I couldn’t have been more wrong. Broken Dreams Club, while only 6 tracks, is spectacular. The opening tune, The Oh So Protective One is deliciously reminiscent of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, while Heartbreaker is the song Conor Oberst wishes he had written. The third and fourth tracks, Broken Dreams Club and Alright continue the quest for really simple yet beautiful tunes. Then there is a Substance, a song that sounds like it was written and performed by a band with decades more experience and maturity. The 7-minute closer, Carolina, meanders around for about 4 and half minutes, exploring pleasant dissonances before erupting into gorgeous simple melodic lines to close the album.
Despite only having six songs, Broken Dreams Club feels like it could be an entire album. There’s enough here to entertain you for a while, and it’s all well done.