Picks and Pans Review: More Awesome Alt-Folk: a Buyer's Guide
This Irishman's evocative debut features haunting cello and heavenly backup vocals by Lisa Hannigan.
Key track: the aching "The Blower's Daughter."
I'M WIDE AWAKE, IT'S MORNING (2005)
Conor Oberst's outfit burns with romantic and political passion.
Key track: "First Day of My Life," a sweetly twangy tune.
I SPEAK BECAUSE I CAN (2010)
This was nominated for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize last year.
Key track: the richly warm "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)."
BEEN LISTENING (2010)
Clearly this British troubadour has an ear for traditional sounds, including Celtic influences.
Key track: the lovely, lilting title song.