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- Posted on Jan 26th 2011 11:00AM by Benjy Eisen
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As an album, 'The People's Key,' due Feb. 15, thematically dances with science fiction, time travel and -- at its heart -- humanity. And while the track 'Haile Selassie' certainly plays into that in many ways, it's also a typical Oberst take on a historical figure -- and all it seems to fall together like puzzle pieces. The right pieces.
Ethiopia's Emperor from 1930 to 1974, the actual Haile Selassie was not only a defining figure in African history but he also transcended his political post to, perhaps unexpectedly, become a central religious figure in Jamaica. The Rastafari movement considers him to be the Biblical messiah, the son of God here to lead followers into a new golden age. Neither he nor Oberst can actually lay claim to doing that, but both, in their own way, have gotten us just a little bit closer. As Oberst sings on the track, "I've seen stranger things happen before."
Conor Oberst Talks About 'The People's Key' and the Future of Bright Eyes