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Leonard the Lonely Astronaut

Andrew Osenga Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B0096Q54RI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Out Of Time
4. Ever and Always
5. Perihelion 1
6. Tower of Babel
7. Hold On, Boy
8. Smoke Signals
9. Firstborn Son
10. It Was Not Good For Man To Be Alone
11. We Never Said Goodbye
12. Perihelion 2
13. Beat of My Heart
14. Shooting Star

Editorial Reviews

2012 album from the singer, songwriter and musician best known fo rhis work with The Normals and Caedmon's Call. In speaking ''Some people probably expected this spaceship studio to be made out of cardboard or Styrofoam, but then after they saw the video, they were like 'oh dude, you're like for real!'" he jokes, giving credit to the project's construction foreman Todd Bragg (of Caedmon's Call fame). "It's still not real, but it looks real with all kinds of random weird things, like knobs from an old recording console owned by Waterdeep's Don Chaffer to another friend's old car emissions tester. The white walls made everything seem really bright and put you on edge a bit, but it made me feel like I was 19-year-old kid again stepping into a studio for the very first time. Building the spaceship and outlining the story made me feel like I really brought out a whole other level of commitment

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece -- and Not Just for Battlestar Fans! September 19, 2012
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Don't be afraid. Yes, the title sounds like a children's story. Yes, there's a guy in an astronaut suit on the album cover. Yes, it's a concept album about a dude named Leonard.

And it's brilliant.

Here's the basic scenario: It's 365 years in the future, and Leonard Belle has to escape his life. Leonard and his wife are divorcing when she dies unexpectedly. Filled with regret, he takes a job as a space trucker and blasts off, flying solo to the other side of the galaxy, knowing that when he returns (thanks to relativity, the inconveniences of space and time, etc.), everyone he knows will be dead and gone. In the course of his trip, he works through the issues that contributed to his failed marriage. And, since apparently he has a bunch of instruments and recording gear on the freighter, he makes a killer rock record in the process. Leonard has his issues, but, man, can he play that guitar.

Osenga sings and plays just about every note on this record, and, for my money, it's a lyrical and musical masterpiece. And, honestly, I've never even seen Battlestar Galactica. Though the songs unfold throughout Leonard's trip through space, the real journey is an internal one. Leonard deals with regret, bitterness, and self-loathing. As he heads back to Earth, though, there's a hopeful sense that he's learned something and that he might be able to start fresh.

It's not really an album about a guy in space; it's an album about a guy in isolation. Leonard's is a self-imposed isolation, one that he creates well before deciding to leave Earth, one that he clings to for safety, one that brings him to the verge of destruction. It's only through writing these introspective songs that he is able to see his failures as a husband.
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By Brad
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Get it... now. There have been many glowing reviews... all true. This I will say... the honesty found in these songs and the craftsmanship of the tracks (especially First Born Son) have (outside of Scripture and my wife) been the chief catalyst to dealing with immense grief this year and the gauntlet thrown down to everyone who hears to CREATE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL... thanks Andrew Osenga for the immense challenge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So. Good. September 24, 2012
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This is a work of art. I've followed Andrew Osenga from his start in the Normals till now. This album is a labor of love that has been carefully crafted to tell a story. There is no excess here. No unnecessary notes. The guitar solos, whether acoustic or electric are restrained, but passionate. Osenga uses one note where less experienced and less inspired musicians might feel the need to lay down a 40 note blistering guitar riff. This, to me, is the mark of a seasoned guitar player. You feel what he's playing. Each note is important and relevatory. Each lyric is well thought out. Even the use of percussion elements in this album is carefully thought out to add to the overall story.

Over all, my expectations were met and exceeded. I highly recommend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight Goodness September 18, 2012
By Caleb C
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I have been a fan for many years, and am continuously impressed by Osenga's work. This record is a true example of an artists creative progression. With this, Andrew Osenga has produced some of his best work so far.

Wonderful concept. Incredible writing. Killer tunes.

Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I dare you... September 18, 2012
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I love this album. I got the pre-release and have thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I'm listening to it right now. There is one thing, however. I dare you to give this a good listen without some type of emotional reaction. It does get me every time. Leonard's journey is such a powerful, emotional ride and a one of a kind album that you need to hear, buy, and cherish with your loved ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great work by Osenga September 18, 2012
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Everything this man writes is gold. This concept album is no exception! The B sides are great too! Worth every penny and then some! Get it! Ideally from the rabbit room.
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The best science fiction stories are never actually about science of any kind; they are about the human condition. They are about truly human characters and challenges that just happen to use space travel and the like to tell the story in a unique and sometimes more powerful way. Science fiction has served many novels and films well in this way. This year, it provides the backdrop for what is probably the best album of 2012, even though there's still over three months left in the year.

When i first heard Andrew Osenga was creating an album called "Leonard, The Lonely Astronaut", i laughed. It sounds silly, right? He was going to do a Kickstarter project to finance it, and if the project hit a high enough goal, he would build a spaceship and spacesuit and record the album within. It was strange and silly, but i liked his Letters to the Editor concept albums well enough that i figured, why not give him the chance?

I am so very glad i did. The project not only met all of its funding goals, but surpassed all hopes and expectations. By being a Kickstarter for the project, i was able to get this album many months before its wide release date. I would guess conservatively that i have listened to it 60 to 80 times since then. My twenty speculative dollars helped create a kick-ass album whose one paragraph review goes like this:

The production is great, the music is varied and beautiful, and the songwriting is absolutely stellar. I don't just mean that the lyrics of the individual songs are well-written; the album as a whole, as a unit is superbly crafted. Osenga has written some great songs here and there, enough to get my attention, but i had no idea he was capable of something as musically and lyrically impressive as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Why do lovers grow apart?"
I listen to this album all the time, with its cocktail of regret, heartbreak, and healing. "Why do lovers grow apart?"
Published 17 months ago by Jean Valjean
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor... stop reading this and just buy the album......
Why are you reading this? I told you to just buy it. If you've enjoyed any of Osenga's work in the past then Leonard will not dissapoint. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. R. Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew Osenga's best yet
Do not let the odd title or the "concept album" idea scare you away from a listen. This album is chock full of superb folk-rock songwriting. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ichthus14
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrew's efforts on this concept album were well worth it.
I would recommend this album to anyone I know (and have). From the first tune to the last, I could feel Leonard's journey among the stars and through his heart and mind. Read more
Published 21 months ago by PH Factor
5.0 out of 5 stars Leonard has issues...but there are no issues with this record.
Andrew Osenga should flat out be a lot more known that he is. He is an excellent songwriter, musician, and producer with quite a resume. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kampgauw
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome concept album
Andrew Osenga asserts a level of truth into his new album. It's refreshing to hear about the struggles of life and the hope and evolution of overcoming them.
Published 23 months ago by kndavis
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