Bright Eyes

I'm Wide Awake It's Morning [Remastered]

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Track Listing

    Track Title


  1. At the Bottom of Everything
  2. We Are Nowhere and It's Now
  3. Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)
  4. Lua
  5. Train Under Water
  6. First Day of My Life
  7. Another Travelin' Song
  8. Land Locked Blues
  9. Poison Oak
  10. Road to Joy


Last time around, Conor Oberst -- who for all intents and purposes, is Bright Eyes -- shoved all of his interests into one long, overstuffed epic, but with the simultaneously I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, he separates the country-rock on the former and the messy modernistic indie rock on the latter, as if to counter the criticisms that he can't focus. I'm Wide Awake is designed as a nakedly honest singer/songwriter album, somewhat inspired by the classics of the genre in the '70s -- he even recruits Emmylou Harris for some harmonies, hoping that some of the Gram Parsons' magic will rub off. Stripped of the careening, dramatic, arrangements of Lifted, Oberst's music seems simpler, and while his voice -- a quavering bleat that's halfway between Feargal Sharkey and the Dead Milkmen's Rodney Anonymous -- is an acquired taste; fans will find this to be his most direct album yet. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi