Bright Eyes released two albums on the same day back in 2005. Those were 'Digital Ash in a Digital Urn' and this one. Conor Oberst is very much from the Elliott Smith school of depressing songwriters who are neither straight up indie nor proper folk. He puts a lot of emotion in his voice which can either melt hearts of his fans or irritate the naysayers. Either way, this one is his most popular and acclaimed album that longtime fans still adore to this day.

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I'm Wide Awake It's Morning by Bright Eyes
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6/10 Clinton 29 November 2006
One of the main drawbacks of this job is that every couple of years or so I have to write about a record by Bright Eyes, for the only reason that out of the 3 Norman Records staff, I will be the one who is the least rude. Today I have to write about two new Bright Eyes albums. It must be my lucky fucking day. First up is 'I'm wide awake it's morning' . Mr Oberst desperately wishes he was either Simon Joyner or Daniel Johnston. He is neither. Instead he collaborates with Emmylou Harris. That's all you need to know about this record. The next one is called 'Digital Ash in a Digital Urn' and differs from  the other album in that it has a more 'electronic' production. It has a more edgy feel to it and Oberst's voice is double/triple tracked so it sounds a bit more interesting. If I had to buy one of these albums it would be this one. In fact on first listen I kinda quite like it. I better go for a lie down. We have these on CD and vinyl.

8/10 Penrith Steve 28th October 2014

I do have a bit of problem with Conor Oberst although I do like a few of his albums. I believe that the emotion he puts into a lot of his music is false and therefore comes across as unnecessarily mawkish. Indeed, "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" starts with an annoying monologue in that fashion. However, there are some great songs on here and this is his best album by a significant margin. "Digital Ash In A Digital Urn" which was released on the same day is utter rubbish, for example. "Old Soul Song", "Lua" and "I'm Nowhere and It 's Now" are some of his best songs. If you're going to buy one Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst album, make sure it's this one.


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