|Studio album by|
|Released||October 14, 2016|
|Recorded||February 11-12, 2016|
|Studio||ARC Studios, Omaha, Nebraska|
|Conor Oberst chronology|
|Consequence of Sound||B-|
|Drowned In Sound||9/10|
On October 28, 2015, in the midst of Desaparecidos' tour for their second studio album Payola, it was announced that Conor Oberst had been hospitalized due to "laryngitis, anxiety, and exhaustion," according to a press release. The entirety of Desaparecidos' remaining tour dates were cancelled and Oberst returned to his hometown of Omaha to recuperate. Oberst would spend the coming months in Omaha, where he would go on to write and record the songs that make up Ruminations.
The songs were recorded in the winter of 2015 at ARC Studios in Oberst's native Omaha, Nebraska, with all the songs recorded in the span of 48 hours. They feature Oberst playing by himself. In a press release, Oberst described Ruminations' inception:
|"||I wasn't expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone.||"|
Described as an acoustic album, the songs on the album solely feature Oberst with a guitar, piano, and a harmonica. All ten songs were re-recorded with fuller arrangements on Oberst's following album Salutations.
The cover art features an image of Oberst playing the piano and the harmonica with a microphone and sheet music on display, marking the album's low-production and minimal instrumentation.
All tracks written by Conor Oberst.
|2.||"Barbary Coast (Later)"||4:12|
|5.||"Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)"||3:57|
|6.||"The Rain Follows the Plow"||3:29|
|7.||"A Little Uncanny"||4:13|
|8.||"Next of Kin"||3:26|
|9.||"You All Loved Him Once"||3:49|
|10.||"Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out"||4:10|
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||54|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||103|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||82|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||31|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||55|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||77|
|US Billboard 200||72|