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Gold

Ryan Adams

2001

Gold
Album Summary

Gold is the second studio album by Ryan Adams, released September 25, 2001 on Lost Highway Records. The album remains Adams' best-selling album, certifying Gold in the UK and going on to sell 364,000 copies in the U.S. and 812,000 worldwide. Adams noted that "with Gold, I was trying to prove something to myself. I wanted to invent a modern classic."Adams intended for the album to be a double album, but his record label, Lost Highway, condensed the album into a single disc. According to Adams, the label "took the last five songs, made it a bonus disc and put it on the first hundred and fifty thousand copies. Fucking my fans over and making them pay extra for a record I wanted to be a double album. They counted that as one record." This bonus disc is known as Side Four; the disc's title reflects the fact that the bonus material makes up the fourth side of the double LP edition of the album. The album includes "When the Stars Go Blue", which has been covered by artists such as The Corrs and Bono, Tyler Hilton, Bethany Joy Galeotti, Tim McGraw and as a duo by Kurt Nilsen featuring Venke Knutson. "New York, New York" became a notable MTV and VH1 favorite following the September 11 attacks. "The Rescue Blues" was featured in the end credits of the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines. Adams' friend and former roommate Adam Duritz (lead singer of Counting Crows) lends background vocals to several tracks. Adams received three Grammy Award nominations in 2002: Best Rock Album, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "New York, New York", and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Lovesick Blues", a song recorded for the Hank Williams tribute album, "Timeless". Stephen King's 2006 book Lisey's Story includes part of the lyrics to "When the Stars Go Blue". Also, the song "The Rescue Blues" was featured in an episode of Scrubs. In 2011, "Answering Bell" was featured in the film and on the soundtrack to Bridesmaids.

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2.85

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9328
Genres
Country
Rock
Singer Songwriter

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

At a concert in October 2002, at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, someone in the audience yelled out a request for "Summer of '69", a hit by the similarly named Bryan Adams. Adams reacted with a stream of expletives, and ordered the house lights turned on, The Tennessean newspaper reported. He eventually found the fan who made the joke request, paid him $30 cash as a refund for the show, ordered him to leave, and said he would not play another note until he had left. He's also a pedophile (alledgedly)

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Mon Apr 05 2021
1

Why'd they keep pushing this cunt?

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Mon Apr 05 2021
1

How many albums does this nonce have on the list?

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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

Had to stop in the middle of the 3rd song, because my balls were shrinking. It's like a cocktail of estrogen with radioactive waste

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Not bad for an arrogant dickhead.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
1

I could see this playing at a suburban white Christian Americans family barbecue XD

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

Can't really go wrong with Ryan Adams. He reminds me a lot of the singer/songwriters from the 90s but more contemporary.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

I liked this! Bluesy rocky Americana stuff. This is all upbeat (except Sylvia Plath). Would go great on a roadtrip playlist or something. This album is the kind of album that makes me glad this list exists. I never would have even given that cover a second glance! Never would have heard it. Is it 5 stars? No. Is it 4? Probably not, but considering how much I've been liberal with my 3 stars this year, I'll have to give it a 4. Really enjoyed "When the Stars Go Blue", "Nobody Girl", "Sylvia Plath", "Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues", and "Rosalie Come and Go"

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

how do I post the meme of that seal yelling gaaaaaayyy?

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

“Gold” by Ryan Adams (2001) If you’re in the mood for country/pop/rock that’s smoother than Bruce Springsteen but not as intelligent as Neil Young, this album is worth a try. Ryan Adam’s’ poetry is better than that found in most pop music, but it has its flaws. There’s a nice enough cadence and sound, but he seems to write with limited vocabulary, conceptual depth, and synthesis. Several images are used repetitively (personified ‘night’, ‘breaking glass’), indicating a truncated imagination. Musically, the album is reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, with country flavorings, arranged and performed with adequate professionalism, and assisted by a large assembly of session musicians. Adams’ voice lacks control and resonance, but is well matched to the instrumental arrangements, as if producer/instrumentalist Ethan Johns was well aware of the limitations he was working with. And is there any instrument Johns doesn’t play? The album is well enough constructed, building in intensity and variety as it proceeds, stepping out of its initial country mode into the territory of classic and experimental rock. “Nobody Girl”, at over nine minutes, is about five minutes too short. Seriously. This review only covers the album as originally released. I’ll leave the sad and silly dispute over the five tracks of “Side Four” to Adams and Lost Highway Records. Sheesh. It’s not a classic, but it’s easy on the ears, and will help you get through your working day. 3/5

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Wed Mar 08 2023
1

Lifeless and soulless, no clever turns of phrase or creative arrangements. Any band or local songwriter would have left this collection unrecorded. No business being on the list. And obligatory slap from beyond the grave from Sylvia Plath for taking her name in vain on such a dull song.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

this was surprisingly good - I'm a little bit bummed it has a low global rating

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Fri Nov 11 2022
1

Überbewertet in allen Belangen.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
1

