Digital Ash in a Digital Urn

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Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
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Studio album by Bright Eyes
Released January 25, 2005
Recorded Presto! Recording Studios, Lincoln, Nebraska, February 2004
Genre Indie rock, electronica
Length 50:05
Label Saddle Creek LBJ-73
Producer Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes chronology
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
(2005)
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
(2005)
Motion Sickness
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
NME 9/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.2/10[7]
Q 2/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Spin C+[10]

Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is one of two Bright Eyes albums (along with I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning) released on January 25, 2005 by Saddle Creek Records. It peaked at #15 in the US and #43 in the UK. Contrasted to the acoustic nature of I'm Wide Awake It's Morning, this album is more electronic.

The singles "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" from Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and "Lua" from the album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning took the top two slots on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Time Code" – 4:28
  2. "Gold Mine Gutted" – 3:56
  3. "Arc of Time (Time Code)" – 3:54
  4. "Down in a Rabbit Hole" – 4:33
  5. "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" – 3:20
  6. "Hit the Switch" – 4:47
  7. "I Believe in Symmetry" – 5:24
  8. "Devil in the Details" – 4:06
  9. "Ship in a Bottle" – 3:27
  10. "Light Pollution" – 3:16
  11. "Theme to Pinata" – 3:18
  12. "Easy/Lucky/Free" – 5:31

The band achieved success in the charts when the singles "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)" took the top two positions in the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart in 2004, and in 2005 the band set off on a two-part world tour to promote their new albums, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. The first half of the tour promoted the folk-influenced first album, and the latter half featured the more electronic second album. Both records made it into the Top 20 of the Billboard album charts. The tour was captured on Motion Sickness, released later in the year.

The more experimental of Conor Oberst's two releases in January 2005 is the electronic-flavored 'Digital Ash,' which includes some help from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner and the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello.

Personnel[edit]

Note: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn are the first Bright Eyes albums on which Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and Nate Walcott became the three permanent members of Bright Eyes.

  • Clark Baechle – drums (tracks 2, 9)
  • Karen Becker – cello (tracks 4, 7)
  • Jason Boesel – drums (tracks 2, 4–7, 9–12), percussion (tracks 2, 4–7, 9–12)
  • Donna Carnes – violin (tracks 4, 7)
  • Digital Audio Engine – programming (tracks 1, 3, 8)
  • Sabrina Duim harp (tracks 6, 8, 11)
  • Thomas Kluge – viola (tracks 4, 7)
  • Jiha Lee – flute (tracks 6, 11)
  • Clay Leverett – voice (track 12), drums (tracks 6, 7, 12)
  • Andy LeMaster – vocals (tracks 2, 9, 12), guitar (tracks 6–9, 12), bass (tracks 6–9, 12), keyboards (tracks 6, 7), additional programming (tracks 6)
  • Mike Mogis – guitar (tracks 2–4, 6, 7, 10–12), wurlitzer (tracks 1, 3, 10), keyboards, timpani (track 6), chimes (track 11), theremin (track 2), baritone (tracks 2, 9)
  • Stella Mogis – voice (tracks 1, 9)
  • Conor Oberst – vocals, guitar (tracks 5–7, 9–11), bass (track 4), piano (track 8), wurlitzer (tracks 2, 4, 5), keyboards (tracks 2, 4, 10, 12), samples (tracks 1, 11), baritone (tracks 3, 5)
  • Kim Salistean – violin (tracks 4, 7)
  • Jimmy Tamborello – programming (track 5)
  • Maria Taylor – vocals (tracks 4, 11, 12)
  • Nate Walcott – trumpet (track 9), string arrangement (tracks 4, 7)
  • Nick White – keyboards (tracks 7, 9)
  • Nick Zinner – guitar (tracks 4, 6–8, 12), keyboards (tracks 4, 5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning – Bright Eyes". AllMusic. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Norris, Chris (March 2005). "Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning/Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". Blender. Archived from the original on March 1, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Bright Eyes". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (January 31, 2005). "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hilburn, Robert (January 23, 2005). "You could call it rock 'n' roil". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bright Eyes: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". NME: 49. January 22, 2005. 
  7. ^ Dahlen, Chris (January 23, 2005). "Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake It's Morning / Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Bright Eyes: Digital Ash in a Digital Urn". Q (222): 129. January 2005. 
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (January 28, 2005). "Digital Ash In A Digital Urn". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ Caramanica, Jon (February 2005). "Split Myself in Two". Spin 21 (2): 85–86. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 

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