Upside Down Mountain - NONESUCH
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Kurt Orzeck on April 24, 2014
“Sometimes I get mistaken for this actor/I guess that I can see it from the side/Maybe no one really seems to be the person that they mean to be/I hope that I am forgotten when I die.” With lyrics like those, Oberst won’t be. The ever-loquacious monster of folk has a lot to say on his latest record (this one finds him particularly obsessed with time), but it’s his growing mastery of orchestration that muzos might appreciate the most. A tip of the cap to Jonathan Wilson, who curated the sound in Nashville—and a round of applause for Oberst.