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Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams

2000

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Heartbreaker

Rating

3.05

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3239

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Did not listen, due to the sexual controversy surrounding the artist. The 1 is a reflection of my distaste with Ryan Adams.

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Beautiful music from a reprehensible human being. I went out of my way not to pay for this, and probably can't make it a repeat listen.

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didn't actually listen to this because fuck Ryan Adams, instead i listened to A Tribe Called Quest - Thank you for your service.... We've got it from here Q-Tip's product is as slick as ever and opener Space Program followed up quickly with We the people.... set the tone for the rest of the album. Solid wall of sound has the best use of a Elton John sample and i think is a stand out non single track. This is a fitting final album for an amazing group, RIP Phife

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The only reason I had heard of this guy was cuz he used to pork Mandy Moore. This is a fantastic album and I’m not what you would call an alt-country fan at all.

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Never heard this album, nor listened to Ryan Adams. The first track, “To Be Young”, is a good example of the mood of the music and the mood of the lyric completely and intentionally opposed to one another. Not sure to what purpose, but intriguing. Good instrumental settings and performances. Good acoustic guitar with sensitive coloring backgrounds—well-produced. Vocally pleasing, effective use of hushed melodies. Not a trained voice, and lacking range in the natural register, but effective, given the genre. Emmylou Harris’ backing vocal on “Oh My Sweet Carolina” is not an example of her better work. (I suspect her agent was trying to keep her relevant, when by 2000 she was over the hill.) Kim Richey does better on “Come Pick Me Up”. The lyrics are vague enough to allow multiple interpretations, more of a collage of impressions than a conveyor of meaning. Adam’s frequently tries to be Dylan-esque (“Damn, Sam”, “Don’t Ask for the Water”, etc.) in lyrics, guitar finger-picking, vocal style, and in harmonica accompaniment, but he’s obviously not in the same league. (Although I bet he makes Dylan wish he’d learned to play the banjo.) “To Be the One” is powerful. “The empty bottle misses you, and I’m the one it’s talkin’ to”. That hit home. “Shakedown on 9th Street” and “To Be Young” demonstrate that Adam’s can rock. He should do more. Overall, a good album. 3/5

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2.5 - If this album was a sexual encounter, it’d be a third date and in the middle of dinner she says she’d rather be friends. I’m reminded of live acoustic music you might hear at a winery. It’s contemplative, downtempo. Your mind wanders to boring places as you listen. How does this tiny vineyard town support a music scene? How many musicians make their living playing these winery venues? Why is this dude on the guitar wearing so much turquoise jewelry?

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I loved that song he did for Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. It was number 1 for 16 weeks. And what a 16 weeks they were. This doesn't stand up to that monster.

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excellent loved it

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5

Super fedt album. Kan mærke han følelser helt ude gennem højtalerne. God blanding af stille og skaldede numre

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5

I will admit to not listening as close as I should. But this was good working/ reading music. I’ll flag this to listen to again.

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5

I liked this. Some really good songs on here. I think I might dig into a bit more Ryan Adams.

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5

A fucking + Love this one. Gold was the album that made me fall in love with his music, but this one made me open my eyes and say “Holy SHIT”!

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5

Great album. Too bad he is a slime who uses his status to prey on young women.

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Es un buen álbum, muy suave y delicado, tiene lo suyo y me recuerda a Taylor Swift. La verdad es algo que puedes escuchar en un día tranquilo, me encanta, se apega mucho a mis gustos y es muy Indie/Country.

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Bluegrass, mellow. Enjoyable 10

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5

Problematic at the least, but still a great slab of Americana

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A brilliant album from a brilliant artist.

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surprisingly good

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mid

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5

This was sweet and amazing! Loved it start to finish.

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5

Really great

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5

First track with Dave Rawlings is brilliant, next two tracks ok

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5

Knew Ryan Adams had something of a cult like following. Now I realize why. This was so so good.

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Topp kvalitet. Svært bra musikk til å ha i bakgrunnen. Skal høre det en gang til og plukke ut sanger til tut tut

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Accomplished

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I liked this a lot, it was a good mix of folk and country. I have not listened to that much out of the genre so it was enjoyable. Would listen to it again.

