Monday, January 31, 2011

Top Five Albums of 2010 - Ryan Star, 11:59

*This is part of a series of posts, please refer to the parent post for context*

#5 – Ryan Star 11:59
I’ll admit, I wasn’t crazy about this album at first. Perhaps it’s because I was introduced to Ryan Star at a live show in 2009, and bought Songs from the Eye of an Elephant, which captured a lot of that year for me. That album had a dark and twisty singer-songwriter vibe, so when I first heard 11:59, I wasn’t a big fan of the shift to a more pop-radio style. I’ve outed myself as a lover of depressing music on many occasions, so after thinking about it, it’s no surprise that my first reaction was “What happened to the dark & twisty!?” The neat thing about this album is that it’s still there – Star’s voice has a smoky intensity that keeps the songs serious and anchored. The imagery is consistent, building a cohesive vacillation between the past and the future with a reminder to live in the present. The production additions alter the songs to be more radio friendly and actually make the overall album more hopeful – narratives about love, loss, relationships, memory, and time aren’t new to music, but they are certainly themes that can get depressing. I appreciate the approach to nostalgia the album embodies as it reminds us that we are a sum of our experiences – that every experience with love and loss is a chance to find what we’re looking for and become the person we’re meant to be.

Favorite Lyrics:
  1. "Let the life that you live be all that you need."
  2. "I’m throwing rocks at your window, you’re tying bedsheets together. They say we’re dreaming too big, I say this town’s too small."
  3. "Lying on the grass now, dancing for the stars, maybe one will look on down and tell us who we are."
Favorite Tracks:
  1. Start a Fire (I seriously can't get enough of this song)
  2. Losing Your Memory
  3. 11:59


  1. I could not agree more. Considering I saw this concert with you and that Ryan Star is the MAN! He also seems to write the lyrics that I could only dream of writing. On second thought, he pretty much speaks for me. I'll just let him go on doing what he does.

  2. I fell in love with his music in November and put him on the FIRST place of best albums of the 2010 year:
    And my best his lyrics are the same as yours, dear))