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Conor Oberst: A Critical Discography

A look at the singer-songwriter's growth from lo-fi warblings to studio whiz

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // May 23, 2014

Conor Oberst recently returned with Upside Down Mountain, an album that SPIN described as “not a major reinvention, but a work of immense beauty that both transcends pre-existing narratives and suggests that, even as an adult, Oberst can still connect.” To complement our May 2014 cover story on the Nebraskan singer-songwriter, we’ve revisited some of the key records from Oberst’s lengthy career, from his ’90s outfit Commander Venus to long-running Bright Eyes project to political punk band Desaparecidos, all of which have led to Upside Down Mountain.