Conor Oberst and the band has found within themselves a new energy, a new arrangement of thought, peppered with the Rastafari Movement and an awareness of I and I and the One Love shared by and within us all (that is,the power is within us all to awaken and be on a positive path to an enlightened future). This album is a rich, balanced culmination of Conor's musical journeys, and there are audible hints indicating inspiration from Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer's "Pinkerton," from 80's synthesizer energy to the late rock aesthetics. This is a solid album, bridging the band's soul-searching double release in '05 and the spiritual journey of Cassadaga from '07 into this new message of enlightenment and universal truths.
I don't intend for this to appear as psychobabble. This is just the view from the air with this CD as my rocket.