Conor Oberst - Souled Out!!!

Single Review by Jason Morton | 20 Aug 2008
  • Conor Oberst - Souled Out!!!
Single title: Souled Out!!!
Artist: Conor Oberst
Label: Wichita
Release date: 25 Aug

If this record had a scent, it'd be pine or lemon - while perhaps not the number one aroma for many, a large cross-section of the populace can agree these two to be pleasant, and indicative of some effort on the part of the staff to keep things tidy.
And Souled Out!!! is certainly agreeable in this fashion, though not a stand-out single from indie wunderkind Conor Oberst. The inclusion of studio banter (Oberst: "Chorus again, or another one?" Backing singer: "Can I go?") is humourous, if a little indulgent, but also indicative of the lost feeling of the track. With a shout-along chorus and the combo of acoustics and a riff-rock electric line, Oberst's latest ticks most of the boxes of a great radio rock single, but lacks a little in, well, soul. [Jason Morton]

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band play Hydro Connect Festival, Inveraray on 29 Aug.