The second of two albums Oberst recorded this year, Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, is a more produced, band-centric album featuring cameo appearances by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Having established himself as a folk singer-songwriter of considerable weight with 2002's--take a deep breath--Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground
, Conor Oberst takes the opportunity to experiment here. Released simultaneously with the more conventional follow-up disc I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
, Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
sees the Omaha based leader of Bright Eyes teaming up with a diverse set of musicians that includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner for a collection of songs that aim to recreate the alien landscapes of Radiohead but more often come off sounding like mid-period Depeche Mode. --Aidin Vaziri