Conor Oberst, Jim James, M Ward and Mike Mogis are the Monsters of Folk and never has title been so apt. Apart from the strange opening song ‘Dear God’, which sound distinctly eighties and a little out of place, this is an album of brilliant songs combining the talents of all involved. Like pouring three types of fruit juices into one glass their voices combine and compliment each other to create a sumptuous mix, so rich and layered that at times it’s hard to work out who’s who. The songs themselves range from more upbeat numbers to sweeping ballads and they are really an example of a song writing master class. Individually and in their respective bands these guys are good all together, as you can imagine, they are great and this album doesn’t disappoint on any level. This will undoubtedly be in many ‘best album of 2009’ lists and it deserves to be, here’s to them getting the urge to work together in the future and treat us with some more of this genius.