I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2005 Ratings: #23 / 424
User Score
Based on 264 ratings
2005 Ratings: #12
January 25, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Saddle Creek / Label
Folk, Indie Folk / Genres
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What I consider to be one of my favorite indie folk albums of all time, Bright Eyes shine brightest here on I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, more so than any of their previous records. These tracks are perhaps the most subdued they have ever sounded, focusing on the songwriting heavily along with the voice of Oberst.

The album is bookended by two of Bright Eyes strongest songs to date with At the Bottom of Everything and Road to Joy. The first track on the album starts with an intimate bit of ... read more
listened to this again today. hobo johnson ruined the slow burn in this for me, rest of the album is a beautifully crafted work of art, every stroke itself a masterful execution, but together they form the perfect mural of bright eyes' expression. the greatest thing an artist can ever do is make you understand them, at least a part. you might not reach the same conclusion about what you see in something, but to deny the perception of the soul of a true visionary is foolish. all music is a ... read more
One of the greatest indie folk/alt-country albums of all time.
At the Bottom of Everything - 6.5/10
We Are Nowhere and It's Now - 7.4/10
Old Soul Song (For the New World Order) - 7.6/10
Lua - 7.8/10
Train Under Water - 7.2/10
First Day of My Life - 7.7/10
Another Travellin' Song - 6.3/10
Landlocked Blues - 5.5/10
Poison Oak - 6.6/10
Road to Joy - 7.5/10
I was checking Reddit and saw a thread asking what the best singer-songwriter album of the 2000s was, and this was one of the best ones according to them. Now I didn't know this album even existed, so I was very intrigued, and I decided to give this one a go.

And for an album to start with a plane crash and an impromptu birthday party was not what I was expecting, but I was there for the ride (no pun intended). Man, I haven't heard such surreal lyrics since In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (is ... read more
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Track List

  1. At the Bottom of Everything
  2. We Are Nowhere and It's Now
  3. Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)
  4. Lua
  5. Train Under Water
  6. First Day of My Life
  7. Another Travellin' Song
  8. Landlocked Blues
  9. Poison Oak
  10. Road to Joy
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