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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B000QUCQEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Do John and Michelle Nolan think too much? Straylight Run's sibling frontpeople - both sing, write, and play guitar and piano, ably enabled in their musical ruminations by bassist Shaun Cooper and drummer Will Noon - don't seem like eggheads; but there's no doubting the intelligent design of their gloriously adventurous off-kilter pop and the existential underpinnings of their lyrics In 2004 the band released Straylight Run. First single Existentialism on Prom Night made inroads at Modern Rock radio, and the following year SR issued the EP Prepare to Be Wrong. Word of mouth, frequent touring and glowing reviews pushed combined sales to more than 200,000. That sort of success tends to bolster a band's confidence. In fact, The Needles The Space (produced by Straylight Run and engineered by longtime SR associates Bryan Russell and Mike Sapone) reveals SR as a more cohesive unit, with the technical grasp to match its creative reach. I've become a better musician so I'm not as limited in my songwriting, Michelle confirms

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4 Stars. "...frankly, it's unwise to brave..."The Miracle That Never Came" or the ruminative "How Do I Fix My Head" without a helmet, because you will fall. Hard." -- Alternative Press, July 2007

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The instrumentation on the album is pretty much flawless.
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Soaring piano melodies combine with some of the most interesting guitar work and percussion around at present.
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I mean to say that they have grown as a band, and you can really see it in their music.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Barlass on July 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Let's take two steps back, and pretend that Mr. John Nolan was never a member of another uberpopular rock band. Let's just let Straylight Run be Straylight Run without comparisons to bands like Taking Back Sundy or Brand New, because seriously guys Straylight Run is neither one of these bands. Now that I have that taken care of I'm going to have to speak in sheer reverence about "The Needles The Space", Straylight's brilliant 2007 debut for Republic Records. As much as I enjoyed the good but uneven 2004 self titled album, an amazing amount of musical maturity has occurred since then (that of which was only hinted at on the ep "Prepare to Be Wrong")

The album starts off with the song "The Words We Say" a toe tapper sung by John that pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the disc. It's mellow, which I'm going to say right now, is what this album is all about. Don't expect to find crunching pop punk electric guitar, instead be prepared to be overwhelmed with an expansive use of instruments not traditonally used on a rock record. (trombone, mandolin, accordian) The use of all these different sounds makes the whole album sound expansive and original, not knowing exactly what's coming next.

More so than in their previous works, the lyrical content of this album stands out as well. While some of the album talks about love and politics, a good majority of it is based on the struggles of the faith of John and Michelle. Never more apparent than in the John sung "Who Will Save Us Now", where he talks about how relegion was forced upon him in his youth, only to find out that his beliefs differed from those that he was raised to believe. The disc seems to flow together far better than their debut album as well, drifting from one song to the next seemlesly.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mallory A. Walker on June 19, 2007
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Ever since Straylight Run formed, they've had a unique sound and a genre-mixing style that I love. They manage to write catchy songs that with meaningful lyrics that aren't a bit cheesy, and they sound like nothing you've heard before. I have to disagree with the one star review of this album. It's completely a matter of personal opinion whether it's your taste or not, and Straylight Run has grown and tried new things with their sound, so maybe you DON'T like it...but that doesn't mean it's bad. Personally, I think it's thoughtful and creative without being pretentious. I love John and Michelle's harmonies, and I appreciate the eclectic nature of this album. It sounds a little more indie and a little less emo, and I guess some people don't appreciate that. I'm glad that they are continuing to separate themselves from the pack and define their own sound rather than sticking with a safe, generic guitar-driven emo sound. Although I agree with the below review that the most recent Brand New CD is ambitious and amazing, so is this Straylight Run album - it's just a different kind of amazing.
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By Po-Tsang Lai on September 30, 2007
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When i first bought this cd i had only heard the first CD of straylight run and i was quite impressed with the intricate lyrics and soothing music. But when i started listening to The Needles The Space i was stunned at how much the two albums had differed and i was kind of disgusted at how different it was. But after a few more listens at the whole album, i came to be impressed by how they have transitioned to something more unique and themselves and they have not strayed away from the complex lyrics that made them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Third World Symphony on June 27, 2007
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Straylight Run have always been on the verge of greatness, yet never quite there. Their piano laced debut was full of strong songs and excellent musicianship, but it didn't quite do enough to separate them from their peers. 2005's "Prepare To Be Wrong" EP took a more experimental turn, but something was still missing. Whatever it was has been found on their newest album, "The Needles The Space."

The band have shaken things up a lot on this release. Where piano once dominated their music, acoustic guitars play a much more prominent role here. Their sound is further augmented by everything from accordion, mandolin, and clarinet, to a marching band percussion ensemble. As on "Prepare To Be Wong," electronics are once again used to great effect here, especially on the sultry "How Do I Fix My Head" and the Yoshimi-era-Flaming-Lips-on-steroids track "Who Will Save Us Now."

Another noticeable change from previous released is the increased presence of Michelle DaRosa, who sings lead on five songs instead of her usual one or two. Her vocals sound more confident than ever, and she shows a knack for odd time changes and complex arrangements such as "The Miracle That Never Came" and the can-can choruses of "Still Alone." John Nolan's songs tend to stay in more traditional territory, yet never come off feeling generic or forced. "Soon We'll Be Living In The Future" sounds a bit like a long lost Modest Mouse B-side. "Buttoned Down" gives the album its title (and one of its most memorable hooks) with only a stripped down guitar and vocal arrangement. "We'll Never Leave Again" and "First Of The Century" are wonderful arena-ready power ballads, and "Take It To Manhattan" provides the listener with the best bridge between this album and the piano rock of their earlier releases.
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