What the Night Said

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What the Night Said
What the Night Said album cover by Will Stratton.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1, 2007
RecordedAstoria, Queens 2005
GenreIndie folk
Length33:28
LabelStunning Models on Display
ProducerWill Stratton, Kieran Kelly
Will Stratton chronology
What the Night Said
(2007)
No Wonder
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
PopMatters9/10 [2]

What the Night Said is the debut album from Will Stratton. It was recorded the summer after his senior year of high school in a small recording studio in Astoria, Queens, New York, but not released until two years later.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

The reception to the album was highly favorable. Allmusic has said that "Even though his songs seem to come from a nearly monkish vantage point of isolation, there is lifting beauty here, a need for connection, and breathtaking flights, swoops, and turns of melody."[5] Evan Sawdey, for PopMatters, opined that Stratton, "ma[de] an album of songs that were custom-fitted for listening to at night," and that ultimately, "Stratton succeeds, and beautifully so."[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Katydid" - 2:33
  2. "So Ashamed" – 3:02
  3. "Fireflies" – 2:48
  4. "Night Will Come" – 3:45
  5. "Lost the Fear" – 2:52
  6. "I'd Hate to Leave You" – 2:58
  7. "Sonnet" – 2:20
  8. "Oh Quiet Night" – 2:19
  9. "Sleepwalk" – 1:59
  10. "Stay Awake" – 2:56
  11. "Sunol" – 2:53
  12. "I Don't Wanna Love" – 3:07

Personnel[edit]

  • Will Stratton - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, piano, harpsichord, Mellotron, synthesizer, bass guitar, hand claps
  • Sufjan Stevens - oboe
  • Tony Rogers - violin, cello
  • Sam Deutsch - violin
  • Michael Trepagnier - hand claps
  • Kieran Kelly - drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hage, Erik. "What the Night Said > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Sawdey, Evan. "Will Stratton: What the Night Said". PopMatters. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  3. ^ Stratton, Will. "About Will". Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Will Stratton: 'Katydid' : NPR". NPR. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  5. ^ Hage, Erik. "What the Night Said > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Sawdey, Evan. "Will Stratton: What the Night Said". PopMatters. Retrieved June 28, 2010.