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|1. At The Bottom Of Everything|
|2. We Are Nowhere And It's Now|
|3. Old Soul Song (For The New World Order) - (with Emmylou Harris)|
|5. Train Under Water|
|6. First Day Of My Life|
|7. Another Travelin' Song|
|8. Land Locked Blues|
|9. Poison Oak|
|10. Road To Joy|
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 mlange 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
Wonderful ideas and instrumentation ruined with a whining voice and an affected, self-destructive manner--difficult to take. Read morePublished on March 24 2005
I put four stars because compared to the records put out by other artists, this record is definitely a 5, but compared to previous efforts from Conor, this album is only a 4. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2005 by "sketchedward"