Digital Ash In A Digital Urn Image

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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: 45 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  1. 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
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    Wow, just wow. This is absolutely beautiful! Possibly my favorite album by bright eyes, I just can't believe it's taken me so long to stumble across it! Expand

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