Editors’ Notes As raw and emotionally direct as Oberst has ever sounded. Ruminations finds the singer/songwriter on his own for a set of stark and often unsettling folk—captured over two wintry days in his Nebraska home, following the discovery of a cyst on his brain. “They say a party can kill you,” he sings on “A Little Uncanny,” amid a blur of harmonica and brittle acoustic guitar. “Sometimes I wish it would.” 

SONG
Tachycardia
1
3:38
 
Barbary Coast (Later)
2
4:12
 
Gossamer Thin
3
3:35
 
Counting Sheep
4
3:29
 
Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)
5
3:56
 
The Rain Follows the Plow
6
3:28
 
A Little Uncanny
7
4:15
 
Next of Kin
8
3:26
 
You All Loved Him Once
9
3:49
 
Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
10
4:10