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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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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 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
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I started listening to this cd when it first came out while I was in grade 7. I do not remember how I discovered them at such a young age, but my three favourite cd's at that time were: The Shins cd, "oh, inverted world". Death Cab For Cutie's , "plans" and lastly Bright Eyes, "I'm wide awake it's morning". I listened to these three cd's religiously that whole year well hermitting inside my home playing World of Warcraft (I skipped that year of school), songs like 'first day of my life', and 'we are nowhere and it's now' and 'landlocked blues' would bring me to tears. The only reasons I mentioned those other two cd's is because my taste in music has changed a great deal in the last 7 years, and I do not love 'oh, inverted world' or 'plans' nearly as much as I used to, but my love for 'I'm wide awake it's morning' is still as strong as it ever was...
If you are looking for a good introduction to bright eyes, or for some reason have never listened to this cd, I could not reccomend it enough; and the gift of Emmylou Harris doing back up vocals really ties the bow on this amazing gift of an album.
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.Read more ›
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Oh yeah, love this CD. Bright eyes is a true poet with the gift of expressing passion in his voice. Good!Published 8 months ago by Chefawn
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