Artist: Bright Eyes
Title: Digitial Ash in a Digital Urn
Label: Saddle Creek
Catalogue Number: LBJ73
Year of Release: 2005
A1 Time Code (4:27)
A2 Gold Mine Gutted (3:56)
A3 Arc Of Time (Time Code) (3:54)
A4 Down In A Rabbit Hole (4:33)
A5 Take It Easy (Love Nothing) (3:20)
A6 Hit The Switch (4:46)
B1 I Believe In Symmetry (5:24)
B2 Devil In The Details (4:07)
B3 Ship In A Bottle (3:27)
B4 Light Pollution (3:17)
B5 Theme To Piñata (3:19)
B6 Easy/Lucky/Free (5:30)
I was beating myself up over this review, listening to the album over and over again thinking, "What am I going to write about this? It just doesn't grab me". And eventually I realised that if an album doesn't really grab me, then that alone says something about the album, although it might not be sufficient comment for a full review.
And once I stopped worrying about reviewing this, I listened to it again and noticed some things I liked, some I didn't, and some things that were just curious - those things one can clobber together a review from, so here goes. In reverse order:
Despite referencing digital things in the title, and much being made of this being an 'electronic' album, and also featuring a digital alarm clock on the sleeve - the end of Time Code features a ticking clock and alarm bell with a distinctly Dark Side of The Moon-analogue sound.
B1's chord progression on the introduction to each verse sounds uncannily like 99 Red Balloons.
Some things I didn't like:
This album suffers more from the issues identified with its sister release I'm Wide Awake It's Morning, the lyrics being full of adolescent angst. Lines like "I'm completely alone/At a table of friends" (Hit The Switch) and "there is happiness in death" (I Believe in Symmetry) betray a songwriter still needing to grow up.
And then that habit of. Cutting lyrics up. To try and sound. Like you mean it. Or that you are. Some kind of 'artist'.
As I said above, much was made of this being an 'electronic' album, but there's only some programming on A1, A3 and B5, everywhere else it's pretty much business as usual, with maybe a few more keyboards. Kid A it ain't.
Things I did like:
The first three tracks.