I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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
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