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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Author: Bobby Tanzilo
01/14/2005 | Onmilwaukee.com | www.onmilwaukee.com | Album Review
It's not uncommon for an artist to release two discs simultaneously. It's been done. But rarely have both discs been as divergent and as satisfying as the fifth and sixth full-length studio discs by Bright Eyes, aka Conor Oberst.
"I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" is the quieter, most introspective of the two discs released on the Omaha-based Saddle Creek label. Awash with acoustic guitars, jangling electrics, lap steel, medium tempos and melodies, it's the pop/rock singer/songwriter disc.
Meanwhile, "Digital Ash In A Digital Urn" is more rhythmic, more heavily laden with effects and has more diversity in tempos and styles.
"Lua," from the first disc, and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)," from the latter, are finding equal success, it seems, having debuted at numbers one and two, respectively, on Billboard's Hot 100 singles sales chart.


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