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This is really my lane. Gritty vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and folky instrumentation. Sucks that Ryan Adams is such a piece of shit.

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4

Excellent album

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Bobo dylan californiano

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I liked most of this album, though there were a few songs that didn't quite hit the right spot.

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Not my cup of tea musically, but I found myself greatly enjoying this album.

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Has kinda a Bob Dylan vibe in a good way

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well, i didn't like the other album on the list, but this one struck me quite differently.

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Classic Americana / heartland rock, that isn't absolutely boring.

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Este disco sí lo escuché con prejuicio porque ya he escuchado otros dos de Ryan Adams (más la reversión que hizo de todo el 1989 de Taylor Swift) y me gusta. Me gusta su voz, cómo canta, regularmente sí sus letras y también su música. Acá está muy country rock y está padre, los sonidos de las armónicas me encantan. Además, creo que tiene un buen balance de tristeo y algo más animadito o esperanzador. Lástima que haya sido un agresor sexual a decir de un puñado de mujeres (entre ellas, la Phoebe Bridgers) y pues ahora esté cancelado. Mis canciones fav: "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)", "Amy", "Call Me on Your Way Back Home", "Come Pick Me Up". 8.5/10

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Great sounds and not a lot of weak points. Unfortunately made by a sexual predator, so only useful in looking at associated acts and adjacent sounds.

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This was very good folk. Take a listen again sometime with a cup of coffee and really listen.

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Fijne rock klink jaren 60

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Um álbum simples e muito bom. Amy é uma das minhas favoritas.

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4

OK so I don't like or understand country. But there's a certain strain of "alt-country" I can get behind, even if I'm ignorant of the style it's an alternative to. Bright Eyes are a good example, and some moments of this album sound reminiscent of them. Much of it is more rugged, with some straight-ahead rocking and some Americana kinda ballads. I've listened to at least two Ryan Adams albums in the past, but this one clicked better with me. I also just discovered that he covered Taylor Swift's 1989 album, and it's possibly even better than the original. I'm feeling a solid 4 for this one. It's good stuff.

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Very emotionally powerful and compelling

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Very nice album

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Sad, chill, alternative country music. Created after a breakup, this album is great listening for anyone going through the same thing.

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To be young: excellent My winding wheel: excellent Amy: very good Oh my sweet Carolina: very good Bartering lines: good Call me on your way back home: very good Damn sam: good Come pick me up: excellent To be the one: average Why do they leave?: excellent Shakedown on 9th street: above average Don’t ask for the water: average In my time of need: very good Sweet lil gal: very good 8/10

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4

Really good album, but Ryan Adams is still a terrible person

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Chiller and background-y with a great vibe

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Pas mal Good, great, but not bad

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Country/ folk rock, je to celkom fajn

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: To be young, Amy, Bartering lines

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Country-ish alt classic.

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good, enjoyable listen. Reminded me a little of Bob Dylan sound.

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Country and folk undertones mixing together to be achingly sweet

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Favoriete nummers: - To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High) - Bartering Lines

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I always wanted to hate RA but I dated a girl who was a big fan and went very slowly and reluctantly from "a couple songs are alright, I guess" to "damn, this guy's good." Later albums have some higher highs but this is probably his best album front to back (though there are a couple of duds) so four stars. Too bad he's a big creep.

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2 Ryan Adams albums in 1 week! I think I preferred this one to Gold.

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I really liked this album. The lead song is really good, and the rest of this album was well-crafted, heartbreaking music.

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Loved it

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Liked it, not what I expected. Never heard of the artist, good for a melancholy evening.

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Clearly he is a strong singer songwriter

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This is about as good as it gets with Adams.

