Straylight Run

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Straylight Run features John Nolan and Shaun Cooper, formerly of Taking Back Sunday. On its self-titled Victory Records debut, the band incorporates some emo cues, such as grand choruses and dramatic, self-examining lyrics. However, the songwriting is more varied than many in that genre offer in the mid-2000s. Led by Nolan's expressive vocal presence, as well as the piano work of him and his sister, Michelle Nolan who also handles harmonies and the occasional lead vocal, Straylight Run ranges from melancholy ballads, through mature pop, to the occasional decision to turn up the power chords. Given this tasteful, measured approach, it's no surprise that Straylight's toured...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Straylight Run features John Nolan and Shaun Cooper, formerly of Taking Back Sunday. On its self-titled Victory Records debut, the band incorporates some emo cues, such as grand choruses and dramatic, self-examining lyrics. However, the songwriting is more varied than many in that genre offer in the mid-2000s. Led by Nolan's expressive vocal presence, as well as the piano work of him and his sister, Michelle Nolan who also handles harmonies and the occasional lead vocal, Straylight Run ranges from melancholy ballads, through mature pop, to the occasional decision to turn up the power chords. Given this tasteful, measured approach, it's no surprise that Straylight's toured with both Hot Rod Circuit and the New Amsterdams, the intimate side project of Get Up Kids' Matt Pryor. Opener "The Perfect Ending" strikes a deliberately contemplative note, its stripped-bare vocal and meaningful piano chording mood matching the hazy, forgotten memory quality of the album's accompanying photography. "Another Word for Desperate" and "Tension and Terror" are much livelier; with their shifting parts and interplay between piano, strings, and electric guitar; they're templates for making great emo in the 21st century. The quieter "Mistakes We Knew We Were Making" and "Your Name Here [Sunrise Highway]" each begin with brushed snare and gentle piano before building to undeniably urgent choruses. But they also throw some interesting curves, like the intricately layered bridge in "Mistakes" that breaks at its peak into the chorus, or "Your Name Here"'s striking lyrical honesty. While it's a well-crafted and obviously very personal album, Straylight Run can occasionally get a little too dramatic. But this tendency is lessened by "Tool Sheds and Hot Tubs." With its whirring synths, upbeat electronic percussion and bright lead vocal by Michelle Nolan, it could be a No Doubt B-side. "It's for the Best" is another late-album highlight. Working with one of the album's strongest melodies, John Nolan is joined by his sister and Format frontman Nate Ruess on a chorus in the round. All together Straylight Run has crafted a fine debut. It will certainly please emo fans, but gets more points for bringing new ideas to the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Victory Records
  • UPC: 746105022928
  • Catalog Number: 229
  • Sales rank: 173,282

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Straylight Run Primary Artist
Nate Ruess Vocals
John Nolan Guitar, Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Group Member
Michelle Nolan Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Shaun D. Cooper Sr. Bass Guitar, Group Member
William Noon Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Laura June Kirsch Vocals
Linda Nolan Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Birnbaum Producer, Engineer
Chris Bittner Producer, Engineer
Straylight Run Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One good song

    This CD has one good song. The rest all sounds pretty much like one long song that changes melodies from time to time. I wasted my money on this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Inspiring

    I am amazed at how amazing and incredible this band is. I am in awe. I also admire John soooo much, he is like my music Jesus. I seem to be satisfied with anything he's involved with. I can't wait till' The Needles, The Space comes out. I wonder if it will captivate me? STRAYLIGHT RUN!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing.

    this cd is amazing. ever since i heard "Tool Sheds and Hot Tubs" i was hooked. (by the way, the band is awesome live.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    chiLL

    This CD is soo chill, this whole band is chill. I heard a clip from Existentialism on Prom Night on Laguna Beach and had to look up the artist. Since then I've got the CD and the new EP. I'm basically hooked, their so chill and their lyrics are better than just another scene band. Try it ouT. I like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    should of stayed w/ TBS

    They're cool but not great. Cooper should of stayed with Taking back Sunday. Their sucsess is because he was from TBS. Go back while you can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    This music is something I normally wouldn't listen to, but after I heard "Existentialism on Prom Night", I immediately came here to listen to the sound clips that they had. And omg, I was immediately roped in. I absolutely LOVE "Existentialism on Prom Night", the piano is AMAZING. This is some seriously awesome music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Different but Good

    I liked these guys ever since I heard "Existentialism on Prom Night." Great song. This CD is great. It is very different for a rock band. Their first song, "The Perfect Ending" is awesome. I would've never expected a good CD from these guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!!!

    Straylight Run is the best emo band I have ever heard. I really like the cd. The songs are so great that it would make you want to listen to them over and over and over again. I think it's the piano that makes them soo good either that or the lyrics. The lyrics are so poetic and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOTT

    this cd is amazing...i guess when 1 great band splits you get 2 awesome bands. michelle nolan is soo talented and the contrast of her and john's voice sounds great. not to mention michelle is hott.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So melodious!

    I saw Straylight Run in concert a few months ago, and I totally fell in love with their music. They are a talented group of musicians with catchy piano/guitar melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Their music is the kind you can listen to over and over again and never get tired of it.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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