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Better Oblivion Community Center
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musicmagpie55
75
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
zachthesnack
71
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers release what is undoubtedly the most high profile collab of the year so far.

This is a record ive seen a hundred times. Simple, lovable, well-written and sincere folk music with slight experimentation. Its nothing crazy, but it's a sound as timeless as music itself and you just cant help but smile sometimes when you hear it. :)

Ps. Phoebe has been killing,it lately between this, her last record and,her work with Boygenius, she has been putting out so much ... read more
papadave
74
I'm a slut for Phoebe Bridgers' voice, and she provides a great sample of her usually sentimental sound here. Also Conor Oberst is here. The two have a great chemistry as artists but I feel as if Bridgers often outshines Oberst.
ryanreviews
70
A very nice and well produced Indie album from Phoebe and Conor.
MasterCrackfox
73
Pleasant, harmless indie-rock from two incredibly complimentary voices in the world of that genre. Although I did not become familiar with the work of Brigers until her most recent album was released, I have followed the career of Oberst now for more than a decade and it is always a welcome experience to hear his recognizable voice on any type of work. The instrumentation on this record is not entirely dynamic or new, but as mentioned, the complimentary nature of the two artists voices is what ... read more
WildChameleon
60
Cute but efficient.

But. I cannot help myself, I find this album really average. Phoebe and Conor delivers a lazy performance and it's a shame because they are really talented. Phoebe doesn't push her voice, there is any peak in the production/instrumentations and I don't find the songwriting incredible. Phoebe realeased so much things in nearly one year, it's difficult to occult the differents works. Despite that, it's difficult to not enjoy the entire album. Average means also that there are ... read more
jordymusic
81
A tight indie folk rock album here. Lovely, sincere and lyrically profound. Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers vocals and styles work perfectly together. There's some songs that run into repetitive and stylistically conventional habits but even those are pleasant and well performed. Puts you into a nice, reflective place.
Aoaystheory
84
Love this, but I really want to hear another solo project from Phoebe. Her debut was incredible and completly outshines these collabs.
laz456
60
A little frustrated. This should be so much better than it is.
NR
We are so blessed. A big thanks to my personal friends, Phoebe & Conor.
KIDWITHGUNs
75
Great

Oddly unique, there are scenes that are colourful and fun, the chemistry between both of the vocalists work. Nothing too exciting, and while there may not be that many fantastic cuts, the album goes places and makes the listening experience engaging.

Best: Big Black Heart, Exception to the Rule, Service Road

Weakest: Forest Lawn
JulianGomez974
64
Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst team up with an album that has all the potential for an impressive collaborative folk rock album but sadly it ends up feeling rushed and repetitive at moments. The production overall is pleasant and the vocals are ok, however I can't find anything here that makes a difference for me, it's not that they need to try something compeletely crazy to stand out but it seems so safe at most moments. I was expecting more tracks with that juvenile and carefree vibe of ... read more
DiegoPaim01
65
Sem graça até dizer chega. Parece q a phoebe bridgers - uma artista q até então eu tenho gostado, mas seu estilo ta se tornando repetitivo e vazio - tira tudo q tem de interessante no cornor e eles ficam os dois strumming suas guitarras falando de nada, mas com palavras q indicam "sentimentos". É vazio demais, essa colaboração realmente não precisava sair.
MinatoArisato
75
A fun and tight little indie rock album. Better Oblivion Community Center is a collaboration between Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers that utilizes both of their soothing voices and writing talents. It's fun and easy on the ears whilst giving that melancholic subject matter the album is going for. It isn't anything new or even all that special but it is a fun time you can enjoy any time.

Best Track: Service Road
Worst Track: Exception to the Rule
dlspslb
70
warm
vincentbiz
84
This record is full of some great songs. Conor and Phoebe have really found a good thing by working together. Both artists are strong songwriters, musicians, and vocalists; their traits really shine on these 10 tracks. A few songs sounded just like listening to Bright Eyes, while other tracks were unlike anything either artist had released previously. One of the best records of 2019 so far.

Highlights: Sleepwalkin, Service Road, Exception to the Rule
Scuba
80
This is nice. It is always good to hear Oberst when he's a little less country/americana and more indie rock. Plus, it's the first time that I've been able to enjoy Bridgers without cringing halfway through one of her projects. Their voices work really well together.

