Songs like "Fake It" and "Elephantitis" burst out of the speakers, bright and jangly guitars at the forefront, supported by piano, horns and cascading backing vocals. "America at Night" is rooted more in classic rock than '90s alt-rock and that helps give the songs a timeless feel -- this is simply well-written, well-performed, well-produced music. --David Malitz (Washington Post)
The one-two punch of "Elephantitis," a rushing, gushing power-popper, and "Fake It," with its requisite jangle and harmonies, was the perfect antidote to midsummer malaise. It seems to have been worth the wait . . . from a refreshingly straightforward band. --Graham Hough-Cornwell (DCist.com
"Wonderfully done record by locals The Beanstalk Library. Catchy, driving music, well-written lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Tracks can go from piano heavy to guitar thunder, from sleepy chill to jarring, all seamless. The feel and sound from these tracks sound big time. The wait for this effort has been worth it. 3 1/2 (out of 4) Beer Mugs." --On Tap Magazine
released 14 August 2007
The Beanstalk Library's America At Night lineup included Ryan Walker (vocals, guitar, piano, organ), Brian Kent (guitar, vocals), Mike Fellenbaum (drums), John Rapoza (bass), and a large cast of friends and fellow musicians who added horns, strings, and vocals. The album was self-produced with mixing duties handled by Chad Clark (Fugazi, The Dismemberment Plan).