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East Autumn Grin

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
A goodly number of singer-songwriters choose to go the confessional route, forgetting that reading diary entries from someone you know nothing about isn't all that interesting. The key to overcoming that, of course, is to establish the kind of connection that makes listeners feel that their own inner struggles -- not merely those of the troubadour -- are actually being laid out in front of them. Matthew Ryan has a gift for doing just that, and on his second album, he shares that gift with a generosity and aplomb that far exceeds his 28 years. On songs such as the keenly observational "I Hear a Symphony" no relation to the Supremes' classic and the stormy no pun ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
A goodly number of singer-songwriters choose to go the confessional route, forgetting that reading diary entries from someone you know nothing about isn't all that interesting. The key to overcoming that, of course, is to establish the kind of connection that makes listeners feel that their own inner struggles -- not merely those of the troubadour -- are actually being laid out in front of them. Matthew Ryan has a gift for doing just that, and on his second album, he shares that gift with a generosity and aplomb that far exceeds his 28 years. On songs such as the keenly observational "I Hear a Symphony" no relation to the Supremes' classic and the stormy no pun intended "Heartache Weather," Ryan's earthy rasp conveys a wizened pain -- and a surprising degree of tenderness. That blend is further stirred by the presence of former Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano, who duets with Ryan on "Sunk" and the Dylanesque "The World Is on Fire." The introspection inherent in Ryan's tales does not, however, extend to the sonic aspects of East Autumn Grin, which is shot through with a ragged-but-right vein of heartland rock that strikes a balance between the "big music" of the Waterboys and the smart swagger of Soul Asylum whose Dave Pirner spurs "Ballad of a Limping Man" with a surprising turn on trumpet.
All Music Guide - Denise Sullivan
His first album drew comparisons from critics to greats like Dylan and Springsteen and near-greats like Paul Westerberg; on the all important follow-up, Matthew Ryan stacks up with the pretty-goods like John Mellencamp and Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner. It's fitting then that Pirner sits in on trumpet! on the dark folk "Ballad of a Limping Man." He's not the only name performer who dropped by to beef up the already big music: Johnette Napolitano sings and David & David's David Ricketts does multi-instrumental work. Underneath the Dylan-derived delivery and state-of-the-art studio embellishments lives a songwriter and his simple songs trying to get out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 606949071127
  • Catalog Number: 490711

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 3rd of Ocotber (5:34)
  2. 2 Heartache Weather (2:45)
  3. 3 I Hear a Symphony (3:49)
  4. 4 Me and My Lover (3:44)
  5. 5 Sunk (4:39)
  6. 6 Sadlylove (3:54)
  7. 7 I Must Love Leaving (4:38)
  8. 8 Ballad of a Limping Man (2:45)
  9. 9 Time and Time Only (3:56)
  10. 10 The World Is on Fire (4:40)
  11. 11 Still, Pt. 2 (4:06)
  12. 12 Worry (9:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matthew Ryan Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Feinstein Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Ethan Johns Percussion, Drums
Doug Lancio Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Johnette Napolitano Bass (Vocal), Vocals
Dave Pirner Trumpet
David Ricketts Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ
Paul Slivka Bass
Trina Shoemaker Bass (Vocal)
David Henry Cello
Will Kimbrough Piano, Omnichord
Richard McLaurin Hammond Organ
Josh Rouse Bass (Vocal)
Tom Williams Percussion, Bass (Vocal), Drums, Snare Drums
Pat Sansone Piano
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Trina Shoemaker Producer, Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Will Kimbrough Feedback
Carl Meadows Engineer
Matthew Ryan Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some info on East Autumn Grin

    NEW YORK, N.Y. ¿ Matthew Ryan, whose 1997 debut album earned critical comparison with Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, has completed his long-anticipated follow-up, East Autumn Grin. The new album, recorded at the legendary Kingsway Studio in New Orleans (with additional sessions both in Nashville and Oxnard, Calif.), was a co-production of Ryan and Trina Shoemaker (known for her work with Sheryl Crow and Giant Sand), will hit the streets on August 15 on A&M Records. East Autumn Grin follows the 1997 debut, May Day, which inspired the Los Angeles Times¿ Robert Hilburn to write: ''There are moments when this 25-year-old from working-class Pennsylvania makes you think fondly of a young Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg and their searches for self worth.'' Added Michael McCall in the Nashville Scene: ''Ryan attempts to touch the listener¿s soul by baring his own.'' While the first album was lyrically driven, East Autumn Grin displays Ryan¿s move towards allowing the music to express the feeling of the words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Rare Gem

    ''East Autumn Grin'' has simply restored my faith in modern music. Every song on it has depth, beauty and purpose. With lines like ''Angry and sad over a cup of black tea / Your watering eyes and perfume were choking me'' Matthew immediately shows his prowess with language and imagery. But as great as the word play on this album is, the music stands up to it. So many songwriter oriented bands seem to find one song they write well and write it over and over again. This is not the case with this record. Every song is great and every one is unique. The band ably backs Matthew while never overshadowing what he is doing upfront or distracting from the most amazing thing about this record - the songs. The album at first listen may seem to be all darkness, but once you really listen the real theme of the album emerges, forgiveness. I imagine myself rediscovering this album for years to come. That, to me, is the true measure of a great record, which ''East Autumn Grin'' definitely is.

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