Favorite Tracks: Big Black Heart, Exception to the Rule, Sleepwalkin'
JohnLouisHoward
80
Phoebe Bridgers must enjoy being part of something seemingly fun and effortless after her emotionally intense solo efforts and master-level songweaving with boy genius. Conor Oberst has always been a generous musical partner and is certainly one musician who has great taste in (other people's) music. it works, but it doesn't look like or sound like "work".
luna128
NR
I LOVE YOU CONOR THANK YOU SO MUCH
TheBravesDH
78
Really surprised not only that this exists, but by how much I like it. I've been a fan of Conor for quite a number of years and thought Phoebe was the strongest member of the recent boygenius project. This is mostly pretty standard indie singer-songwriter stuff with exceptional lyrics and executed very well. They harmonize better than I ever imagined they would and really make this feel like a true 50-50 collaborative effort.
distraughtonaut
62
It's arguably good music, just not very interesting music. Nothing stands out that much to me in terms of tracks that I will remember. It does provide a certain calmness, and these two obviously know what they are doing. I just didn't get as much out of it as I wanted.

Fav Track: Big Black Heart
Hawros
75
Will listen to anything Phoebe Bridgers is on, and this is a loving, gentle collaboration. Lovely.
JustSomeGuy
82
This is definitely a great collaboration. Although I haven't heard anything from Conor Oberst before, I can say that his voice goes so well with Phoebe Bridgers'. Furthermore, their styles also fit together brilliantly, creating a really fun listening experience.
However, I do need to step back and ask myself: how many times in the future will I actually come back to this? To be honest, probably not much.

Favourite Tracks: Sleepwalkin'; Big Black Heart; Dylan Thomas; My City; Didn't Know What ... read more
80
Absolutely blown away by this album. A 2019 must hear!
ChukPizel
38
Not to say that there aren’t good songs, but this thing is apperently better than Malibu Ken? Nah, although there are truly emotional songs, those songs are drowned by uninspiring and bland musical instrumentals. And the thing is that sense that is most of the songs, the other more confrontational or simply just different instrumentals, although good, feel incredibly misplaced. It is like these guys would know that they would bore you so they just added random crap to keep your attention.
amygoodall
55
good
60
I was a little disappointed in this collaboration. On paper it seems to be a perfect meeting of minds but the result didn't pack the lyrical or sonic punch that the two artists solo careers are a bit better at. There is little here that distinguishes this collaboration from a run of the mill indie folk record and there aren't many standout tracks worth drawing attention to. I wanted to like this album but I don't see myself ever returning to it.
Corey_Larkin
76
Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers team up to craft a beautifully produced album centered around small vignettes of personal experience and general philosophical musings on every day life. Gently strummed acoustic guitars transform into fuzzed out folk-rock ballads as Bridgers and Oberst take their listeners though their most vulnerable thoughts and emotions in the hope of sparking the same vulnerability in their audience.
70
Some songs are better than others but overall, it’s very enjoyable.

Right now my favorites are Sleepwalkin’, Service Road, and Forrest Lawn
DukeEman
75
Apart from the great band name, it took a while to grow on me, but the last four tracks shows their true diversity as they became less folky art...
SebastianWolf
70
As a Bright Eyes fan, I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t dissapointed. Conor Oberst continues to be one of my favorite lyricists, and Bridgers adds a lot to the sound. Sadly, the record lacks some edge and otherwise pleasant songs end up being forgetable. Better Oblivion Community Center is a fun and dense record that won’t leave much of an impact on the music scene as a whole.

Favorite lyrics: “Sit on the couch and think about how living's just a promise that I ... read more
76
As Better Oblivion Community Center, Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst push themselves to their limits, occasionally for the worse but mostly for the better

Give A Listen To: “Sleepwalkin”, “Dylan Thomas”, “Service Road”, “Forest Lawn”, “Dominoes”

Least Favorite Track: “Exception to the Rule”

Genre: Indie Folk / Folk Rock
NarrativeCoffee
66
inofensivo
80
The duo delivers a great set of well written indie rock songs with dynamic vocals and melodies.

