Containing what are undeniably some of his finest songs to date, Bright Eyes two 2005 albums I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn provided unequivocal proof that Conor Oberst belonged to the lineage of great American songwriters. These albums are a soundly articulated slice of modern American life rolled into two very different records. The songs are bursting with all of the rough edges and heartfelt poetry for which Bright Eyes records have earned their acclaim, while exposing a glorious new level of depth and texture to the writing and delivery.
Recorded back-to-back and released simultaneously, the albums work in tandem to elucidate both sides of Conor's creative output at the time. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning is a country-tinged mélange of Conor's finest acoustic songs, featuring guest vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, whereas Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is a more produced, band-centric album featuring cameo appearances by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
"An album with the simmering glow of a masterpiece." - Los Angeles Times
"These are the most intense songs he's ever written, one instant classic after another." - Rolling Stone