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Ryan will soon be a star Aug 05, 2010
I've been following Ryan since 2003 when I saw his band Stage as an opening act. I bought their self-titled album and fell completely in love with it, I highly recommend picking it up. Unfortunately, Stage broke up but it lead to Ryan becoming one of the final contestants on the show Rockstar Supernova. He then released his first solo album, "Songs From The Eye Of An Elephant," which was a beautiful collection of 20 songs. The album was mostly nothing more than Ryan's voice and a piano, as he wanted to digress from his rock sound and get back to the way his songs sound when they're first written.
After hearing about 11:59 for over 2 years on Ryan's website and MySpace page, the album has finally been released, though a handful of these songs have been heard in media for quite some time now. This very under-rated artist has once again picked up the electric guitar, but instead of following in the footsteps of his idols (Live, Pearl Jam), these songs are more pop-rock driven. The good thing about this album is that it shows Ryan's variety as a folk singer, a rock star, and now a pop star. The big single is Breathe, an extremely uplifting tune that has the potential to be a big radio anthem. Last Train Home is another gem on the album, it's a U2-style power ballad that you may have heard in the film P.S. I Love You. Another favorite of mine is Brand New Day, a very catchy tune that serves as the theme to TV's Lie To Me. It uses more electronics and showcases Ryan's awesome voice. Right Now was released as a video over a year ago, it's a pretty good song but I admit that I was initially thrown off by the "go-go-go" chants from the cheerleaders. I dare you to listen to Start A Fire without at least tapping your foot or nodding your head, it's way too catchy and it's one of the best blends of rock and pop music that I've ever heard. This Could Be The Year has been heard on WWE's Survivor Series, and while I enjoy it, it's not the strongest song on here. Unbreak is another rockin' sing-a-long, and 11:59 is a mellow yet upbeat closing to the album. The album also features 2 songs that previously appeared on Ryan's last album; We Might Fall and Losing Your Memory. These songs are incredibly beautiful and moving, but I have to say I strongly prefer the original versions.
Ryan seemed both angrier and sadder with Stage and on his first solo effort, but this time around he seems to be in much brighter spirits. I think I'll always prefer Ryan's last 2 albums since they've become so special to me over the years, but this is still a very solid effort. My only real complaints is that I wish he hadn't re-recorded those 2 songs, and I wish there were more than 10 tracks on here. If you're a fan of Lifehouse, Daughtry, or U2, then I'm certain you'll enjoy this album. Purchase a copy and give this guy the support he deserves!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Amazing debut for an amazing artist. Aug 13, 2010
11:59 is an uplifting, inspiring and just all around amazing debut CD from Ryan Star. Every song is lovely. Amazing lyrics sung by an amazing voice from an amazing guy. Every time I listen to this CD, I'm left feeling great. Inspired. Understood.
Definitely give this record a chance.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
It's about time!! Aug 11, 2010
By Jenny Smith
Such a talented musician!!! I first saw Ryan on Rock Star: Supernova (a CBS reality show with drummer Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), bassist Jason Newsted (Voivod and ex-Metallica), guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses), looking for a lead singer for their band Supernova), in 2006. Ryan did a cover for REM, Losing My Religion (youtube it) and it blew me away!!!! His piano playing mixed with his sexy voice made me an instant fan. He ended up writing and playing some of his own music and proved to everyone to be a stellar musician. He made it to the end of the show but did not get the gig. It was for the better, in my opinion, because he needed to write and play his own stuff. Then, I was watching tv one day, a new show at the time, Lie To Me comes on and it was Ryan's voice that comes streaming out of my speakers for the opening theme song, Brand New Day!!!! Loved the song (and the show :). Then I had the opportunity to meet Ryan when he was coming through town doing a promo for Breathe and the guy was completely down-to-earth and just plain cool to hang out with! So, I'm a HUGE fan and I know that he will catch on big and become a super-"Star" :)
Ryan Star 11:59 Feb 12, 2013
By Gina L Roberts
If you are a fan, you should add this to your library. He is very talented and tunes are catchy
My niece loves Ryan! Dec 20, 2012
By Tanya K. Finch
This cd was a gift for my niece - we saw and met Ryan at a David Cook concert a few years ago. She LOVES this cd...............so we're very happy!
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