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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning [Import]

Bright Eyes Audio CD
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The first of two albums (as in, the first to be laid down on tape) is titled I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning; a country-tinged m‚lange of Conor's finest acoustic songs, featuring guest vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris and Jim James (My Morning Jacket).


Conor Oberst is running on dangerous ground: getting his first Dylan comparisons at 12, frolicking with Winona Ryder, releasing two separate albums at once. Didn't he learn anything from Ryan Adams' mistakes? It's a good thing he can write such haunting, intimate songs. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (released simultaneous with Digital Ash In A Digital Urn) is the album the Omaha native has always threatened to make, channeling his country rock influences into articulate, witty ballads that come to life with gorgeous harmonies supplied by Emmylou Harris. The tumbling "We Are Nowhere and It's Now" might be his first actual masterpiece, while the words of album closer "Road To Joy" ("I could've been a famous singer if I had someone else's voice/ But failure's always sounded better") indicate that Oberst might have his head screwed on straight after all. -- Aidin Vaziri

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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To be listned to repeatedly. The appreciation grows with every following song. Sing along with...sure...I do...on the daily. Some of the things said in Conor's songs have become part of my daily thoughts and vocabulary. Very good visual imagery with the lyrics as well. Going to see the show May 18th....really looking forward to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide awake March 30 2007
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Most bands take years to polish up their mediocre albums. But indie-country-rock wunderkind Conor Oberst has released TWO albums at the same time, "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" and "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn." Startlingly, neither one suffers. "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" is perhaps the more powerful of the two, although it stays rooted in safer territory.

Oberst keeps his eye on sadness and disenchantment, with his life and the city around him. All that emotion gives the twenty-four-year-old's songs a raw feeling, especially the first single "Lua." It's a fragile, wounded ballad where Oberst sounds a little hungover and a lot depressed. ""We might die from medication/but we sure killed all the pain/what was normal in the evening/by the morning seems insane," he sings, in a voice that sounds like it's about to break into sobs. Poor guy.

That dramatic tremble keeps going in the slower, simpler songs. But Oberst indulges in more bluesy-rockiness in songs like the pensive "We Are Nowhere And It's Now," or the angsty yet bouncy "Another Travellin' Song," which has train whistles in the background. But surprisingly, Oberst never SOUNDS indulgent.

While its sister album experiments in the tradition of Radiohead -- synth wobbles and all -- "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" sits firmly on an alt-country foundation. Reportedly it's all about Oberst moving to New York, and all the nerves, loneliness and bewilderment of his move.

Many of the songs are mostly Oberst and a guitar, both quietly trembling through his sad songs; a few of them have more instrumental backup, especially the catchier tunes. The stripped-down sound suits Oberst, since it lets his songwriting skills shine through, be it an anti-war rant or a drug-hazed night out with a date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best Bright Eyes cd yet April 13 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Simply put the best Bright Eyes cd yet. Beautiful lyrics put to well-constructed music. There's more control than in his previous cds and the album flows better than the others. It's the kind of CD you'll want to listen to over and over again
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4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introduction to Conor's universe Jan. 15 2006
Format:Audio CD
It,s a great album : the firts i've listen to ! It took me like 4-5 time to appreciate it . But I am convertate to his music. Like every song is different . But Lua , Lanlocked blues and Poison Oak ... makes me feel sad , but sometimes that all I want . And on Poison Oak he just says to everybody he's bisexual : In a polaroids you were dressed in woman's cloth . But it,s not the first time he does . But I don't care about his sexual desires , he's an intelligent kid !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Bright Eyes July 29 2007
By Grenna
Format:Audio CD
An excellent album for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Every song flows well into the next. "Land Locked Blues" and "Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)" are both top notch. Expect to hear a vast assortment of sounds in this album; trumpets, subtle electronic effects, mandolins, banjos, vibraphones, harmonicas, and more. Oberst's vocals are borderline whiny, but it works. A definite 5 stars is what this album deserves.
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