First Listen: Villagers, ‘Becoming A Jackal’

Comparisons will inevitably be made between Conor O’Brien of Villagers and Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst — not only because of the similarity in their names, but also for their similar voices and tentacles that reach back to shared heroes such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Robert Wyatt. But where Oberst’s persona is wide-eyed and vulnerable, O’Brien’s is brooding and elusive, making Becoming a Jackal a beautiful but emotionally and sonically complicated album. It’s also one of the year’s most captivating debuts.

Villagers – I Saw The Dead

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~ by castleqwayr on June 2, 2010.

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