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Straylight Run's self-titled 2004 debut was an intrepid attempt to break out of the claustrophobic, navel-gazing clutches of emo. Since co-founder John Nolan's old band Taking Back Sunday was instrumental in defining one of the most distinctive genres of the new millennium, it was both a brave and a necessary stab at carving out a new identity. The Needles the Space attempts to make the same break, with mixed results. It's not quite an emo album, but neither is it particularly good. Nolan's sister Michelle takes a more prominent role here than on the eponymous debut, sharing the lead vocals, and harmonizing on almost every song. Her breathy, little-girl voice works well on...
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All Music Guide - Andy Whitman
Straylight Run's self-titled 2004 debut was an intrepid attempt to break out of the claustrophobic, navel-gazing clutches of emo. Since co-founder John Nolan's old band Taking Back Sunday was instrumental in defining one of the most distinctive genres of the new millennium, it was both a brave and a necessary stab at carving out a new identity. The Needles the Space attempts to make the same break, with mixed results. It's not quite an emo album, but neither is it particularly good. Nolan's sister Michelle takes a more prominent role here than on the eponymous debut, sharing the lead vocals, and harmonizing on almost every song. Her breathy, little-girl voice works well on pop-oriented songs such as "Still Alone," but is no match for the dynamics and passion needed for the adolescent soap operas of "How Do I Fix My Head" and "This Is the End." John Nolan's sonic palette has expanded considerably here, and glockenspiel, accordion, and clarinet augment the usual acoustic guitars and pianos. They are used particularly effectively on the lovely and pensive opening track "The Words We Say." But too often these songs take on the histrionic qualities that doom Dashboard Confessional albums and high school diaries alike. "We'll Never Leave Again" and "First of the Century" sink under the weight of lyrical and musical bombast, the hyperventilating choruses vying with the swelling guitars. There are moments of clear-eyed honesty, and even a bit of self-deprecating humor. "Take It to Manhattan" proclaims "I've had it up to here with all these songs of self-imposed unhappiness," and the delightful "Still Alone" adds "Another complaint/High maintenance complaint/Oh, shut up." Sadly, the band needs to take its own advice more frequently.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602517351943
  • Catalog Number: 000910602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Words We Say (3:24)
  2. 2 The Miracle That Never Came (2:33)
  3. 3 Soon We'll Be Living in the Future (2:54)
  4. 4 How Do I Fix My Head (4:49)
  5. 5 Who Will Save Us Now (3:50)
  6. 6 Cover Your Eyes (3:25)
  7. 7 We'll Never Leave Again (5:37)
  8. 8 Take It to Manhattan (2:52)
  9. 9 Still Alone (2:45)
  10. 10 This Is the End (3:36)
  11. 11 Buttoned Down (3:46)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (1:15)
  13. 13 The First of the Century (7:22)
  14. 14 Buttoned Down
  15. 15 How Do I Fix My Head
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Straylight Run Primary Artist
Sean McCabe Trombone
Shaun D. Cooper Sr. Group Member
William Noon Group Member
Isaac Burker Guitar
Tim Brennan Mandolin, Accordion
Adam Morgan Clarinet
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Alex Brahl Management
Bryan Russell Engineer
Mike Sapone Engineer
Straylight Run Composer, Audio Production
Isaac Burker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Needles The Space -- Ace.

    I was expecting a lot when it came to this album, and I wasn't disappointed. The Needles The Space is much more mature than the debut album but just as easy to listen to. It shows an obvious growth in the band members. Michelle contributes a lot more vocally on this album, which gives more balance and makes the female-fronted songs seem a lot less random. I don't know much about the technicality of music, but I know that The Needles The Space is interesting and a good listen. There isn't one song I skip when I'm listening straight through. Personally, my favorite songs are "How Do I Fix My Head" and "Buttoned Down". Although, now that I say that, I want to list the rest as well. They're all catchy enough to get stuck in my head but not enough to drive me crazy. I really recommend you check out this album.

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