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East Coast singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan’s twelfth album, 2009’s Dear Lover, is his first to be recorded primarily at home. Nine of the album’s ten tracks were recorded at his home studio in Nashville. Once again, a songwriter often equated with great intimacy (his 2006 release, From a Late Night High Rise, confronted the loss of a friend to cancer and his brother to prison) finds himself locked in a room with his thoughts. Again, love slips away and Ryan says the things that need to be said. All this personal drama, however, leads to album of expansive sonic washes. The title track surfs a wall of electronics. The one track not recorded at home, “Some Streets Lead Nowhere,” uses dripping piano notes, plaintive acoustic guitars and subtle strings to serve up its message of bare survival. “The Wilderness,” with more electronic textures, rolls on with an unquenchable yearn. DJ Preach creates an extra layer of ambience for “Spark,” while the album winds down with the gripping, somber quiet of “The World Is…” and “The End of a Ghost Story.”

Customer Reviews

Thank you for a great album

How long have we been waiting for this! Simply incredible work once again from Matthew Ryan. A record from the heart. Good stuff Mr. Ryan.

No Better Artist Today

Matthew Ryan’s follow-up to last years nearly perfect ‘Matthew Ryan Vs The Silver State’ is nothing short of a spectacular addition to Ryan’s brilliant career. Dear Lover, MR’s seventh proper studio album in 12 years is yet another example of his ability to grow on each album and do so in varying directions from record to record. The remarkable reality is that the quality and honesty evident on even MR’s earliest records far surpass the sincerity of his contemporaries. This coming from a devoted fan of many of these artists including Ryan Adams, Josh Rouse, Pete Yorn. Ryan’s a doer with an inspiring work ethic. He is this generations ‘Boss.’

If you are a fan of music, do yourself a favor and purchase this record NOW. Then buy the rest of his catalog. If ‘Dear Lover’ is your introduction to Matthew Ryan, check out Regret Over the Wires and the abovementioned MRVSS next. Existing fans of MR’s career likely agree… throw a dart at Matthew Ryan’s repertoire blind-folded and you’ll undoubtedly strike a beautiful lyric over spot on guitar. Key track on ‘Dear Lover’ include the title track, “The Wilderness,” “City Life,” “Your Museum” and “We Are Snowmen.”

As usual..

M.R.'s new release doesn't disappoint. But then again, did anyone ever think it would? He's just an unbelievable, true artist.


Born: November 7, 1971 in Chester, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

An alt-country singer/songwriter in the vein of Josh Rouse and Ryan Adams, Matthew Ryan funnels his rasped vocals and passionate lyrics into a steady stream of somber, melancholic albums. Born in Chester, PA, the young Ryan took inspiration from such artists as U2, the Replacements, and Leonard Cohen. He moved to Delaware and logged several years in a series of bands before signing with A&M Records as a solo artist in 1996. May Day was released a year later, drawing comparisons to Tom Waits and sparking...
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