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Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams

2000

Heartbreaker

Album Summary

Heartbreaker is the debut solo studio album by American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, released September 5, 2000 on Bloodshot Records. The album was recorded over fourteen days at Woodland Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. It was nominated for the 2001 Shortlist Music Prize. The album is said to be inspired by Adams' break-up with music industry publicist Amy Lombardi.According to Adams, the album's title originates from a poster of Mariah Carey: "My manager called and said, 'You have 15 seconds to name this record,' "My eyes focused on this poster of Mariah wearing a T-shirt that said HEARTBREAKER. I just shouted, 'Heartbreaker!'"A Deluxe Edition, featuring bonus recording session takes and pre-album demos, was released on May 6, 2016 on PAX-AM records.

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Rating

3.01

Votes

5163

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

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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Tue Aug 17 2021
1

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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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

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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Tue Jul 20 2021
1

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
1

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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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

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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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

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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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

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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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

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

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Fri Nov 20 2020
5

excellent loved it

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Wed Mar 17 2021
5

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
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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Tue Apr 13 2021
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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Wed Mar 17 2021
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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Tue May 25 2021
5

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

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

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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Mon May 10 2021
5

Bluegrass, mellow. Enjoyable 10

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

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

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

A brilliant album from a brilliant artist.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
5

surprisingly good

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

mid

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

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

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Really great

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

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

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

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

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

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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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

Accomplished

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

no es el brian

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

I know he's reportedly a big-league asshole, but I love this guy's music. This is clearly (in my opinion) his best album. There isn't a song on here that I don't love. I listened to the whole album twice. It's so good.

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Sun Dec 18 2022
5

Oh man, this guy is a creep? What a shame. Great record.

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Mon Feb 06 2023
5

Dylanesque? This is really good. Would you call it Neo-country? It's not normally my thing but it's beautifully balanced with a laid-back vibe that's floats along seamlessly from track to track. Reading the reviews it seems there's a lot of people hung-up about his nastiness. Well he doesn't strike me as a saint but can you point me in the direction of someone living his lifestyle who's never acted like a jerk? Trendy chattering classes......

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Excellent album

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Bobo dylan californiano

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Mon May 17 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

Has kinda a Bob Dylan vibe in a good way

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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

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Sat May 22 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Fijne rock klink jaren 60

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 09 2021
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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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Very emotionally powerful and compelling

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Very nice album

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Fri May 28 2021
4

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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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

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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Fri May 21 2021
4

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

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

Chiller and background-y with a great vibe

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Pas mal Good, great, but not bad

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Country/ folk rock, je to celkom fajn

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Country-ish alt classic.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Country and folk undertones mixing together to be achingly sweet

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Loved it

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Clearly he is a strong singer songwriter

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

This is about as good as it gets with Adams.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Nice country

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

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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Wed May 04 2022
4

Light and fun

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Who knew all that self-loathing had a basis in reality? When an artist tells you who they are, believe them.

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Thu May 26 2022
4

This album was very very good. Not quite five stars, but close. I don't know much about Ryan Adams, but I am interested in trying some of his other work after this. Lots of great emotional story telling in this one. Reminded me of Bob Dylan with a much better voice.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

Что такое кантри - я знаю. Что такое альтернативный рок - тоже. Что такое альт-кантри? Теперь знаю!;) Кантри здорового человека, которое звучит совсем не как кантри и как бы говорит тебе: "присаживайся рядом и погрусти со мной о вечном". Как ветвь развития жанра точно необходима к прослушиванию. Под меланхоличное настроение - тоже. 7 из 10.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

One of my all time faves. Takes me back to when I heard it the first time in London 2002.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Ótimo álbum, meio rock, meio country, meio folk. Gosto muito da voz do Ryan e da sua gaita. Melhores músicas: Minha amada Come Pick me Up, Oh My Sweet Carolina, Why do they leave e In My Time of need

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

^-^

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

it feels like the classic heartbreak album and im all for it. the cover adds to the theme of the album. call me on your way back home stood out to me for its rawness and emotion

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

To Be Young and My Winding Wheel are brilliant tracks which I love to listen to, but the rest of the album doesn't quite live up to them

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I’d never listened to Ryan Adams before, but I totally loved this album. Apparently Ryan Adams is a reprehensible human, but sometimes (often, actually), shitty people make great music. This is the first album thats come up that I hadn’t heard before that I’m sold on.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

This album was so close to a 5 in my book. I really really liked it but I feel like if I'm questioning a 5 then it isn't a 5.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Never heard of this guy before but the album was okay. Something I would listen to but does not hold a permanent place on my playlist.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Goeie singer songwriter. Leuk album

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Another surprising find...I have heard of Ryan Adams for years but never listened to him. This album was fantastic, a great blend of blues, rock and Americana.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Thought it was great. A beautiful album, gotta look into more country. Kind of like if Dylan did a 808’s and heartbreak? I know that makes no sense

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Pretty good

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Really nice music

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Ok, this was a solid 4 for me. I think it could be higher if it wasn't for the startlingly loud harmonica that would appear out of nowhere. Just when you are listening intently to the lyrics and getting drawn into the music....HARMONICA screeches in your ears. It fits the music perfectly but just....turn it down!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

4.0

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

Quite a good album in the end.. Fireside, guitar vibe and with it some good melodies that are catching and not too redundant. The voice sounds great too. Liked it. 3.5/5, maybe small 4/5

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Sun Oct 16 2022
4

This was a pleasant album after the endless punk and rock albums I’ve been getting. I only know ryan adams from his 1989 cover album Chloe made me listen to and this is a much better introduction to him than that. Adams voice and songwriting is great and songs like Amy and come pick me up are the best showcases of that. However, shakedown on 9th street is my favorite song on the album even though it’s totally out of place compared to the rest of the tracks

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Enjoyable. Easy background music. Reminded me of David Gray on a few of the songs, but with a bit more of a bluesy feel. Good relaxing music. Hadn’t ever listened to his music before. Bummer to read he’s apparently been a real asshole to several female musicians. Puts a damper on enjoying his music.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Ryan Adams is a hell of a songwriter. He has clearly studied the work of the great country songwriters as well as Bob Dylan. His ability to tell a story is perhaps unrivaled in 2000s alternative country. The music itself isn’t terribly groundbreaking, but it highlights the vocals and allows them to do what they do best.

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