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Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center

Better Oblivion Community Center

Debut collaboration between singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers and Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Dead Oceans
UK Release date
25/01/2019
US Release date
25/01/2019
  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The soundtrack to that great American road trip
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  2. 8.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It’s full of charming melodies, carefully placed harmonies, and biting lyrics from two of the most influential songwriters around
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  3. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    A cohesive, creative, and multi-faceted record that will over-joy fans of both artists while offering the spark of magic that so rarely comes with these kinds of collaborations
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  4. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The kind of warm and fuzzy record that provides listeners with a soul-lifting ending no matter which path they choose
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    On their surprise collaboration, indie-folk heroes Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers find hope amid chaos; the record succeeds on its own merits, regardless of its authors’ impressive statuses
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  6. 8.0 |   NOW

    It’s on the quietest songs that Better Oblivion Community Center make their biggest impact
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  7. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A loose but beautifully crafted collection of folk-rock songs
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  8. 8.0 |   Punk News

    With such amazing writers, this album's going to drill deep down into you and leave you missing the things you need in life
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  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst debut their new duo with a raw, redemptive album
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  10. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    It’s the honest, insightful manner with which both Oberst and Bridgers have approached Better Oblivion Community Center that makes it such a delight
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    On paper, BOCC sounds like an indie fan’s dream, and as sure as vintage amps are cool, it certainly is
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    The best parts of the album are the moments where it doesn't sound exactly like anything either artist has released before
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  13. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Showcases the complementary talents of two of America's most talented songwriters
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  14. 8.0 |   DIY

    It combines both of their styles to create something that doesn’t sound quite like either
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  15. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    A tight-knit folk-rock album about alienation, solitude, and our potential to better ourselves against bad odds
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  16. 7.5 |   The 405

    The two have a natural chemistry, and frequently bring out the best in each other
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  17. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Frequently finds Bridgers and Oberst bringing out the best of each other
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  18. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    It might surprise you on Better Oblivion Community Center how much they rock
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  19. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Capitalizes on the musicians’ best tendencies while largely avoiding their worst
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  20. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It’s a surreal consultation with culture’s history books, a sarcastic narration of LA-dreaming and the troubled artist
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  21. 7.0 |   All Music

    NEW While both performers are too iconic for Better Oblivion Community Center to truly feel separate from their respective bodies of work, there's still a strange magic that comes from the combination
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  22. 6.0 |   Q

    These songs play to both their strengths. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Bridgers is clearly a talent and it’s good to see Oberst, who has had a horrible time of late, get a little spring back into his step
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It can be one-note, but ultimately this collaboration between two artists known for their emotionally lacerating lyrics is all about the writing
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