Friday, November 19, 2010

Review: Ryan Star “11:59”

Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., Ryan Star (formerly of Stage) has released his first full-length major label debut entitled, “11:59”. You may recognize his powerhouse vocals from his stint on CBS’s 2006 reality show “Rock Star: Supernova”, or from his opening for American Idol winner David Cook in 2009. If you have not experienced Ryan Star’s vocal talents yet, be prepared to be dazzled.

Ryan Star is one of the strongest voices I’ve heard in a long time – loud and bold like Alex Band (The Calling), but with a subtle rasp very similar to Gavin Rossdale (Bush). He has a tendency to actually over-sing from time to time, but don’t let that overshadow his remarkable abilities to captivate an audience. The songs on “11:59”, produced by Matt Serletic (matchbox twenty, Collective Soul), are equally loud and bold, but thankfully not to the point where the music eclipses Star’s vocals. The tunes themselves are fairly catchy, with “Right Now”, “Last Train Home”, and “Breathe” being the standouts. The lyrics are average, oscillating between love songs and inspirational anthems, before bottoming out with the insipid “Start A Fire”. But all of this plays second fiddle to the guy’s potent voice, which is worth the price of admission alone.

One more minute and Ryan Star could be having fifteen.

iPOD-worthy: 2, 3, 4, 10
Ryan Star on MySpace. Official site.

Check out the video for “Breathe”

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