In a review of his new album with reformed band 'Bright Eyes', Conor Oberst is measured against Morrissey:
- Bright Eyes, “The People’s Key” (Saddle Creek) ★★★
Being a fan of Conor Oberst is like being a fan of Morrissey. When you were both young, he changed your life (“Hatful of Hollow”). Shortly after the solo career debuted, the shame slunk in (“Kill Uncle”), the proselytizing ceased, the relationship became closeted. Eventually, maybe in your 30s, the consistency and sharpness of his lyricism dawns on you (“You Are the Quarry”). You become aware of what a steady companion he’s been even as you put away childish things — and realize, with genuine surprise, that he didn’t turn out to be one of them.
Oberst fans are just about to reach that realization, guided in their first steps by this surprising, grandiose album, available today (Oberst’s 31st birthday). The mythologized singer-songwriter has returned to his trio, the vaunted Bright Eyes, after swearing them off and focusing on separate projects for a few years (a solo record, the Mystic Valley Band, the Monsters of Folk with M. Ward)... - http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/3860126-421/spin-control-reviews-of-recent-cd-releases.html