Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center [Magnolia Exclusive]
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Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center [Magnolia Exclusive]

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Her tenderly spooky 2017 debut, Stranger In The Alps, was followed by last year’s dazzling Crosby, Stills & Nash-style Boygenius EP, cut with kindred aces Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker. Now, the 24-year-old Bridgers has another low-key supergroup. The debut by Better Oblivion Community Center opens in the voice of a seasonal hire on “I Didn’t Know What I Was In For,” searching for meaning in a world so full of pain it can drive a person literally insane. 

She’s soon joined by BOCC’s other half: Conor Oberst. Twenty-five years in, he’s a touchstone for a new generation, Bridgers in particular. His emo shiver has become more tremor than seizure; on his recent Ruminations and Salutations LPs, he channeled a complicated, weary dolor. The duo harmonize beautifully, Oberst’s voice often just a brooding floorboard creak behind Bridgers’ brightly bloodshot confidences (see “Chesapeake”). As personas, they’re a duo of damaged survivors, a more dissolute version of Please Like Me’s Josh and Arnold.

-Rolling Stone, Will Hermes 

Tracklist

1. Didn't Know What I Was In For 

2. Sleepwalkin' 

3. Dylan Thomas 

4. Service Road 

5. Exception To The Rule 

6. Chesapeake 

7. My City 

8. Forest Lawn 

9. Big Black Heart 

10. Dominos 


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