Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Time Code, the album opener is the least engaging track but the most interesting. People familiar with previous Bright Eyes releases know all about long dragging nonsensical intros, usually lo-fi recordings of people talking. With Time Code, that Bright Eyes tradition is transformed perfectly into its digital counterpart. But as theoretically engaging as that is, it's still way boring to listen to. In fact the album doesn't really hit its stride until track five, the single Love Nothing (Take It Easy). Love Nothing... with fuzzed out guitars by Nick Zimmer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, brings a light bouncy keyboard beat into sync with a traditional Bright Eyes song of rejection. Love Nothing (Take It Easy)'s lyrics "the weatherman's a liar he said it would be raining," are rivaled by the other great track Ship In A Bottle's chorus "Don't adore what's impossible, we have built this ship in a wine bottle / but if you knew how it works we'd have to grow old" for the line you'll have stuck in your head for the longest time. Light Pollution could have been written for I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning with its simple tale of the life and tragic death of a close friend, but being set to an electronic backbeat, it ended up on Digital Ash...
Digital Ash In A Digital Urn is a whole new perspective brought to a stale genre. Bright Eyes samples a scream of fear and makes it into a hook; a baby crying and makes it into a post chorus touchstone. It cannot be written off as an experiment in genre bending; every song on Digital Ash is well composed and self contained. Digital Ash In A Digital Urn demands attention as a complete album of its own rather than as just a passing fancy of an artist from a different scene. As an expression of the times we live in, Digital Ash is a milestone. A country boy from Omaha, Nebraska can reinvent himself in a different world, comment on it, master it, and make a great album out of the experience.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3