes Outer South a bit messy, but it speaks to what makes the album work: it's about playing, not the song. Which isn't to say that there aren't good songs here, as there are -- the ratio is as strong as they were on Conor Oberst, testament to Oberst's steady work ethic paying back craftsman dividends -- but what impresses is the spirit and the sound, how the band sounds like it's consistently on the move, not quite caring whether they're taking the direct route, as long as it's scenic. Oberst himself seems swept up in the motion -- he's dropped his vocal affectations, his grandiose couplets, he's happy to be leading a group that feels like a band of brothers -- one that might not always sing in the same voice, but share a sensibility, something that gives Outer South a big human heart.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0673855034911
catalogNumber: 349
Rank: 33268


  1. Slowly (Oh So Slowly)
  2. To All the Lights in the Windows
  3. Big Black Nothing
  4. Air Mattress
  5. Cabbage Town
  6. Ten Women
  7. Difference Is Time
  8. Nikorette
  9. White Shoes
  10. Bloodline
  11. Spoiled
  12. Worldwide
  13. Roosevelt Room
  14. Eagle on a Pole
  15. I Got the Reason, No. 2
  16. Snake Hill

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band   Primary Artist
Andy LeMaster   Vocals
Nik Freitas   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jason Boesel   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Conor Oberst   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Nate Walcott   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Taylor Hollingsworth   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Macey Taylor   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Corina Figueroa Escamilla   Vocals
Philip Schaffart   Vocals
Nathaniel Walcott   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Corina Figueroa-Escamilla   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gabriel el Chino Gonzalez   Logistics
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children   Author
Manuel Calderón   Engineer
Juan Luis Carrera   Management
Andy LeMaster   Engineer
Justin Leeah   Engineer
Nik Freitas   Composer
Jason Boesel   Composer
Mystic Valley Mountaineers   Producer,Audio Production
Conor Oberst   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Butch Hogan   Cover Photo
Taylor Hollingsworth   Composer
Nate Krenkel   Management
Nathaniel Walcott   Composer

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