I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning Image

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  • Summary: 'I'm Wide Awake' is the more country/acoustic of Conor Oberst's twin January 2005 releases under the Bright Eyes name. Emmylou Harris provides vocals on three tracks.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. An album with the simmering glow of a masterpiece.
  2. Bright Eyes may well be on the verge of finally bridging the gap between his precocious talent and the maturity of an ageless songwriter.
  3. 91
    An often-great set of songs about loneliness. [Feb 2005, p.85]
  4. Easily the most cohesive and consistent album of his career, and one of the first great albums of 2005.
  5. Stripped down and folky... there's no denying Oberst's presence as a major artist who continues to evolve and explore his craft with each release.
  6. A culmination of Bright Eyes' decade-long habit of reviving folk-rock conventions and social engagement for a generation raised on the celebratory egomania of rap and reality television.
  7. Moments, ideas, turns of phrase are jumbled together, good and bad, resulting in the sweet smell of garbage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 88 out of 111
  2. Negative: 17 out of 111
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    It never got better than this for Bright Eyes.. One of the greatest albums of recent times - and stands with the greats of all time.
    album seems to perfectly capture a stage in anyone's life at any given time. From the soul-crushing despairs of heartbreak, to the most hopeful of hopes, to the sour distaste for political affairs.
    This is the type of album that touches one day you and sticks to you for the rest of your life.
  2. JimB
    Mar 9, 2005
    the new dyan?...my friend he is much bettter than that!
  3. Liz
    Jan 15, 2006
    Personally, I thought this was the best cd i've ever owned and bought. When I first listened to it, Conor's voice had this distinctive sound, and it made me want to hear more. I also love how the music makes you forget everything and it captures you, making you want to go through it again. This is a work of art. Expand
  4. margo
    Jan 24, 2005
    All in all a great album.. I picked it up at one of his concerts and it's absolutely amazing. Each song is beautiful and I would highly recommend it. Expand
  5. Johno
    Mar 24, 2005
    Absolutely marvellous. If you ever bump into this guy, buy him a beer and don't mention Dylan. He's one of the greatest songwriters around. Check out 'Fevers & Mirrors' and 'Lifted' too. Expand
  6. DavidM
    Aug 19, 2005
    In a very strong year for emerging folk tinge talents - Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Decemberists...I actually think Oberst, while possibly the most prolific, is the least talented. What sets him apart from the others, however, and has garnered him bigger press, is the more direct/slightly more mainstream core to his sound. Some of the songs here are great (LUA, ANOTHER TRAVELING SONG), others near great and fun (AT THE BOTTOM OF EVERYTHING), but overall this is an inconsistent effort from a promising but still not mature artist. Expand
  7. JimR
    Feb 26, 2005
    God this crap is boring. If you wanna here this kinda music done professionally seek out the latest M. Ward or Bonnie Prince Billy cds.

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