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Nice country

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Pretty catchy and easy to listen to. The songs harken a merry database of lyrics to bring it all home

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Ryan Adams, not to be confused with Canadian menace Bryan Adams, broke out onto the scene as an alt-country singer/songwriter with something to prove. Recorded in only 14 days, Adams took his relationship woes and put them into wonderful, tender songs. It's true, Adams is a spectacular songwriter. He's also a terrible person. How do we approach such a personal album from someone who has done terrible things? I don't know. I know that I like the music, and I don't like Adams, so how could I possibly rate this fairly? Whatever, it's great. Of course it's great. Fuck Ryan Adams but this album has so much to offer.

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gleich Doppelt von Bob Dylan begrüßt (Maggies farm auf to be young is to be sad, und der Stimme auf my Winding Wheel). Amy ist ein Highlight (das Zupfmuster, die Trommeln, das songwriting). oh my sweet caroline hat den trockenst gemischten gesang ever (so ungefähr anti-fleet foxes). wenn er ned so schön singen würde könnte man manchmal Tom Waits meinen (Bartering lines). Intim alles und nachdenklich - manchmal gehts mir aber nicht so ins herz wie er wohl beabsichtigt hat.

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Alt Country Blues...First time of listening and what a surprise! I like this Album. from the plaintive "Amy" to the more Bluesy Numbers like "To Be Young" and "Bartering Lines" is this a break up record comparable with "Rumours" (Only kidding folks!) but this is good and I am pleasantly surprised by the quality. I was a much expecting much more Bryan than Ryan! A rightful place in this list as far as I am concerned.

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Heartland rock, very Bob Dylan influenced. A lot more harmonica than I was expecting. Ballad heavy. Drunken bar singer going through a bad breakup. It's good, maybe could've cut one or two, but overall a good, dour record. Favorite tracks: "Come Pick Me Up", "In My Time of Need"

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Great album. Real Americana style, Dylan-esque at times

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3/23/22 This guy gives me modern day Bob Dylan with an influence of James Taylor. Added 2 song to my playlists. This would be a good calm study album for the background, but I did enjoy it! Easy listen! Favorite Song: Come Pick Me Up

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Felt very modern-day Bob Dylan vibes. Would listen again.

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Listened to on 3/23/22 4/5 Favorite song: come pick me up, to be young Very easy listening with light country vibes and lots of emotional baggage

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This is some top quality Dylan worship, no? Or am I easily confused by harmonicas? Either way, I enjoyed this. I think I've heard this album a couple of times before, and gave it a couple of play throughs for the list. I think with more listens this might rise to 5 stars? 🤔 Fave track - "Come Pick Me Up" - that's a tune!

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Forgot what a great album this is. My favourite Ryan Adams album before...beautiful songwriting from beginning to end. Country tinges with a touch of rock and roll swagger. Love the opening discussion about Morrissey and what album(s) have Suedehead. Sounds great on vinyl too. 4.5 stars

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Light and fun

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Härliga backing vocals och bra munspel är det som räddar detta från ett sämre betyg.

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Too much harmonica

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good alt-country record by a shitty man.

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Alright. May like more on further listens.

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Sen tyyppistä kantria mikä mulle toimii ja oli lepposaa kuunnella. Paikoin hyviä fiilistelybiisejä

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Osittain meni Teams-palsuilun takia ohi, mutta en kokenut tarvetta ottaa uusintaa joten arvostelu = OK

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Started strong but mellowed

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More country-adjacent, but this one is a little better at least. I only know Ryan Adams as the subject of Phoebe Bridgers’ song ,,Motion Sickness”. The first track on this album is worth the three stars alone.

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I'd say it's good, not very good, but definitely listenable and smooth. Would try to check out some of his other songs/albums

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3.5. Country blues. Surprisingly good and very listenable. Some songs were forgettable but there were some good ones in here

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Pretty chill and folksy rock. Not bad to listen to, though his voice is a little whiny. Definitely tainted by knowing Ryan Adams is a creep though. It's also weird that he had to cover that Taylor Swift album, like he gets credit for making something someone else wrote more ~artsy~.

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First “song” is pretty good and it generally holds steady throughout

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Enjoyed it!

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although Mark Ronson may have done it better , ‘Amy’ is such a pretty song :* his voice works and sounds better on the slower and softer tracks ! he do be relying on that harmonica tho ¿

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“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts. So it turns out Ryan Adams is not as romantic as I thought....

