Try This with Your Eyes Closed

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Try This with Your Eyes Closed
EP by Alesana
Released June 24, 2005 (2005-06-24)
Recorded May 10 - 17 2005
Length 26:33
33:28 (reissue)
Label Tragic Hero
Producer Shawn Milke, Jamie King (reissue)
Alesana chronology
Try This with Your Eyes Closed
On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Re-release cover
Re-release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
P&H Magazine 4/5 stars

Try This with Your Eyes Closed is the first release by the rock band Alesana. It was recorded in February 2004 with all of Alesana's original members released during mid-2005 through Tragic Hero Records. Clean vocalist Shawn Milke produced and mastered every song.

Since its release, all of its tracks have been re-released on later albums, except for "Not a Single Word About This". The EP was reissued and re-mastered by Jamie King in 2008,[1] with two tracks off of an early sampler called All The Tragedy Money Can Buy included as bonus tracks. Unlike Alesana's other releases, there are few allusions to mythology within the themes of the lyrics, rather than having lyrics dealing with personal subjects.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Shawn Milke and Dennis Lee, all songs written by Alesana.

Try This with Your Eyes Closed
No. Title Length
1. "Apology" 4:10
2. "Endings Without Stories" 3:43
3. "And They Call This Tragedy" 4:29
4. "Not a Single Word About This" 3:30
5. "Red and Dying Evening" 2:58
6. "Congratulations, I Hate You" 3:57
7. "Early Mourning" 3:46
Total length: 26:33

Track information[edit]

  • "Apology", "Congratulations, I Hate You", and "Early Mourning" were all re-recorded on the band's full-length release On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax.
  • "Endings Without Stories", "And They Call This Tragedy", "Red and Dying Evening", and "Goodbye, Goodnight for Good" (on the reissue) were re-recorded on their second album Where Myth Fades To Legend.
  • The track "Early Mourning" is a bonus track and is not featured on the CD jacket in the original release.
  • The track "Beautiful in Blue" was re-recorded for Where Myth Fades To Legend, although it never made the final list. It was included as a bonus track on the Japanese release of Where Myth Fades to Legend.
  • The track "Not a Single Word About This" is the only song released on this EP that has not been re-recorded on any of their later releases.


  • Shawn Milke - Production, mastering, mixing, engineer
  • Jamie King - Production, mastering (on the reissue and re-mastered EP)


  1. ^ "Music: Try This With Your Eyes Closed (CD) by Alesana (Artist)". Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth Wolford (2009-03-11). "Rock Album Reviews: Alesana - Try This With Your Eyes Closed". Retrieved 2012-03-12.