Fav Tracks: Didn't Know What I Was In For, Dylan Thomas, Exception to the Rule, My City, Big Black Heart, Dominos

Worst Track: Chesapeake

8/10
64
A pretty clean-cut, safe indie folk album that is emotionally raw but ultimately inessential and at times a bit of a bore. Oberst and Bridgers's voices blend incredibly well together and both artists song writing abilities shine through, building warm and pleasant indie that pertains a string sense of emotion. However, too many are simply forgettable and slip away without any real impact

Best Track: My City

Edit: On another listen, it really didn't have any lasting power for me
PSHANDY
80
元Bright EyesのConor OberstとUSインディー界の新ミューズPhoebe Bridgersによるコラボレーションアルバム。聴けば聴くほどその美しいメロディとコーラスワークの妙にハマる。
ryleu_
90
the album is truly beautiful and brilliant. the band name goes so well with their sound, making me feel like im listening to it in the middle of a community center itself. it reminds me of the basics and simplicity of rock music, but also has a distinct touch of stylishness given by their voices and guitar tones. the songs were written so intelligently and you can see the touches of both phoebe and connor. my favorite track would definitely be chesapeake, it reminds me of being stranded on ... read more
bertdrew
69
1. Didn't Know What I Was in For - 7.5
2. Sleepwalkin' - 7.0
3. Dylan Thomas - 7.0
4. Service Road - 5.0
5. Exception to the Rule - 5.5
6. Chesapeake - 7.0
7. My City - 7.0
8. Forest Lawn - 8.5
9. Big Black Heart - 8.0
10. Dominos - 6.0
CLJesse
79
This is super cute. Don't love it nearly as much as Connor's work with Bright Eyes, but this isn't bad at all.

Favorites: Sleepwalkin', Dylan Thomas

Least Favorites: Didn't Know What I Was In For, Chesapeake
80
Better Oblivion Community Center embodies a sense of warmth and relaxation that is just pleasant. None of the songs are specifically bad, so it works well for a full listen. It doesn't do anything new, but the pure consistency, great songwriting and lyrics make it great.

Best Track: Dylan Thomas

Worst Track: Sleepwalkin' (If I had to pick one)
iamnicmoore
83
QUICK THOUGHTS: Everything needed to make a good folk-rock album is here - blistering self-aware social commentary, brutal honesty, and instrumentation that stays fresh from front to back. Bridgers and Oberst have great chemistry together and manage to share the spotlight proportionally. The album isn't reinventing the genre but isn't trying to - nor does it need to. They play to their strengths with an almost always positive return.

BEST TRACKS: SLEEP WALKIN', DYLAN THOMAS, SERVICE ROAD, MY ... read more
DexterMoody
83
Start liking just after Phoebe said the first words. Started loving it just after Conor joined her. Perfect mix.
The first track is the highlight of the album for me. The strenght of the album is the quality of the songwriting and the amount of feelings that are in the songs. That is seen at full power in DKWIWnF, such an emotional track.
Reminds me so much of Mount Eerie.

Fav: Didn't Know What I Was In For, Dominos, Service Road
Least Fav: Exception to the Rule
thomasuic
88
The teaming up of Pheobe Bridgers and Conor Oberst will definitely go down as one of the highlights of 2019. Smooth album from front to back with some clever lyrics, simple yet effective instrumentation. The album is one of the easiest listens in current indie rock scene. Also this awesome introduction of folk to the mix makes this album stand out in eclecticism. Had a doubt about the expiry date of this album but after listening to it for a dozen times since its release date I am sure that I ... read more
asowersby
82
Being longtime fan of Connor Oberst and Bright Eyes and loving the boygenius EP last year. I love this album it is a very high and pristine folk album and I love it.
Plats
84
I haven’t heard any of these artists’ songs yet, but both Phoebe Bridgers and Connor Oberst’s songwriting and production styles complement each other really well, making for one sweet, adorable and fun collaborative record.

Fav Tracks: Sleepwalkin’, Exception To The Rule, Big Black Heart, Dylan Thomas, Dominos, Chesapeake

Least Fav Track: Forest Lawn

Score:
8.4
Great
newslang
77
The collaboration of these two gentle and honest songwriters makes for one of the most delightful folk rock albums in recent memory.
rosevean
80
#2 Sleepwalkin #3 Dylan Thomas
#5 Exception to the Rule #9 Big Black Heart
TheRootBoy
73
An indie-folk album that can do no harm. The inventive collaboration of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. It's an inspiring take on demolition not getting the better of you or the ones you love. Haven't listened to much Bright Eyes in some time and Phoebe Bridgers' music I've only barely touched and yet I can tell I won't lose that same kind of intrigue for either of them any time soon.
808thDimension
70
This isn't fair, I'm too big of a sucker for both of them.

faves: Didn't Know What I Was in For, Sleepwalkin', Dylan Thomas, Big Black Heart, Dominos
PatrickL0419
75
Bridgers and Oberst maintain their gargantuan grip over contemporary folk rock.
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