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A truly awful, non-descriptive band name hides a small gem of an album that springs from an unexpected collaboration. Neilson Hubbard has released several solo albums' worth of twangy power pop in the tradition of Nick Lowe, while Matthew Ryan is more often compared to grizzled vets like Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams. The press kit for their first duo album as Strays Don't Sleep claims that the pair first bonded over a mutual love of artsy Scottish indie outfit the Blue Nile, and indeed, opening track "Love Don't Owe You Anything" takes a page from the spacious arrangements of the Blue Nile's A Walk Across the Rooftops. Latter-day Scots Belle & Sebastian are another ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A truly awful, non-descriptive band name hides a small gem of an album that springs from an unexpected collaboration. Neilson Hubbard has released several solo albums' worth of twangy power pop in the tradition of Nick Lowe, while Matthew Ryan is more often compared to grizzled vets like Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams. The press kit for their first duo album as Strays Don't Sleep claims that the pair first bonded over a mutual love of artsy Scottish indie outfit the Blue Nile, and indeed, opening track "Love Don't Owe You Anything" takes a page from the spacious arrangements of the Blue Nile's A Walk Across the Rooftops. Latter-day Scots Belle & Sebastian are another good touchstone for the album as a whole. Ryan's rough croak of a voice meshes uneasily with Hubbard's choirboy tenor, giving the album a refreshing sense of friction that's subtly amplified by the pair's decision to sing each other's lyrics rather than their own. As a result, Ryan doesn't fall into familiar blues-rock vocal melodies and Hubbard sounds almost entirely different than he does on his solo records. The arrangements are equally unusual for both: in keeping with the U.K. indie brief, the previously all-American songwriters build the tunes with delicate layers of keyboards, drum machines, and effects-laden guitars that rarely play recognizable riffs. There are certainly fans of both artists who won't care for the singer/songwriters' new direction here, but fans of Ivy, Camera Obscura, or the '80s U.K. indie bands who inspired them will find much to appreciate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2006
  • Label: Hybrid Recordings
  • UPC: 614992004528
  • Catalog Number: 20045

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love Don't Owe You Anything (4:29)
  2. 2 Pretty Girl (3:59)
  3. 3 Martin Luther Ave. (4:56)
  4. 4 Night Is Still (4:23)
  5. 5 For Blue Skies (6:11)
  6. 6 Spirit Fingers (4:59)
  7. 7 April's Smiling at Me (4:03)
  8. 8 Cars and History (4:59)
  9. 9 Falling Asleep with You (3:18)
  10. 10 [Untitled Track] (3:10)
  11. 11 [Untitled Track] (4:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Strays Don't Sleep Primary Artist
Doug Lancio Guitar, Percussion, Baritone
Steve Latanation Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Garrison Starr Background Vocals
Neilson Hubbard Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Loops, Group Member
Matthew Ryan Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Group Member
Clay Steakley Bass
Kate York Background Vocals
Brian Bequette Bass, Guitar, Accordion, Group Member
Technical Credits
Neilson Hubbard Composer, Producer, Engineer, Video Producer, Loop
Matthew Ryan Composer, Producer, Video Producer
Marc Chevalier Mastering
Jared Johnson Video Director
Matt Boyd Video Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    These guys know their way around a song

    I stumbled upon this band through the backdoor of the movie soundtrack, specifically "You Are Alone", directed by Gorman Berchard. This band is the brainchild of Neilson Hubbard and Matthew Ryan who provide the the songwriting and most of the front vocals as well as guitar and piano. They are supported by Brian Bequette on guitar, bass and accordion, Billy Mercer on bass and Steve Latanation on percussion and backing vocals. The songs here are among the most organic and alive I have heard in quite some time. Each song conjures a vignette in the mind's eye although a second disc in the set contains videos for the songs on the CD. Sadly this is the band's only effort so far. Gratefully the principles, Hubbard and Ryan have put out solo efforts which I will be examining soon. As I listened to these pieces I was drawn into a carefully constructed world in which I felt like a privileged guest, sad to leave when the song ended. And while I would have found these numbers compelling regardless of the inherent performance talents of the group (Bob Dylan being an instructive example... love his songwriting ability AND like his performances despite what others may think... those who worship at the altar of production values) I thoroughly enjoyed the obvious abilities of the performers. There's not a thing I would change on this album with the possible exception of adding a sophomore effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Music...

    "Strays Don't Sleep" has created a wonderful thing with their introspective lyrics. Their sound is comparable to none. Kudos to the following tracks: Love Don't Cost You Anything, Night is Still, For Blue Skies, & April's Smiling at Me. It's a great buy, and the DVD music videos which accompany it are great.

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