I saw a write up on this album the other day and immediately added it to a playlist.The first track is beautiful, haunting, and exactly what I was hoping for. It seemedevery subsequent track left me less and less interested. I was also on my first few spins of the new Hold Steady so probably wasn’t in the right mind set for this.
The “brandnew set of guitar strings,” line is beautiful and reminds me of the Owen cut that has a variation of the same line. Thematically the album reminds me a lotof Cassinos first album and “American Low” specifically.
Your review has me excited to go back and give this a deep listen.
Also as someone who writes every day I just want to say that this is an extremely well written piece, Craig.The line about “burning that house to the ground because that’s the only thing you cando to stay warm,” is excellent.
Thanks for the compliments, I really appreciate it. And I would definitely recommend going back for another listen. This definitely DOESN'T mesh with the new Hold Steady, so that tight have been part of your problem. Haha
Wicked review and what a fantastic album. I first heard Ledges off a mix from a blog I get new music from and loved it so much I invested in discovering the album. Boathouse and the opening track with that line about new guitar strings when his voice goes nuts is awesome. So relate able and down to earth it's awesome.
Great album, great review!
You can't buy it anywhere, obviously, since no official copies were ever pressed or even released on iTunes or anything. I'd recommend just Googling around for a torrent or a zip or something. Ryan put it out there himself, I think, so downloading it "illegally" is perfectly reasonable. I'd give you a link, but I'm sure the ones I downloaded from back in 2008 or 2009 are down. Let me know if you have trouble finding it and I'll just upload it for you.
This record is damn near perfect; I've been infatuated with Noah's music since I caught him on the TWLOHA "Heavy & Light" tour last year.
I also want to make special mention of the song "Time Moves Quickly", the album closer. The song fucking shattered me when I first listened to it.
Man, I'd love to see this guy live.
"Time Moves Quickly" is actually my least favorite song on the album by a fair margin. Still good, but I kind of wish "Dying Now" was the closer.