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It was quite ok to listen.

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Hijole, está difícil. La verdad casi todas las canciones me dieron una enorme hueva, hubo varios skips la verdad. Me gustaron básicamente la esa de to be young is to be sad and high y shakedown on 9th avenue, aunque he de de decir que esta última sí me gustó tanto que la agregue a una playlist. Mood: mames, midwest, bájale al clonazepam que se duerme la banda.

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dylanesque melancholic

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false

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I warmed up to this album for sure. There are some pretty bare country ballads on here, but there are also a lot of great country rock songs too. Definitely more good than bad. Favorite song: Amy

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Country folk triste, no está mal.

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אלבום טוב סך הכל, לא ממש מתחבר אליו למרות שזה נחמד מדי פעם לגוון ולהקשיב לדברים כאלה

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I liked it, but it found it forgettable.

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I went back and gave it a shot. To be young is such a great song!

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it’s country so eh but not the worst i liked it

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The heartbreak in this album is evident. Much lamenting and sorrow throughout. Lots of harmonica riffs really touch to the sadness of a broken heart. Best: Oh my Sweet Carolina; Shakedown On 9th Street Worst: Sweet Lil' Gal

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Maybe everything that came after was derivative, and this was trend setting, but I was bored

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3

A pretty solid album, but I feel like it blended into the background on the first listen. Probably need another.

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3

Good but nothing special.

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13/06/2021 Ricardo was here.. I like this album

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Top 3 1. (7) Call Me on Your Way Back Home 2. (4) Amy 3. (12) Shakedown on 9th Street

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A bit blah, isn't it?

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Never really listened to Ryan Adams before this. I'll have to make an effort as this wasn't half bad.

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good mix of old and new style country music.

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Soou como um pop bem feito.

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If you can get past the fact that Ryan Adams is a shit bloke, you love listening to song after song about breakups, relationship breakdowns and their aftermath then you’ll probably like Heartbreaker.

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Rock suave

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Alternative country-inspired guitar

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Slower, mellow songs that I enjoyed for the most part. 0RS

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Ryan seems like a nice boy who writes nice songs. It's good that there are some albums on here that wouldn't offend my grandma if I put them on.

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Okay!

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Nice Americana album, pleasant listening

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58 Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams 15 tracks. This started off great but I soon lost interest. Might give it another go when I'm in a different mood. It's good, but it's also just not for me, (or at least not for me right now). 3/5

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Wasn't expecting to like it but it was good in a sub-TVZ/Dylan type way. A bit too droney for 4 stars but close.

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It was alright although I wouldn’t seek it out. 3*

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Better than I thought I would be, in a few parts he's got a pretty cool sound, a 60's Dylan / Donovan / Stones vibe which bands were adopting in the late 90s. But overall it cant escape the 2000's acoustic country pop drivel. 3 - It was was alright, would enjoy it if it was on the radio but probably wouldn't choose to put it on again.

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Duller than I thought it might be

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Some hits and some misses.

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7/10

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-”To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)” sounds like Bob Dylan at a few points -Generally a little slow throughout a lot of the album -I quite like the upbeat pace of “Shakedown on 9th Street.” The distorted guitar and drums are great. -Overall nice, with some nice bits, but very slow in others. Not much pulling me back to listen again

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6/10

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Se conmueve el vaquero que todos llevamos dentro.3

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I'd have to give it another listen to fully appreciate it. Very good tunes here. 3.5/5

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Ehhhhh it was cool I guess

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Good instrumentation coming from the Taylor Swift cover artist.

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This albums is actually pretty solid. It just sucks dick that the dude is the fucking worst.

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I’ve listened to a few of his albums and I reach the same conclusion each time. There are a couple of really good tracks and I really want to like the rest, but he disappears into self indulgent songs that aren’t really for anyone but himself. Started out a possible 4 but ended up a low 3. If it carried on it how it was going it would have been a 2.

