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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Merge Records
  • UPC: 673855034928
  • Catalog Number: 50349
  • Sales rank: 165,289

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slowly (Oh So Slowly) - Conor Oberst (3:34)
  2. 2 To All the Lights in the Windows - Conor Oberst (5:42)
  3. 3 Big Black Nothing - Conor Oberst (3:39)
  4. 4 Air Mattress - Conor Oberst (2:13)
  5. 5 Cabbage Town - Conor Oberst (3:50)
  6. 6 Ten Women - Conor Oberst (3:22)
  7. 7 Difference Is Time - Conor Oberst (5:36)
  8. 8 Nikorette - Conor Oberst (4:11)
  9. 9 White Shoes - Conor Oberst (5:50)
  10. 10 Bloodline - Conor Oberst (4:07)
  11. 11 Spoiled - Conor Oberst (3:16)
  12. 12 Worldwide - Conor Oberst (3:31)
  13. 13 Roosevelt Room - Conor Oberst (5:02)
  14. 14 Eagle on a Pole - Conor Oberst (4:38)
  15. 15 I Got the Reason, No. 2 - Conor Oberst (7:15)
  16. 16 Snake Hill (4:15)
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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, Indexed Contributor
Nate Walcott Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Taylor Hollingsworth Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Macey Taylor Sr. 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
Bob Ludwig Mastering, Remastering
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
The 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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