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Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

Author: George Lang
01/07/2005 | Daily Oklahoman | Album Review
The music industry usually falls down a dark hole in January, nursing a hangover inflicted by disappointing sales receipts and bombastic mainstream greatest hits collections released during the holidays. With few expectations and little fanfare, the record companies often use January as a dumping ground for head scratchers, such as Donny Osmond comeback attempts "What I Meant to Say" arrives Tuesday to meet all of your adult contemporary needs.

As luck would have it, 2005 thaws out quickly with several interesting, decidedly noncommercial releases. If the onslaught of "event" CDs left you numb and disinterested, these new discs will serve as a bracing wake-up call.

Bright Eyes, "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" and "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" (Jan. 25) Conor Oberst delved into pop oriented synthetic sounds on one disc while hitting a stripped-down, organic trail on the other. "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" from "Digital" sounds like