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Album Review

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is designed to be the musical polar opposite to the simultaneously-released I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, to be the ambitious, modernistic electronic record that stands in contrast to the sepia-toned, classicist acoustic LP. The production and arrangements may have changed, but Conor Oberst's preference to lyrics over music remains the same. Nevertheless, there is more variety and dynamicism on Digital Ash, which makes it a more interesting listen than its companion, even if it's hard not to escape the feeling that the album is Bright Eyes' take on the Postal Service's Give Up.

Customer Reviews

Don't Give Up On This Album

If i have one peice of advice, do not give up on this album. The first time you listen to it, it will disagree with your ears a great deal because of its great contrast to every other Bright Eye's album. By the second time through you will have a great appreciation for how impressive the entire album is. Each song has a very eclectic feel to it. Conor Oberst really outdid himself this time with his use of various sounds and his no limit experimenation throughout the entire album. Very good album, don't judge it by the first listen, it will grow on you, i promise.

Definitely different, but no less amazing.

The first time you listen to this album, you might think you've got the wrong C.D. It's that different from the rest of the Bright Eyes oeuvre, but if you listen to the lyrics you will see that it is undeniably Connor Oberst. I have been listening to Bright Eyes for five years now, but Connor's songwriting can still take my breath away. This album still amazes me after listening to it for a year and a half! I really recommend this album. Even if you are more into the sound of I'm Wide Awake, just listen to the lyrics and you can't help but fall in love. I know most people prefer I'm Wide Awake, but I personally like Digital Ash better. It displays a side of Bright Eyes we have never seen before (except maybe on Lover I Don't Have to Love"). It's like the essence of Bright Eyes wrapped up in black velvet packaging. My favorite tracks are Take it Easy, Gold Mine Gutted, and I Believe in Symmetry, though they are all excellent. If only I could give it more stars...

Amazing, to say the least.

Bright Eyes's album "Digital Ash In a Digital Urn" contrast greatly from its twin "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning". The latter of these two uses a homely accoustic sound, but in "Digital Ash..." Oberst shows his range(with help from Jimmy Tamborello) and gives us an electronic, catchy, and creative album. His songs a long range of tunes from the melancholy "Down In A Rabbit Hole" to the much happier "Take it Easy(Love Nothing)". Oberst caps off the album with "Easy / Lucky / Free" a tune somewhere in the middle. My favorite song on this album is "Devil In the Details", yet another song where Conor pours his heart out on every note.


Formed: 1995 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although many musicians have joined the band's rotating lineup, Bright Eyes is primarily the songwriting vehicle of Conor Oberst, a quivery-voiced Nebraska native who first attracted attention in 1994 -- when he was only 14 years old -- as the singer and guitarist for Commander Venus. Oberst proved to be a prolific musician, joining multiple bands (including Commander Venus, the Magentas, Park Ave., and Desaparecidos) while also co-founding Saddle Creek, an influential label that helped broadcast...
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