As the title of the New York rocker’s Atlantic debut provocatively suggests, Ryan Star’s whole life has been building to this point. The songs on 11:59 play out in real time, the stories spin out in narratives that resonate with urgency and truth. Star’s often stripped-bare vocals give the songs an added resonance.
“There have been a million hopes and let downs to get here,” Star says. ”I don’t think you really choose the time as an artist, I think the time chooses you. This album is who I am.” And now that he’s here, as track “Right Now’ stresses, he is going to seize the moment. Thoughtfully and meticulously created, 11:59 proves well worth the wait. Throughout much of the album, Star seamlessly melds traditional rock elements with captivating rhythms.
For more than half his life, Star has been a fiery performer. Born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., by the time Star was 14 he regularly traveled to Manhattan to play clubs, including the legendary CBGB’s.