Better Oblivion Community Center is the indie super duo of singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers (recently of Boygenius) and Conor Oberst (a.k.a. Bright Eyes). If you wanted a top notch album early in the year then your dreams have come true! Phoebe and Conor, both beautiful vocalists in their own right, pair together so incredibly well it’s unnerving. Their talent and potential are on full display during the first half of the album.
Their vocal harmonies weave and melt together while supported by unique, catchy lyrics and masterfully produced melodies. The second half leaves behind many of the instruments, allowing both artists to flex the carrying capacity of their voices. One or two numbers fall flat but most are executed incredibly well, resulting in a sublime set of songs that’s already in the running for Best Album of 2019.