Review: How the mighty fall, and the once-belittled are finally held up as the prophets their disciples always knew them to be. Conor Oberst has gone from emo folk pin up most people over the age of 20 thought was a little, well, teen maudlin, to a genuinely revered songwriter, with this 10th Bright Eyes album, their first in ten years no less, something of a testament to the qualities more people have started to pick up on.
Of course there's plenty here that falls in line with their gloomy, introverted. outsider youth, folk-rock calling cards. So in many ways not much has changed. But 'Down In The Weeds' is more than simply evidence of the public's fickle nature. It's about a band who have been honing their craft for well over a decade hitting a creative peak while new ears are listening to their back catalogue from fresh perspectives and appreciating what many missed the first time round.