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  • Summary: The more experimental of Conor Oberst's two releases in January 2005 is the electronic-flavored 'Digital Ash,' which includes some help from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner and the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Riskier but not totally out of character; it's the more holistic right brain to Wide Awake's rational left brain. [Feb 2005, p.81]
  2. 88
    There are a few failed experiments... but these failures are punctuated by astounding moments. [#14, p.95]
  3. 80
    Bright Eyes' foray into the digital domain is among the more interesting experiments of this young year. [Mar 2005, p.109]
  4. Over-produced and (regrettably) heavily dependent on synth-powered '80s grooves.
  5. The good songs don't start kicking in until about halfway through, after many synth glitches and botched break beats. But once it gets going, it's phenomenal.
  6. Up against the carefully realized Wide Awake, Digital Ash is a mess, and not just sonically.
  7. 20
    Ghastly. [Feb 2005, p.102]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 6 out of 55
  1. stevel
    Jan 24, 2005
    I put this album on and for the next 50 mins or so i was quite sure i held my breath in amazement. Absolutely mind-blowing and i'm so pleased i chanced upon it.This is up there with the best of all time....sheer perfection.... Expand
  2. Devin
    Jun 5, 2005
    What Radiohead could be if they weren't so self-conscious and serious.
  3. Oct 9, 2011
    My favourite songs on the album are 1)Take It Easy (Love Nothing) 2)I Believe in Symmetry 3)Gold Mine Gutted 4)Hit the Switch. The ending of the song Devil in the Details is also freaken brilliant. While this album is not the most beloved by Bright Eyes fans, I find the lyrics deep and incredibly relatable. Some of my favourite songs are contained within. Expand
  4. RyanM.
    Jan 23, 2005
    Unbelievable. It's a revelation for a guy who's made what I believe to be a string to dumb albums..."Digital Ash" is unquestionaboly the better between it and the "I'm Wide Awake" disc. Expand
  5. BryanM
    Mar 15, 2005
    "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" is an amazing record, despite what most critics think. Conor's amazing voice and all of the great music on this album combine for one of the best releases of 2005. Expand
  6. victorh
    Jan 24, 2005
    not as apparently beautiful as wide awake with its melodies but contains several songs of equal sentiment and sincerity
  7. ScottH
    Apr 2, 2005
    This album is so forgettable, the music rubbish, and his words are borderline retarded. I can't believe their saying he's the voice of the new generation. I've tried and tried to like this but it just got more annoying as it went along. The fact that it's getting such a great review on user comments shows us that they know less then actual critics ( who I've always hated ). Expand

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