Single Review: Conor Oberst – I don’t want to die (in the hospital)

By on Monday, 3rd November 2008 at 7:33 pm

Conor OberstConor Oberst has always had the knack of causing division amongst his fans. Each one of his albums seems to have a completely different sound showing the talent and variety that Conor can produce. His latest album (bright eyes) has followed route and is nearly unrecognisable to past releases. The tracks on Bright Eyes also show the depth of skill Conor Oberst has and the tune that stands out has to be I don’t want to die (in the hospital).

Conor raves it up big time with this piano driven tune and the high octane tempo is sure to grab the ears attention. The song boasts exceptional lyrics such as “They don’t let you smoke and you can’t get drunk/ all there is to watch are these soap operas,” giving the track a fantastic sense of wit.

The tune is not some people’s cup of tea but its sheer oddness gives the track as well as the album a bit of extra charm. So what kind of thoughts do you need to produce this sort of manic song? When asked what inspired him, Oberst replied with a story of someone he met in a hospital. “This guy didn’t mind the idea of dying, but he just didn’t want to die in such an undignified place (as a hospital). He wanted to be out in the desert, under the stars. He told me if he was ever in a hospital that I should break him out. It’s a jailbreak song.”

The tune has its doubters but Conor Oberst has probably produced something for everyone in his career. Conor has a busy November tour list in America but if you can’t make the venues check out his Myspace.

Top photo comes from massayoshi oota’s flickr stream under the Creative Commons License.

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