The People's Key is the seventh full-length from Omaha's Conor Oberst and is by far the most adventurous of his career. The album comes after Oberst's Bright Eyes "hiatus," which saw him collaborate with the Mystic Valley Band and the group, Monsters of Folk that featured M. Ward and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.
That folk tangent is nowhere to be heard on The People's Key. Oberst has tired of Americana and was clearly out to make something that felt contemporary. The result, according to All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton, is the best album of his career.
Hear Oberst and his Bright Eyes band perform four songs live in the WXPN studio.
This World Cafe segment originally aired April 22.
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