Indie Anthology: Bright Eyes wow critics with release of ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning’

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I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
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On January 25th, 2005, Bright Eyes made waves with the release of their sixth studio album, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, via Saddle Creek Records.

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Released on the same day as their seventh album, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning features beloved hits like “First Day Of My Life,” “Road to Joy,” and “Lua.” The record serves as the first album to feature Nate Walcott, who has since become a permanent member of the band.

Both “Lua” and “Take It Easy (Love Nothing),” the latter of which is from Digital Ash, took the top to spots on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart in 2004. On the whole, the album received widespread critical came, getting an average score of 85 out of 100 on Metacritic, which classifies it as “universal acclaim.”

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Earlier this week, Bright Eyes announced they’ll be sharing reissues of I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, alongside Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn. Out on November 11th via Dead Oceans, the albums will be accompanied by Companion EPs with guests Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Becky Stark, and Maria Taylor.

The Companion EPs for I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn will feature covers and previously unreleased tracks from those eras.

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