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I’ll focus on the music because I didn’t read anything on this one (Ryan Adams is a dickhead based on inference). There’s a lot to like here musically. I prefer the more upbeat, honky tonk-ish sounding songs. Some of them are very good. Like the one with Carolina in it. But there are also some almost inaudible tracks too. I like a stripped down arrangement as much as the next person, but one requirement is that I shouldn’t have to double the volume to hear it. Some of the songs, the more stripped down ones that I could hear, were boring. There is more to like than not. However, I’m judging the album as a whole which has too many misses.

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I used to love this album. It was my perfect rainy day music. Then came #metoo and a slew of allegations that he was a manipulative, abusive, lecherous fuck. Sigh. I can’t separate my feelings about the man from my feelings about the music. If I could, this would be a higher rating.

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Oh, Ryan Adams, I wish you weren't such a terrible person. A fantastic songwriter. And a terrible person. The only thing he loves as much as his harmonica is being an abusive prick. This is as country as I can tolerate. It hits just right for me, in a sweet spot that I used to love. But Ryan Adams has spoiled all that. I'm gonna keep tapping my foot, because I can't help it, but he can shove his harmonica where the sun don't shine. This is a four-star album. But -1 because I just can't enjoy it in the same way anymore.

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A bit too quiet...

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Damn fine western folk blend of Dylan and Neil Young, full of variety and pregnant pauses. I wasn't planning on getting anything out of this at all. Highly likeable.

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Started off with a bang but then never really went anywhere from there

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This album made me sad but in a good way

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Putting aside the personality issues this is a good listen

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That first song was really kickin' but I grew bored as the album went on.

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pojken har ju känsla det måste man ge honom. Men det är för tråkiga låtar.

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Nothing memorable about this album.... weird lyrics sometimes.

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Not for me

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Good album bad person

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Some good blues licks and a few memorable tracks to an otherwise unmemorable album. I didn't hate it, not at all, but felt like the 2 songs, "Bartering Lines" and "Shakedown on 9th Street" are the only tracks I truly enjoyed entirely. True Feelings: 2.5/5

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I didn’t remember this album being so long and uneventful but here we are. That seems to be my hot take on everything of late. Oh well! Dude’s problematic and all that, but even putting all that aside “Cold Roses” is the only one of his 900 albums I have any interest in revisiting these days. “Look Me Up” is a fine song and the one about NC is pretty enough, but I think trying to intentionally make music that sounds like it came out decades earlier than when you recorded it is a good way for shit not to age well.

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Rollo. Un 2.

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tostonaco

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I don't really know what to say. Decent songwriting, half-decent voice, music that is as anonymous as the interior decor of a dentist's waiting room

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Started out ok but went too country and western

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Why is this on here twice?

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Not sure I'd ever really heard Ryan Adams, only heard "of" him so I was ready to dive in. Instead of a succinct review, here is the timeline of my thoughts as i listened to this album...: "hmm. this seems affected, I'm gonna be annoyed by this..." [1 or 2 songs in] "....you know, this might be pretty good. There are some great melodies in here. I may want to admit it but if we keep going like this I might end up liking it, let's see how the album progresses..." [5 songs in] "....." [after ~7 songs] "...I thought I was listening to Damien Rice for a bit, and I prefer Damien Rice. This is getting a lot more laid-back, slow-paced, and frankly boring..." [after 10 songs] "....sigh...." [a few more] "....." [the album ends depressingly] "yeah, now i want to kill myself. Better yet, I think I'll put on some old Van Halen" 4/10

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Apple pie and the fourth of July.

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We didn’t care for this album. It sounded like the artist was still figuring out their voice, and frequently defaulted to emulating their musical heroes. Occasionally his point of view shone through, and those moments were better.

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I enjoyed To Be Young, but nothing else stood out

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I got bored towards the end and stopped listening, maybe I missed out on greatness but I doubt it

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good modern folk album. Really necessary to be on this list?

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Not going to judge the music on the man, as, having just given the Sex Pistols a 5* review and one of them having killed a woman, that would be a bit hypocritical. So I will judge it on the music. Which was pretty dull and depressing. There were a couple of nice songs that I would enjoy in a more soppy moment. But most of it just dragged on.

