Digital Ash in a Digital Urn by Bright Eyes
Disguised behind catchy digital beats are spoken words of angst and self-struggle. Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is a vast departure from the traditional Bright Eyes melodramatic, country-twang albums we've come to know and love. Despite this departure though, Conor Oberst has remained consistent with the delivery of poetically crafted lyrical versus, not only reflecting his personal battles against inner demons and public misconceptions, but also his determination for self-reconciliation. Just as the album title suggests, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn represents a darker truth masked by the façade of new-age positivity and persistence. Oberst writes,
There is no right way or wrong way, you just have to live
And so I do what I do, and at least I exist
What could mean more than this?*
His words lend a simple truth to those who choose to listen, a truth, which suggests an appreciation for life.
* Lyrics from Bright Eyes - “Hit the Switch”
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