We have Bruce Springsteen at home

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Wed Oct 25 2023
1

The 90 minutes of Gold by Ryan Adams would benefit from silence. Ideally 90 minutes of it. Even the ostensibly quiet songs on this record have this overproduced busyness, never allowing a drop of silence to accentuate the space between two beats, never giving elements room to be whole. There’s always an organ, a muffled rhythm guitar, or a semi-distant string quartet fussing in the background. This is apart from the beginning of that terrible Sylvia Plath song, which would benefit from bringing in Kevin Shields and his fifty guitars for an upfront wall-of-sound treatment to push the song deep, deep into the bayou. Of course, after a minute, the bare piano backing has to be joined by some strings. It was sounding lonely there! For this self-avowedly American record, a splendidly American word fits best: phony. Original ideas are sparse, just this slapped-on faux-Americana, tiresome mopey songs to a nameless girl, or a parade of nameless girls, and eyes-closed busker’s vocal affectations that magnify the triteness of the lines. It’s a box-ticking exercise in homage - here’s a fast-spoken song about New York, here’s a song with “Blues” in the title, look, a song about a street, a song about a bar, oh! 20 songs about a girl or girls. He can write a tune, but it will always look like Boris Karloff, and no make-up will hide the stitches, and he’s still waiting for that lightning bolt to bring that fucking thing to life. (Unlike the otherwise comparable Primal Scream, whose lightning bolt was Andy Weatherall.) Confession: I enjoyed Nobody Girl’s modicum of Coors lite rock until I realised it was longer than Fool’s Gold. From Wikipedia“”New York, New York" became a notable MTV and VH1 favorite following the September 11 attacks.” The chicken and the egg argument went dark. I dislike this record and can only stave off resentment for my 90 minutes with it by being mean, as I hate bearing a grudge. One star! What a dickwash of a cover fronts this album.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Love, love, love this album. More rocking than his first solo LP, Heartbreaker, but perhaps not as pretty. Great Americana.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
5

Incredible album from the days that everything Ryan Adams touched turned into .. yes Gold. Take the epic Nobody girl and find out that this is soon followed by the heartbreaking duo Wild flowers and Harder now that it's over. And whether they are rock, country, gospel or whatever, weak songs are not remotely in sight.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Enjoyable Americana, shame it came from a shitwad.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Today I learned there is a Ryan Adams and a Bryan Adams. It's not bad, just a tad too generic for my taste

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

Good album! Another artist I wasn't familiar with by name, but I know I've heard Rescue Blues before. I feel like this album is a great representation of singer-songwriter rock in the early 00s. I can hear sounds that remind me of other artists I'm more familiar with from the era. I also hear some strong elements of 70s era singer-songwriting. I can certainly hear the the influence of Dylan, Young, and Springsteen throughout the album. Favorite Songs: The Rescue Blues

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Wed Oct 25 2023
1

I can't be bothered to compose a full review, so here are my notes: familiar and anonymous jack and diane on repeat for an hour cannot sing, awful voice would be a relief to hear summer of 69 [flips coin disinterestedly]: 1

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

😀 That was a good one 😀

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Fri Dec 10 2021
5

I love Ryan Adams' music. I'm not sure why I don't listen to it more, but it's great. I'm not even really sure why I like it so much - it just seems kinda timeless to me. There is definitely a Neil Young, Bob Dylan vibe, but also like the Stones and a bit of the Beatles. It's blues, but it's folk, but it's also country. He could have performed at Woodstock or at a contemporary music festival and people would dig it. It's somehow genius in its simplicity. I don't know. But - 5.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Un artista poco sonado en su momento pero que es una máquina de hacer grandes rolas. Este disco se deja ir solito, sin un momento que me aburra o que me invite a cambiarle. Incluso la rola más depre (Sylvia Plath) es una chulada si le pones atención. Me encanta ese punto que encuentra entre Rock, Pop y Country en el que un montón de las rolas del disco sirven en muchos momentos.

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Fri Feb 24 2023
5

La Cienega Just Smiled. Bastantes canciones preciosas.

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Mon Oct 09 2023
5

One of my go too albums in 2001. Didn't think Ryan could top Heartbreaker. Grows track by track. 6 stars. Rescue blues and nobody girl are in my opinion two of the best songs of 2001.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

La Cienega Just Smiled. Bastantes canciones preciosas.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

The first song came on and I was thinking damn this is some good ol Americana. Classic but not too classic and catchy but not cliche. To my surprise, it more or less continued consistently throughout the whole album. Some songs stood out more, but overall there were no misses. Altogether, since I enjoyed it, there were some great songs and really no duds, and the album flowed together the whole way through, and I'll definitely be coming back to it, I think this deserves a 5

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Say what you will about Ryan Adams as a person...this album is soooo good! I love it and it reminds me so much of a snapshot in my life.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

I see and hear what you're doing there, Adams. A stab at Bryan Adams and an inversion of Born in the U.S.A.. I get you... Personal issues aside, really good album I thoroughly enjoyed. I was expecting this to plod a bit but that was the most striking thing to me about Gold. Even the slower songs had some pep, creating an experience that was very catchy, melodic, and very beautiful in several spots. Anything that makes me want to sing or play along is a winner in my book.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
5

From what I hear he is a pretty big douche bag but this music is decent Americana. Ill give it five stars but actually 3.5 when you take away the curve I grade on.

