Bright Eyes' sixth album, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning blends warm folk-rock to austere electro, plaintive, earnest ballads to glacially cool guitar noise, Bright Eyes has tried on pretty much every sound that's ever inspired them, just to see if they could. Highlights from this 2005 record include his most popular songs like "First Day of My Life", "Lua", "At The Bottom Of Everything", "We Are Nowhere and It's Now" and "Road To Joy".
"It's a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn't feel totally nostalgic and self-indulgent," says Conor Oberst of the Bright Eyes 2022 reissue project. "We are taking these songs and making them interesting to us all over again. I like that. I like a challenge. I like to be forced to do something that's slightly hard, just to see if we can."