12. "Four Winds"
Album: Cassadaga Year Recorded: 2007
Ditching his sad break-up songs for a change of pace, Conor takes us through an alternate apocalyptic world soundtracked with fiddles, organs and wailing harmonies. "Four Winds" describe murals and religious allusions alongside Cadillacs and company jets, treating the diverse subject matter with equal gravity. Oberst explores the inevitable decline of the earth through lenses of ancient thought rife with modern twist, bringing in imagery from all four corners of the earth, invoking the holy books of the major three religions, and even communing with the dead. The majestic destruction of the world wouldn't be complete without a showdown between the Whore of Babylon and outer space - and only Oberst could meld all this together into a meaningful critique of cultural priorities.