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 Will Stratton
Released May 1, 2007
Recorded Astoria, Queens 2005
Genre Indie folk
Length 33:28
Label Stunning Models on Display
Producer Will Stratton, Kieran Kelly
Will Stratton chronology
What the Night Said
(2007)
No Wonder
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
PopMatters 9/10 [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.