Album Review
Rookie of the Year - The Goodnight Moon Album Cover

Rookie of the Year - The Goodnight Moon

Reviewed by
Rookie of the YearThe Goodnight Moon
Release Date: April 11th, 2006
Record Label: 111 Records

Track listing:
1. The Goodnight Moon
2. Poison Like Your Own
3. Silhouettes (All Eyes Above)
4. Sign of Her Glory
5. Liars and Battlelines
6. Pop Destroyed the Scene
7. The Blue Roses
8. Life, Fall Fast Now
9. Set the Sails, Red Beret
10. The Weekend
11. Enjoy This Drive
12. Having to Let Go

I must confess: when an unmastered version of The Goodnight Moon leaked four months ago in December, I did the evil deed and downloaded it, eager for new music in that oh-so-slow time of the year, release-wise. While I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous vocals, lush, soaring choruses, smooth, harmonic guitar leads, and the heaps upon heaps of layers and accents, I was unsure of the lasting power of such an accessible, immediately pleasing album. Often, the albums that demanded repeated listens before their greatness is realized are the ones with great lasting power, and by the same logic, the albums that are loved immediately are often forgotten within weeks. Such is not the case here: I loved The Goodnight Moon when I first heard it, and I still love it, four months later.

Originally the acoustic solo project of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Dunson, Rookie of the Year shows vestiges of its beginnings, incorporating acoustic guitars with the traditional emo sounds of Copeland, The Juliana Theory, and so forth. While Rookie of the Year most certainly isn’t breaking any musical barriers and easily fits into the modern emo genre, they do what they do extremely, extremely well. Songs like “Sign of Her Glory,” with its finger-snaps, gorgeous, confident leads, swelling guitars, and beautiful background vocals, will have you singing along in no time, while the low-key, piano-based, somber, yet ultimately optimistic tune “The Blue Roses” will melt the hardest of hearts. Sure, a lot of this album may be “cliché,” especially lyrically, but honestly, Rookie of the Year performs with such conviction and emotion that it’s forgivable.

The Goodnight Moon is an absolute treat to listen to on headphones – the production is damn near perfect, and there are just so many layers (vocal harmonies, guitar harmonies, background vocals, etc): my ears literally tingle with joy when I listen with my studio headphones. While the album does show a little weakness lyrically, the music and passion both more than make up for it. This album comes highly recommended for fans of Copeland, Mae, and The Juliana Theory, and is sure to find its way into my end-of-year lists. I know it’s not cool to like music like this, particularly in the “punk” scene, but I really don’t care: I love this CD. It's beautiful.
This review is a user submitted review from Rohan Kohli. You can see all of Rohan Kohli's submitted reviews here.
Displaying posts 1 - 15 of 44
01:58 PM on 04/03/06
Au Revoir Shoshana!
User Info.
kshtoinks12's Avatar
really sounds like the spill canvas to me. short but sweet review. i think u might be a little too emphatic, but a good buy
02:06 PM on 04/03/06
Registered User
User Info.
sweetforever's Avatar
very good review. I'm like you Rohan, I've fallen in love with this cd. It's beautiful
02:09 PM on 04/03/06
Drew Beringer
Senior Editor - @drewberinger - Locked Groove
User Info.
Drew Beringer's Avatar
Finally, RoKo is back with a review! Nice one bud.
02:10 PM on 04/03/06
Period Blood Sandwich
User Info.
1000shadesofred's Avatar
Originally Posted by kshtoinks12
really sounds like the spill canvas to me. short but sweet review. i think u might be a little too emphatic, but a good buy

this album has more of a days away feel to it... def worth buying.... but also like spill canvas also... but i like rookie of the year better
02:16 PM on 04/03/06
Registered User
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
Rookie Of the Year make beautiful music, no doubt. Their shows are always good and they're too nice of guys. I can't stop listening to this album at pureVOLUME either. Great review for a great album.
02:17 PM on 04/03/06
I want to beLIEve
User Info.
IAmAmazing's Avatar
i cant wait to get this CD
02:20 PM on 04/03/06
Hockey consumes my life
User Info.
No Avatar Selected
I never thought much of these guys before but this cd is really good. I really enjoy this, so many tracks that just stick in my head.
02:30 PM on 04/03/06
needs you so much closer
User Info.
dekdog11's Avatar
haha i agree with you about the slow time of the year
i dled it and fell in love
great review dude
02:35 PM on 04/03/06
don't worry, be happy
User Info.
Ruggiero2oo8's Avatar
such a good CD. nice review of it as well.
02:48 PM on 04/03/06
Registered User
User Info.
two_days_slow's Avatar
Originally Posted by kg00d
I never thought much of these guys before but this cd is really good. I really enjoy this, so many tracks that just stick in my head.
02:58 PM on 04/03/06
Judas seems sincere...
User Info.
JunkBondTrader's Avatar
good review, but this cd is mehhhh
03:01 PM on 04/03/06
I am all that is man
User Info.
zeketheplmbr's Avatar
I am quite sure I will remember this album by the end of the year.
03:07 PM on 04/03/06
Mercy Medical
User Info.
Mercy Medical's Avatar
I am lovin' this album right now. It will definately be in my end of the year lists.
03:10 PM on 04/03/06
True Punk Fan
User Info.
Grybo's Avatar
really good review, im really excitecd for this release.

Search News
Release Dates
Best New Music
Submit News
Mobile Version
AP.net Logos
Encore Podcast
Free Music
Sports Forum
Technology Forum
Contact Us
Copyright Policy
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
Twitter | Facebook | RSS
Encore Podcast on iTunes
Encore on Overcast
AP.net on Tumblr
Chorus.fm | @jason_tate