The Orion Songbook

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The Orion Songbook
The official artwork for Frontier Ruckus' 2008 album, The Orion Songbook.jpg
Studio album by Frontier Ruckus
Released November 6, 2008
Genre Folk rock
Language English
Label Quite Scientific Records
Frontier Ruckus chronology
I Am The Water You Are Pumping
(2007)I Am The Water You Are Pumping2007
The Orion Songbook
Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer, pt. 1
(2009)Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer, pt. 12009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[2]
Crawdaddy! (Favorable)[3]
[Hear/Say] (A-)[4]
Real Detroit Weekly 4.5/5 stars[5]
Metro Times (Favorable)[6]

The Orion Songbook is the debut full-length album by Frontier Ruckus, released November 6, 2008.


The album received positive reviews, with Allmusic stating that it is "about as good a debut as a band can hope for."[7] Crawdaddy! praised the album's musical and lyrical landscapes, marked by the "desolate beauty of Matthew Milia's poetry and the quiet intensity the band brings to every note it plays."[8] The album received similar applause from Under the Radar regarding the interplay of musicality and language, described as "white-hot folk music" paired with "dank and smart turns of phrase."[9] Hear/Say called The Orion Songbook "the year's best alt-country album," establishing the band as a "formidable outfit with a sound to reckon with and an easy confidence to match."[10] Likewise, Metro Times stated that the album "establishes the group as already one of the very best sounds to come out of Michigan this entire decade."[11] Inland Empire Weekly commended the record for its consideration of memory "without the cloying nostalgia or self-consciousness that derails so many attempts to turn back the clock to allegedly purer times," going on to state: " looking the present straight in the eye, Milia’s created something timeless."[12]

Adult Swim used "Dark Autumn Hour" for four ads in their well-known series of bumps, first airing in September 2011.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matthew Milia

  1. "Animals Need Animals"
  2. "The Latter Days"
  3. "What You Are"
  4. "Dark Autumn Hour"
  5. "Mount Marcy"
  6. "The Blood"
  7. "Bethlehem"
  8. "Foggy Lilac Windows"
  9. "Orion Town 2"
  10. "The Back-Lot World"
  11. "Rosemont"
  12. "Orion Town 3"
  13. "Adirondack Amish Holler"
  14. "The Deep-Yard Dream"


Frontier Ruckus
Guest Musicians
  • Ryan Hay - piano on tracks 3, 6, 8
  • Jim Roll - fiddle on track 4


  • Produced by Frontier Ruckus
  • Engineered and Mixed by Jim Roll
  • Mastered by Roger Seibel
  • Artwork and Design by Matthew Milia and Brian Peters
  • Recorded and Mixed at Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the winter and spring of early 2008


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