Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Digital garnishment works for Wilco, but not so much for the beat-impaired Oberst.
  2. Mojo
    20
    Ghastly. [Feb 2005, p.102]
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. Mar 11, 2015
    9
    Great progression in his work, like graduating college after finishing telling your story from the soil, analyzing your roots, and nowGreat progression in his work, like graduating college after finishing telling your story from the soil, analyzing your roots, and now becoming comfortable in who you are, even it's ashes in an urn. You understand what happened now and understand why you are the way you are (for now) and do the things you do. You might apologize for staring in the vacuum from the back porch of your mind, while ignoring friends who left open invitations, and all the white lines, touching girls from class, where you learned our history has been pointing guns at everything that moves. Now you are hurrying to your death, but when it's easy,lucky,and free before ending up with a condo on the coast trying to get that same feeling, however. You might end up in New England or the Paris of the South, or end up in a Cassadaga of sorts, but you never thought of running, your feet just led the way. This is where you were when you had incomplete's and hooded sweatshirt walks. Full Review »
  2. May 22, 2014
    9
    The fact that Cassadega is the 2nd highest rated B.E. album tells you something about the poor musical sensibilities of most reviewers.The fact that Cassadega is the 2nd highest rated B.E. album tells you something about the poor musical sensibilities of most reviewers. Admittedly, though, I can understand the widely varying ratings and debate over the "quality" of this record. Most Bright Eyes/Oberst fanatics will dismiss it because it's not "Wide Awake" enough, folky enough, or pained enough - the fact of the matter is, though, that objective observers who give the album a chance will fall in love. Despite the electronica overshadowing Bright Eyes' typically overt emotional pleas, I feel that it is actually Bright Eye's most sincere album, mainly because Oberst seemed to ignore the expectations and create a sonically beautiful album first, and worry about how people would interpret his message second. He just seemed to be caught in a "I don't give a **** I'm going to make this album" moment, and the result is his most unique offering. And just like any other album (but especially for this album) you must listen with headphones for the first time to fully appreciate the spectrum of sound. I pity those that can't see the greatness in this album. Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2013
    9
    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 stumbleWow, 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! Full Review »