Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2019 Ratings: #174 / 794
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Based on 802 ratings
2019 Ratings: #276
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The Young Folks
Here, we do get a combination that works and stands on its own as something apart from the two artists. Bridgers and Oberst are not just here to gather together some songs they wrote adjacent to each other. The Better Oblivion Community Center, as a group and an album, exemplifies the best results of collaboration, to the benefit of all of us.
Spill Magazine

A balanced collection of honest and authentic folk-infused songs, this is an album that leaves the listener hoping that these two restless spirits find their way back to the Better Oblivion Community Center soon.

God Is in the TV

Every time I listen to this record I want to immediately start listening to it again and that is the reason, because Better Oblivion Community Center is better than most other records.


Better Oblivion Community Center is a collaboration that feels too good to be true, but here we are. It’s full of charming melodies, carefully placed harmonies, and biting lyrics from two of the most influential songwriters around.


Better Oblivion Community Center is the kind of warm and fuzzy record that provides listeners with a soul-lifting ending no matter which path they choose—to collapse into the arms of its devastating lyrical woe or to jump onstage with Oberst and Bridgers and bask in its giddy musical benevolence.

Under The Radar

This is a cohesive, creative, and multi-faceted record that will over-joy fans of both artists while offering the spark of magic that so rarely comes with these kinds of collaborations.

FLOOD Magazine

Overall, Better Oblivion Community Center doesn’t necessarily explore any new territory, but it does unite two people who feel the same way, and are able to explain this feeling in undeniable harmony. It’s haunting, it’s sad, it’s human.


This is a ‘supergroup’ refreshingly free of ego and filled with supremely listenable songs.

NOW Magazine

Their debut 10-track album effortlessly showcases both Oberst’s and Bridgers’s strengths as songwriters who are unafraid of literate vulnerability as they explore subjects like loneliness, privilege and estranged family.

The Independent

The self-titled record, a loose but beautifully crafted collection of folk-rock songs, explores the kinds of anxieties intrinsic to the modern age.

The Skinny

Better Oblivion Community Center isn’t an obvious step forward for either artist but it’s a generous and grounded collection of songs, showcasing the complementary talents of two of America’s most talented songwriters.


On their surprise collaboration, indie-folk heroes Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers find hope amid chaos; the record succeeds on its own merits, regardless of its authors’ impressive statuses.


The best parts of the album, though, are the moments where it doesn't sound exactly like anything either artist has released before, yet still shows two songwriters at the height of their talents.

Rolling Stone

Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst debut their new duo with a raw, redemptive album.

The Line of Best Fit

It’s the honest, insightful manner with which both Oberst and Bridgers have approached Better Oblivion Community Center that makes it such a delight.


A ten-track album that combines both of their styles to create something that doesn’t sound quite like either of them.


If you like your music heavy with feels, story and a tangible sense of nostalgia, this is for you. Oberst and Bridgers have created one of those rare collaborative albums that rank with the best efforts of the respective artists.


It’s a tight-knit folk-rock album about alienation, solitude, and our potential to better ourselves against bad odds.

Consequence of Sound

More a revitalizing burst of energy than a passing of the torch, Better Oblivion Community Center frequently finds Bridgers and Oberst bringing out the best of each other.

The 405

Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers have a natural chemistry, and frequently bring out the best in each other. Sonically, Better Oblivion Community Center doesn’t stray too far from the comfort zones of either, being mostly slow-rocking folk numbers, but intertwining their different narratives works incredibly well.

Slant Magazine

Their surprise joint release, Better Oblivion Community Center, proves that both musicians are capable of capitalizing on their best tendencies while largely avoiding their worst.


While both performers are too iconic for Better Oblivion Community Center to truly feel separate from their respective bodies of work, there's still a strange magic that comes from the combination.

Loud and Quiet

It’s a surreal consultation with culture’s history books, a sarcastic narration of LA-dreaming and the troubled artist.

The Guardian

It can be one-note, but ultimately this collaboration between two artists known for their emotionally lacerating lyrics is all about the writing.


To be honest, while listening to some of these songs I just had the biggest smile on my face. I was just thinking, "Ahh, this is nice." And that's no lie either, this album's a really charming and sweet folk rock album that's just really pleasant to listen to. I do think Phoebe's voice outshines Conor Oberst on this album but they mix quite well. My only issues are some of the rockier elements don't clash well with the sweet folk sound sometimes, and there are a few meh tracks, but ... read more


Better Oblivion Community Center create a sweet little album that has some immediate melodies and fun production while maintaining the somber subject matter both artists clearly love. Oberst and Bridgers have complimentary styles, each creating intimate indie rock that strokes the soul. The best parts of the album are when these styles blend and create something exciting and new. Oberst benefits from Bridgers accessible and pop-tinged melodies; 'Sleepwalkin'' is a radio-friendly, road-trip ... read more


In their first official outing, Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame and Phoebe Bridgers team up to form the dynamic folk rock duo Better Oblivion Community Center, providing tunes that are as witty and poignant as anything else in their individual catalogs.

Working together last on the track 'Would You Rather' from Phoebe's 2017 studio debut, Stranger in the Alps, there's no doubt that Conor and Phoebe have undeniable chemistry, a dynamic that palpable throughout the runtime of BOCC's runtime in ... read more


i'm not sure how a collaboration of two artists that good can happen


Inside a world of folk rock, the collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers & Conor Oberst is pretty standard to it, however shining in parts of the track-list with almost distorted sounds that come right after their calm vocals.

Didn't Know What I Was in For - 7.9
Sleepwalkin' - 8.0
Dylan Thomas - 8.3
Service Road - 7.8
Exception to the Rule - 7.8
Chesapeake - 7.9
My City - 8.2
Forest Lawn - 8.0
Big Black Heart - 8.4
Dominos - 8.1

Overall Rating - 8.0

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I love Phoebe Bridgers. Thanks to this collab, I also love Conor Oberst. Better Oblivion Community Center is a timeless collaboration, and this self-titled release will be burned into my heart forever.

While not a perfect record, this album is certainly very strong. Phoebe and Conor were meant to make music together. Their voices are so harmonious, their songwriting styles absolutely work together, and I just can't get enough. I think the first half of this album is certainly stronger with its ... read more

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Added on: January 24, 2019