AOTY 2021

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2005 Ratings: #24 / 465
User Score
Based on 545 ratings
2005 Ratings: #11
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I’m not wide awake bro I’m sleepy

So this is some pretty good indie folk. Honestly it had me a bit worried in the first half but it eventually grabbed my attention as it kept going. I don’t love this as much as some people do, but I still definitely like it. I think my biggest problem is probably the vocals (at points) and just some of the melodies. Some of the songs don’t immediately stand out to me, and sometimes the vocals are a little too shaky (which is just a ... read more
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+5 for that amazing opener!!

also my 1000th rating!
This for me is one of the best indie-folk albums I've listened to. I say this because indie is one of those genres I find it hard to really enjoy.
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
If I were to rate analytically, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning would be my highest rated folk album.
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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

Year End Lists

#4/No Ripcord
#8/Rolling Stone
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