Four years in the making, Ryan Star's '11:59' has had his loyal fan base waiting for a very long time. Difficult to believe as it may be, it has been four long years since Ryan starred on the television show Rock Star: Supernova. Ryan has teased fans with singles here, EPs there, and playing new songs at live shows, all while maintaining a level of mystery about the development of his solo major label debut album.
Fast-forward to 2010, and it has finally arrived. '11:59' starts off strong with the hopeful, powerful track "Brand New Day." Fans will recognize this song from his 'Last Train Home' EP. The following track, "Right Now," expresses a sense of urgency, as Ryan sings the chorus almost as a plea to the world to live in the moment.
"Last Train Home," another song Ryan's fans may recognize, sounds like an imminent smash hit, with a booming chorus that soars above the rest. His songwriting is on display here, as with the song "We Might Fall," a slowly building piano-based ballad. Among the other standout tracks is "Unbreak," a well-crafted song of commitment. It is immediately followed by "Start a Fire," a fast-paced anthemic song about... well, sex. When it sounds this good, it might be difficult to argue with any subject matter. It is a single-worthy song with a radio-ready sound.
The highlight of the album, however, is the final offering, the title track. "11:59" is a lyrically masterful song, perfect for a summer day. "Please don't leave, this could be the best time of our lives tonight. You and me, don't let the moment pass by, put the windows down and drive away," he pleads in the chorus. It is a fitting end to one of the most complete albums of the year thus far. Ryan Star deserves a chance. This might just be his.
There isn't a single song to skip over on this album. It's a work of art from beginning to end. Totally worth the wait and I can't wait to see it's continued success!
Other artists would be jealous to have something this good in their closet. A long time in the waiting but worth every minute!
I have been waiting for this CD. So excited. It's amazing!
Edit to the review:
Check out the B-sides to the album as well, if you can find them. The song "You and Me" is a smash hit, in my mind. Such a beautiful song...
Whatever Ryan puts forth is worth the wait (4 years in the making!!!). We cherish Ryan and are proud to be along with him on his journey. Now the world will know what we do, that Ryan is an epic event!
I agree with you Peter. Awesome album. 4 strong solid stars.