30 Songs, 2 Hours, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sense of transcendent awe pervades Sleeping at Last’s Atlas: Year One, evoked with soaring melodic lines and shimmering, exquisitely layered arrangements. The work of studio auteur Ryan O’Neal, these 30 tracks (drawn from six previously released EPs) combine folk, classical, and pop motifs with haunting meditations on family ties, the wonders of the natural world, and the eternal nature of the Spirit. From the compassionate “I’ll Keep You Safe” and the nostalgic “Heirloom” to the billowing “Jupiter” and the thoughtful “West,” the album achieves a widescreen grandeur that doesn’t hide the fine details of O’Neal’s lyrical vision.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sense of transcendent awe pervades Sleeping at Last’s Atlas: Year One, evoked with soaring melodic lines and shimmering, exquisitely layered arrangements. The work of studio auteur Ryan O’Neal, these 30 tracks (drawn from six previously released EPs) combine folk, classical, and pop motifs with haunting meditations on family ties, the wonders of the natural world, and the eternal nature of the Spirit. From the compassionate “I’ll Keep You Safe” and the nostalgic “Heirloom” to the billowing “Jupiter” and the thoughtful “West,” the album achieves a widescreen grandeur that doesn’t hide the fine details of O’Neal’s lyrical vision.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

196 Ratings

Sonic Love at First Listen

FHBoy,

Don't question the genius that is Ryan O'Neal. He has crafted 30 sonic masterpieces. I honestly don't know how he keeps getting better. The "Yearbook" project was already a work of art, and I daresay this surpasses it.

Seriously. Just hit the "Buy" button now. This music is worth so much more than what it actually costs.

Celebrating the Sparks of Life!

Firefly1967,

Very rarely are we given the gift of music as profoundly moving as this. While best absorbed in manageable listening portions, this concept compilation album has the ability to touch you at the deepest depths of your soul, leaving you a better person for having listened to it. Like a warm blanket on your soul, it envelops you in a protective womb of sound - feeding from the umbilical cord of mother universe.

Part movie score, part fairy tale, and part philosophy lesson, the music of "Sleeping at Last" can best be described as uplifting and ethereal - but at the same time it manages to sidestep saccharin clichés that one might find in the low-fi indie singer songwriter genre.

Although musically evocative and at times cinematic, the intimate and deeply felt lyrics are what really sets this album apart.

Poetic and philosophically spiritual without being overtly religious, "Sleeping at Last" explores life, death, love and hope - but it's mostly about celebrating our shared humanity and the sparks of light that the universe gives off.

Atlas: Year One will make you smile - and it might even make you cry. The soundtrack to all of our lives, this artist has managed to pull together an intimate collection of songs that will move you in unimaginable ways - cleansing your worn spirit along the way.

To say highly recommended would be an understatement. More like essential.

About Sleeping At Last

Based out of suburban Chicago, emo-inflected alt-rockers Sleeping At Last formed in 1999 around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Ryan O'Neal, drumming sibling Chad O'Neal, and bass player Dan Perdue. The trio began to build a local following, playing wherever possible and doing the occasional support gig. After sparking the interest of Billy Corgan with their self-released full-length, Capture, the erstwhile Smashing Pumpkin aided the group in securing a record deal with Interscope, who signed the band in late 2002. Ghosts, their official debut, appeared in October 2003, followed by a national tour opening for Switchfoot. The independently released Keep No Score arrived in 2006, followed in 2009 by Storyboards, the latter of which featured orchestral arrangements by Van Dyke Parks.

By this time, Sleeping At Last had become a solo vehicle for Ryan O'Neal, who was reaping the rewards of a burgeoning composing career, landing songs on popular television shows like Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Criminal Minds, Believe, and So You Think You Can Dance; the SAL song "Turning Page" appeared in two versions of the original motion picture soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as well. O'Neal is also the composer for the Rainn Wilson-produced children's program Kid President: Declaration of Awesome on the HUB network. In 2011, under the SAL moniker, O'Neal began releasing three songs a month for the ambitious, subscription-based Yearbook project. The long-form, conceptual Atlas enterprise followed the same format in 2013, with its first installment, Atlas: Year One (30 songs), reaching completion the following year. The ABC (for Grey's Anatomy)-commissioned Covers, Vol. 1 arrived that same year. ~ James Christopher Monger

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