I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

January 25, 2005

  Song Title
At the Bottom of Everything
We Are Nowhere and It's Now
Old Soul Song (for the New World Order)
Train Under Water
First Day of My Life
Another Travelin' Song
Land Locked Blues
Poison Oak
Road to Joy

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • Copyright: 2005 Saddle Creek
  • Total Length: 45:35
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00150E9NI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,502 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's discouraging to read through all these reviews April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
So many of the negative reviews here seem to center around people's distaste for the media hype that surrounds this kid. What this has to do with the music he creates is of little relevance to me. I try and listen to music with an unbiased ear. It seems to me that most people came to this album with a certain prejudice, and that's a shame. Reading through these reviews makes me feel really out of touch with the pop music scene, and it also makes me glad that I am. I had never heard of Bright Eyes or Connor Oberst, and bought the cd because it showed up on my "amazon recommends" list. I had no real expectations for the cd, but I always "try to like" any cd that I spend my hard-earned money on. Well, I didn't have to try very hard to like it. The cd is full of beautiful songs. The lyrics, which have been described by some as "whiny," might not suit everyone's tastes, and that's fine. But thank God music is about more than lyrics, it's about how those lyrics fit into the context of the song and Connor O. seems to understand that concept. I understand the comparisons to Dylan, even if I don't fully agree with them (Gram Parsons might be a closer match - though Emmylou's voice might be influencing my ear in that comparison). There is a similarity to the way both Dylan and Oberst phrase their lyrics, and both employ lyrical metaphor to great effect. But the main similarity is that they both have a remarkable way of conveying raw emotion in seemingly simple songs.

In short, I generally read one-star and 5-star reviews with an extreme grain of salt so I was reluctant to give this cd a 5-star rating. However, it's the best cd I've bought in a long time and to give it anything less than 5 stars would be disingenous.
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149 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oberst Deliver a Set of Hurting Beauties February 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I am among the many people who read, specially preceding this album's release, much about Oberst's talent before listening to what he has to offer here.

In general, passionate praise for a new musician -particularly when compared to legends like Dylan- has a negative effect on me. I'm more likely to grow skeptical and doubt their value than embracing them, blinded by positive reviews. "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" is an absolute exception to my usual incredulity. I must say I was deeply gratified to see that it lived up to the hype.

I would still not compare him to Dylan -to me, one of the greatest American songwriters who ever lived- yet there are other talented people who do come to mind, with whom reasonable comparisons can be made.

Most recently, in terms of remarkable new voices, Ryan Adams comes to mind. Like Adams, Oberst already shows a depth of feeling beyond his years, and a breadth of musical interests that are beyond average. It does not hurt either, although it would not establish a parallel, that Emmylou Harris offered his voice to both artists' recordings, I think too highly of Ms. Harris to assume that she'd agree to sing here for any other reason than admiration for this young man's songs.

This album is incredibly mature, both musically and lyrically. It is clearly the work of someone who feels deeply the high and low moments of being alive -then again, most people do- what I'm impressed about is that it does not deteriorate into an emotional private diary, which although meaningful to the person writing it, usually holds very little value to the rest of us.

Songs like "We Are Nowhere And It's Now" and "Old Soul Song (For The New World Order)" -both with Emmylou Harris in vocals- are stunning examples of this guy's talent.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing AND hearing Bright Eyes October 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit it, right off: at first I just didn't get Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes). I was either too common or too evolved to buy into his thing, whatever it was and is. Many have boasted that he is a genius, and as many others have convicted him a pretentious fraud. Without a doubt, the first songs I heard grew on me and I liked him. I didn't get him, but I liked the music. I exposed myself to more and then started feeling a little duped. There was a rambling quality to his songs: a little over-wordy. And then I felt the emotions he was conveying were a bit forced- as if he were trying too hard. I lost my ambition to know his music better.

Then, serendipitously, I saw him perform on Austin City Limits. Somehow, what couldn't be translated through my headphones became palpable as I watched and listened. There was an intensity I had previously missed that was all too there as I watched him sweat out the songs before an audience. The passion stuck inside me like a sweet and toxic glue and I found myself infected for life. Now I listen to every song as an afflicted man. I innately "get it" and I absolutely love it.

If you can see Bright Eyes, then you'll truly hear him and thus, feel him. That's how I "see" it. And that's how I got it. Look, I was one who lamented the rise of video music, feeling it detracted from the purity of what music is all about, but this is not about video. It's about connecting the person to his or her songs. Who can deny that seeing the Beatles impacts one as much as hearing the Beatles does?

There's a reason many of us go out of the way to see our favorite artists live. Instinctively, we know there is something elemental to watching them play the songs that come from their souls. We must hear AND see the fire to feel the fire. And Bright Eyes is on fire here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All songs are great.
Great melodies and meaningful lyrics with no weak songs prompted me to buy the whole album instead of individual songs.
Published 1 month ago by L Mozart
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album I've ever heard
This album is perfect. There are two types of people in this world those who enjoy music and those who like music as a background noise. This is for people who like music. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ayala
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Love this album. This was the best Christmas gift my daughter received according to her and the smile when opening
Published 3 months ago by Camilla dawn bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Good quality and like music. I put it in my daughter's Xmas stocking and she was very happy to get it.
Published 3 months ago by Joan Tanguay
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album Art
This is one of my favorite albums, and I am so glad to have it in my vinyl collection. Not only is the sound quality great, but the album artwork alone made it worth the money for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anne Haag
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Generic Reviews.
I started listening to Bright Eyes when I was 15. I am now almost 25 and still listening. This album is absolutely beautiful. I remember when it came out. Bright Eyes on the radio. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matty
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick-ass album
i have listened to this so many times and it keeps on getting better. just wow. i recently discovered bright eyes and have been obsessing over their music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The cd was in great shape and has played very well. Overall I was very pleased with this product. No complaints.
Published 7 months ago by Jordan Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not his best work, I like Conor O., But, I do not like this cd. None of the songs will make it to my Ipod.
Published 10 months ago by john childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied
Very happy with the purchase. Connor Oberst is one of my favorites, and hope he continues to be. If you like anything Bob Dylan or Modest Mouse, give it a listen. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dalton Dowdy
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