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2/5 way too lovey for my taste.

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Decent.

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A shame this LP can't live up to the wonders of uptempo tracks like 'To Be Young' - while the pace is significantly too slow across the rest of the album, Adams' lightheartedness and genuine delivery do at least make the slower tracks tolerable.

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Un rollo. Un 2. Casi le pongo un 3. Pero en mi lista individual le había puesto un 2. Lo que me ha hecho recular y confirmar mi 2. Si tuviera una B, estaría mejor...:P

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Folk estadounidense con demasiadas canciones lentas. Ni fu ni fa. Pues no, al final un 2. Muuuchas canciones lentas.

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2.9

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I thought it was so dull, not an original note on there. I looked up some reviews afterwards to work out why it's on the list and apparently everyone rates it but me! I warmed to it slightly by the end

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No.

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Broke nothing

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Swoon. ... then vomit. Ugh, not in the mood for this drippy whiny-achiness. I suppose there's a time and a place, but not on my watch!

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Just like a squirrel trying to fuck a dead girl on the abandoned railway tracks.

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4/09/2022 Today's Album: "Heartbreaker" by Ryan Adams - This album was pretty mid. I think going into it, I expected it to be pretty bad, being an album from the year 2000 with the title Heartbreaker and although there are a few break out tracks that really shine, a lot of the folk-country displayed on this record just sounds like John Denver could have done it and so much better. I appreciate the production of this album and on the songs that have a lot of views, there are really great ideas being presented like in the track My Sweet Carolina where the vocals are really clear and present in the mix. However, the only times this album really sounds good outside of that is when the song has a sad tone to it, which gets really old after a while. I think My Winding Wheel is a really great track on it's own and Amy really tugs at the heart strings, but after you hear the good tracks on this album the effort feels like it was really soaked up and the rest of this is just a bunch of filler. I enjoyed it to some extent, but I really think I would just recommend listening to the tracks under the Highlights section and leaving the rest as a bunch of uninteresting and cliché'd country folk. Score: 4/10 Very little value in most of the tracks. Highlights: My Winding Wheel, Amy, Oh My Sweet Carolina

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Need to hear it again. 2.5/5

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A couple good singles, but it’s hard to listen back without ignoring the context of his shtiness as a person.

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I can't tell if I would have given this 5 stars ten years ago. definitely overall not bad, not good. But more importantly not a great person

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Wrongen.

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Despite some colourful guitar work and vocals that are heartfelt, honest, and gorgeous this album bombed for me. Adams is reaching for an emotion that just feels out of reach driven by simplistic lyrics that are cloying and weak. The lyrics really bring this one down for me. There is music that I can like despite poor lyrics but since Adams work leans so heavily on the writing, it moves front and center and really dont bear the weight of the music around it. The conversation at the start of the album really kicked things off on the wrong foot for me and it never recovered. I'll pass on this one again.

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Isn’t this guy a rapist? Shouldn’t be on this list

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Nope

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I didn’t and won’t listen to this

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Apparently Ryan Adam’s is a piece of shit and we’re boycotting. 0 stars

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cancelled

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Dylanesque. Bit bland.

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I'd rather die than listen to Ryan adams

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Country. Nope. I only got 30 seconds in before punting the album.

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Shit

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megh

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No para nada!

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Ya no me acuerdo si lo escuché, pero estoy seguro que lo escuché. Así de poco me gustó.

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it’s a good album but fuck ryan adams

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At the time it came out I did enjoy this album but given Ryan Adams history I thought I would give this a pass. I instead listened to Mandy Moore's Silver Landings and Phoebe Bridges' Punisher, both stellar albums in their own right.

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Artist is an asshole, and the art sucks anyway so why is this here

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Nah. 1/5

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NOPE

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Peso, un po' tutte uguali, un po' tutte senza niente da dire.

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he was massive for a bit wasn't he. i'd rather listen to brian. it's like listening to a bob dylan covers band that don't play any of the big hits. i've heard that's what its like watching the real bob dylan so this guy could genuinely be the most true to life cover artist going and i wouldn't even know.

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