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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B0002VYQCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Perfect Ending
2. The Tension And The Terror
3. Existentialism On Prom Night
4. Another Word For Desperate
5. Mistakes We Knew We Were Making
6. Dignity And Money
7. Your Name Here (Sunrise Highway)
8. Tool Sheds And Hot Tubes
9. It's For The Best
10. Now It's Done
11. Sympathy For The Martyr

Editorial Reviews

MASSIVE BUZZ! This is the debut album STRAYLIGHT RUN fans have been waiting for. Feature former members of TAKING BACK SUNDAY(John Nolan and Shaun Cooper). STRAYLIGHT RUN were featured in Alternative Press' "Most Anticipated of 2004" issue.

Customer Reviews

John's voice sounds wonderful, as does Michelle's.
This songs are amazing the lyrics the music all really meaningful and are not just songs that can be dismissed as ok or good. no these songs are worth remembering.
I'm sure if it's anything like the CD, it will be an amazing show.
Ashley N

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Katie on August 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Even when constantly being recommended this album by a few friends and reading its great reviews, I still couldn't bring myself to buy it without hearing any songs. Then one day I found it on sale at a local music store and finally broke down and bought it. I will be forever thankful for my "splurge", and will now trust whatever is recommended to me from those certain music buffs who raved over Straylight Run's self titled debut. This is definitely one of the best albums I have heard in a long time, and has quickly grown to become one of my favourite CDs of all time. I generally buy a new CD, listen to it straight for a couple of days, then take it out of my CD player and barely touch it at all. I find it hard to stop playing this album, though. If I don't listen to it for a couple of days, I find myself humming certain songs and I'll feel the need to pop the CD in and listen to it the entire way through.

The album begins with a slight touch of irony with the track 'The Perfect Ending'. The song is extremely slow and mellow, though dramatic. The piano carries the song and allows the soft vocals shine through. Though this is a beautiful track, the lyrics and music just don't grab my attention. It's my least favourite song on the album, and I often find myself skipping it to hear 'The Tension and the Terror', which is among my favourite tracks. The song begins with drums before the guitar breaks in and then the vocals. The lyrics here are simple and perfect. From my understanding, the song speaks about a relationship that, for whatever reason, can't continue any further than friendship. The song is made believable because it's sung with such strong emotion, which builds in time with the music to reach a perfect climax.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Davis VINE VOICE on January 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a 22-year-old, I've been through the grunge era (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, etc.), the post-grunge era (Collective Soul, Live, Bush, etc.), and now the emo era, which started to get big with bands like At The Drive-In. I was skeptical of how emo would do until I heard Taking Back Sunday's 'Tell All Your Friends.' That is still the best emo album I've heard. So it is not surprising that I likewise greatly enjoy this offering from a couple former band members of TBS. While Straylight Run is, of course, more mellow and piano-based, I think TBS fans will like it. Lord knows we don't need another band with the traditional emo sound.

Those who give this album (and other emo albums) one star reviews do so because they dislike the sappy romanticism of emo, or at least, much of emo. Those who feel that way should stop posting negative reviews. Leave the reviews for those of us who see emo as a worthy art form.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diggy Emo on April 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First of all, despite some of Straylight Run's members are "ex-members" of Taking Back Sunday, their sound and listen are 100% different. How can anyone compare the two except the fact that they shared John Nolan and Shaun Cooper? There is a female pianist and backup singer (John Nolan's sister), who is by the way, hot as hell :). They are somewhat in the emo genre because it is very "emo"tional in a sense that they write about their own experiences and have a new melodic rock that you can find in a lot of our recent emo bands. Not recent as in two months ago, but you know what I'm talking about.

Their CD:

The Perfect Ending: 9/10

The Tension And The Terror: 10/10 beautiful, listen to the lyrics, it's very catchy and real.

Existentialism On Prom Night: 13/10 Hm... this song is an extremely good pick as their single. I saw their video on Fuse and was blown away...

"Sing me something soft,

Sad and delicate,

Or loud and out of key,

Sing me anything,

we're glad for what we've got,

Done with what we've lost

Our whole lives laid out right in front of us.."

Another Word for Desperate: 9/10 Great chorus with his sister.

Mistakes We Knew We Were Making: 11/10 I love this song. Damn great chorus and choice of piano fills.

Dignity And Money: 8/10 This song can grow on you if you listen close... Tell me half you people out there can't relate to this line:

"But either way the truth is bound to get twisted,

You can't take a break when the pain of the world is weighing on your next decision..."

Your Name Here (Sunrise Highway): 10/10 This song gets you sad as f*ck... It seems like he's talking to only one person...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on December 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
You wouldnt really think a cd could do it, but it really makes you want to jump with joy. If youre not that kind of person, it will surely send shivers down your back. The beautiful melodies really blow you away. When i first heard it, it really turned my head. Id just gone thru a few crappy cds, and didnt expect much from this band that i heard from a demo off of the Victory Records 04 demo (Your Name Here). That song really drew me in though. It really caught my attention. And this was before i knew about the whole TBS/Straylight Run controversy, and i didnt yet know that this was John Nolan and Shaun Cooper's new project. So when it finally came time to listen to the full-length, boy was i shocked. It starts out with a calming opener...

The Perfect Ending (10/10) - This song really makes you pay attention. The piano and soft vocals hint at something more, so as you listen on, the lyrics flow and then the chorus just wows you. Hints at the power and emotion that they are ready to put out. An awesome opener.

Tension and the Terror (11/10) - What an awesome track! Gets you moving, and this is the point where you realize that these guys (and girl) arent playing around. This really sets the stage for the high caliber music throughout the record. chorus will make you JUMP up and down (or at least it did to me)

Existentialism on Prom Night (16/10) - ...OH MY can this be real? IMHO one of the top 5 emo songs ever written. I has been interpreted to be a poetic ballad to the breakup of Taking Back Sunday. It is just a flawless song. The piano chords are beautiful, and the lyrics of this song just make it. If the verses dont do it, the chorus will make your jaw drop. Give it a listen, im sure you will think the same.
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