Conor Oberst doesn't need any more accolades than he's already garnered (named "Best Songwriter" of 2008 by Rolling Stone, constantly compared to Dylan, drowning in the kind of street and commercial cred we all dream of but will never attain), but it's not without merit. His first "solo" album, self-titled and released this year, bristles with goosebump melodies and the shaky confidence trademarked by Oberst's infamous immediacy. Like it or not, he'll be the one our generation is best represented by, as reluctant and sheepish as the Midwest neo-twang he's made legendary. RJP
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