Conor Oberst: You All Loved Him Once

Today, Conor Oberst unveiled his seventh EP Ruminations—an intimate 10-track reflection comprised of the singer’s signature vocals, and not much else beyond piano, guitar and harmonica. From the uncommonly bleak but beautiful album, the stand-out track “You All Loved Him Once” acts much like a microcosm of what lays around it. Emotionalism runs heavy, but it’s never painted thick. The song, and the album as a whole, grant listeners the opportunity to see the world through Oberst’s traumas but his understanding of it all is conveyed with intelligence and understanding.