Take It Easy Single, Maxi
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One of a pair of new Bright Eyes singles being released, "Take it Easy (Love Nothing)" offers a sneak preview of Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, one of two full-length albums set to hit stores in January 2005. Why two? They are two decidedly different singles, previewing two decidedly different albums. Digital Ash in a Digital Urn features the more eclectic and pop-based sounds Bright Eyes has only alluded to in the past. Think of what happens when a New York inspired guy heads back to Nebraska and pushes the recording studio to its limit."Take it Easy (Love Nothing)" features one song from Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and two tracks exclusive to the single. Exclusive tracks include a cover of Simon Joyner's "Burn Rubber" and the instrumental "Cremation."
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The playful single "Take it Easy" uses eighties keyboards and upbeat guitar jangles along with backwards drums which sound as if Jimmy Tamberello (Dntel/Postal Service) programmed them. The effervescent song has a pre-written application to be on a modern day Pretty in Pink soundtrack. The single exclusive track "Burn Rubber," a southern bumpkin song filled with blazing banjos, is a cover of Secretly Canadian's Simon Joyner. The closing instrumental exclusive track "Cremation" is beautiful and easy to fall in love with and evokes almost a hypnotic Boards of Canada sound only done with real instruments.
Conor Oberst's song writing is brilliant especially when he breaks into more pop and electronic materials, like "Take it Easy," and "Cremation." I hope "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" continues in this vain and should prove to be a great album.
There are 3 songs on this cd but there is only one that i can really get into, Take it Easy Love is nothing. But in my opinion it is one of the best songs ever written by Conor. This is a great single but it might be worth waiting for the cd in January rather than buy the single unless you are a avid Bright Eyes fan.