Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning / Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

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Bright Eyes

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning / Digital Ash In A Digital Urn - Saddle Creek Records

I’ve finally done it. It took me a while, I kept brushing it off, ignoring it, and then looking right past it. But now I’ve done it. I’ve finally figured out Bright Eyes.

Imagine if you could, a cool spring day. The snow just melted, and the sun is starting to show its face. Its slightly cloudy outside, as you work on cleaning the yard. The day comes to an end, you’ve just spent an afternoon talking to your dad while breaking up dead tree branches and making a bomb fire. Your mom comes home and you eat supper around the fire you made, and you sit around talking, drinking a nice cold drink. It goes quiet for a second and you hear your CD in the background, you tell your parents to stop and listen to this song you like. And then it hits you. This is what Bright Eyes is supposed to be. It is able to break the barrier of generations, bring the listener together, and truly appreciate the music. It is smooth, relaxing, mesmerizing and just flows. It is not meant to invigorate you, fill the listener with tons of energy nor truly excite them, it is supposed to just be listened to and appreciated; and although it took me a while to realize that, I now understand it.

On January 25th, Bright Eyes (aka Conor Oberst) simultaneously released two albums, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning along with Digital Ash In A Digital Urn. The first of the two being a more folksy, acoustic, almost country album while the later is a more electronic one. Both are distinctively Bright Eyes, but both are distinctively different. If you’ve ever hear anything about Oberst, then you’ve probably heard people comparing to him Bob Dylan, both lyrically and musically. This comparison is both true and false. Bright Eyes‘ lyrics aren’t amazing, and for the most part don’t stand out by themselves. But give them a musical background and melody along with Oberst’s salty vocals, then you see the true power start to happen.

Both albums, while different, need to be heard together to truly be appreciated. They contradict each other and compliment each other so well, that it makes it feel like they should have been released as one disc instead of two. It takes time before learning how to truly listen to the albums, and takes a good few listens before you understand it.

Bright Eyes‘ I’m Wide Awake… and Digital Ash… make for a memorable play list. Its music to play while thinking about life, opening your mind and heart to endless possibilities and outcomes. It is not something you can just pull out and listen to anytime, but is a great spin at certain times, the only downside being that the discs are sold separately. Which would I recommend? Easily I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.