10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

East Coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan’s twelfth album, 2009’s Dear Lover, is his first to be recorded primarily at home. Nine of the album’s ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Once again, a songwriter often equated with great intimacy (his 2006 release, From a Late Night High Rise, confronted the loss of a friend to cancer and his brother to prison) finds himself locked in a room with his thoughts. Again, love slips away and Ryan says the things that need to be said. All this personal drama, however, leads to album of expansive sonic washes. The title track surfs a wall of electronics. The one track not recorded at home, “Some Streets Lead Nowhere,” uses dripping piano notes, plaintive acoustic guitars and subtle strings to serve up its message of bare survival. “The Wilderness,” with more electronic textures, rolls on with an unquenchable yearn. DJ Preach creates an extra layer of ambience for “Spark,” while the album winds down with the gripping, somber quiet of “The World Is…” and “The End of a Ghost Story.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

East Coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan’s twelfth album, 2009’s Dear Lover, is his first to be recorded primarily at home. Nine of the album’s ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Once again, a songwriter often equated with great intimacy (his 2006 release, From a Late Night High Rise, confronted the loss of a friend to cancer and his brother to prison) finds himself locked in a room with his thoughts. Again, love slips away and Ryan says the things that need to be said. All this personal drama, however, leads to album of expansive sonic washes. The title track surfs a wall of electronics. The one track not recorded at home, “Some Streets Lead Nowhere,” uses dripping piano notes, plaintive acoustic guitars and subtle strings to serve up its message of bare survival. “The Wilderness,” with more electronic textures, rolls on with an unquenchable yearn. DJ Preach creates an extra layer of ambience for “Spark,” while the album winds down with the gripping, somber quiet of “The World Is…” and “The End of a Ghost Story.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Matt Svendsen ,

No Better Artist Today

Matthew Ryan’s follow-up to last years nearly perfect ‘Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State’ is nothing short of a spectacular addition to Ryan’s brilliant career. Dear Lover, MR’s seventh proper studio album in 12 years is yet another example of his ability to grow on each album and do so in varying directions from record to record. The remarkable reality is that the quality and honesty evident on even MR’s earliest records far surpass the sincerity of his contemporaries. This coming from a devoted fan of many of these artists including Ryan Adams, Josh Rouse, Pete Yorn. Ryan’s a doer with an inspiring work ethic. He is this generations ‘Boss.’

If you are a fan of music, do yourself a favor and purchase this record NOW. Then buy the rest of his catalog. If ‘Dear Lover’ is your introduction to Matthew Ryan, check out Regret Over the Wires and the abovementioned MRVSS next. Existing fans of MR’s career likely agree… throw a dart at Matthew Ryan’s repertoire blind-folded and you’ll undoubtedly strike a beautiful lyric over spot on guitar. Key track on ‘Dear Lover’ include the title track, “The Wilderness,” “City Life,” “Your Museum” and “We Are Snowmen.”

DJF0274 ,

Thank you for a great album

How long have we been waiting for this! Simply incredible work once again from Matthew Ryan. A record from the heart. Good stuff Mr. Ryan.

TheRealLegend13 ,

Amazing Song!!

I'm going to be honest. I don't know much about Matthew Ryan and his music, but I am a big fan of the One Tree Hill TV Show and that's where I heard his music for the first time. When the song played, it really empahized the situation in where the show was at and how the characters were dealing with loss of a friend. It actually made me cry because it defined loss in many ways that I couldn't imagined. The song "Some Streets Lead Nowhere" is definetly my favorite song, because it defines my life in so many ways... so many ways that it really makes me think about everything that is going on around me. I'm at a standpoint in my life where that one decision could change everything, but then again, isn't every decision is as important as the first? Man... this song makes me think about my life and all the decisions i've ever made, it really gets me choked up, you know? Hey Matthew, this is a great song and you probably won't ever see this review, but your song changed my life forever. Not just in making me cry lol, but creating art that means something to me... art that allowed me to see beyond that one tree, but to see the whole forest. For that, thank you. You got a new fan, bud, and I thank you for that.

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