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Wed Dec 09 2020
4

Jahas.. Taidan antaa silveriää.. eli neljä tähteä..

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Mon Jan 11 2021
4

The fact that this appeals to me so much either says a ton about me or Ryan Adams lol. Kinda in that Wallflowers mold. PROTO TAYLOR SWIFT. Just some light, easy going alt rock, some good story telling, really nice melody lines and guitar riffs. Didn’t really care for Sylvia Plath. His different voices throughout the record throw me off a little too – like what the hell is that voice on Gonna Make You Love Me?

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Hat mir gut gefallen. Überhaupt nicht so schnulzig, wie ich erwartet hab. Vielleicht verwechsle ich ihn auch... tatsächlich! Bryan Adams... dafuq? Werd ich wohl nochmal hören.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Pretty good. A few odd songs

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Me ha gustado mucho, conocía pocas canciones, pero el rollito está toh guapo

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Hoewel hij inmiddels gecancelled is :), vind ik Ryan Adams een goede artiest. Op dit album wel veel kabbelends, maar vooruit: een 4. Dan devalueert dan wel de 4 voor Nick Cave van gisteren een beetje. Tsja.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Al is Ryan tegenwoordig een sujet met een wat twijfelachtige reputatie, blijft het een geweldige muziekant. Heel mooie en diverse plaat.

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Ik houd van Ryan. Bijna geen slecht album gemaakt. Goeie plaat!

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

First Ryan Adams album for me. Pretty groovy/rocky for what I'd been led to believe was a folk influenced artist.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

The most generic pop/country music. But very enjoyable nontheless.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

This is a really nice album for Ryan Adams. Not sure why he isn't a bigger star. Very in the mold of singer/songwriter style of the 70s. He has lost some of his alt-country sound on this one and gone for a more straight ahead rock/pop sound. It does lack some of the soul of Heartbreaker, but still a strong set of songs...4 stars

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

This is a really enjoyable alt-country / rock album with plenty of head nodding, toe tapping tracks (Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues, Firecracker) alongside more thoughtful, lyrical numbers (Sylvia Plath, When the Stars go Blue). And whilst the man is clearly a bit of a wretch, he’s clearly very talented.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Way too long but besides that an entertaining combination out of folk, rock and roll and country

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I really love this album. It feels like a love letter to a fading world. (A world wherein a man can innocently abuse many many women perhaps?!) The last light of a dying moon perhaps. The steady movement of La Cienga Just Smiled always produces a wistful tear. I’m not too au fait with his whole back catalogue but this record has it all for me. He’s a real wrongun and by all accounts is desperately scrabbling around for his marbles of late. I do love Phoebe dearly and don’t want to give the boy more airtime than he deserves though I trust the vacuum of cabbage ears shall allow this tree to fall in utter silence.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

This is a really nice album for Ryan Adams. Not sure why he isn't a bigger star. Very in the mold of singer/songwriter style of the 70s. He has lost some of his alt-country sound on this one and gone for a more straight ahead rock/pop sound. It does lack some of the soul of Heartbreaker, but still a strong set of songs...4 stars

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Really solid album with lots of fun upbeat tracks. A lot of it sounded uncomfortably familiar though. I’m not sure how Prince never sued him for “Touch Feel & Loose” as it’s about as Purple Rain-y as you can get. That’s not a bad thing to sound like one of the sexiest songs of all time. Fave tracks: “Touch, Feel & Lose” “Gonna Make You Love Me”

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

starts poppy and slowly gets folksier and folksier. country 90s bar with some genuinely heartfelt lyrics.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

I've never listened to a complete album from Ryan Adams before. "New York, New York" was the track I liked the most from this album, and a track that I've heard before. "Gonna Make You Love Me" was another favorite. Overall, this album was easy to listen to. I like Ryan Adams enough that I'm happy to listen when his music comes on, but I haven't been at the point where I specifically seek out his music on it's own. This album was good and there's room for it to grow on me. (I listened to the extended verison of the album and "Cannonball Days" is an additional favorite).

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Nice guitar/piano arrangements.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Very enjoyable soft rock. Favorites were When the Stars Go Blue and Firecracker

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Listened to on 8/22/22 4/5 Favorite song: when the stars go blue, answering bell This album was very pop-country and upbeat which I really enjoyed. It didn’t need to be 1.5 hours but would be killer on a 00s road trip playlist

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Takes the idea of wearing your influences on your sleeve to a ridiculous level, but a great album

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Liked this album, hints of Counting Crows, Turnpike Troubadours, Rob Thomas, Black Crows. Standouts are "Firecracker" "The Rescue Blues", "Gonna Make You Love Me",

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

J'ai lu quelques reviews sur le site. Je m'attendais à quelque chose de très générique.. En plus, je vois que l'Artiste n'est pas très aimé. Cependant, je crois que l'on doit séparer L'oeuvre de l'artiste. Je ne réécouterai probablement pas l'album, car ce n'Est pas un genre qui s'écoute bien dans la vie de tout les jours dans le système de son mais en travaillant avec mes écouteurs. Ce fût une très plaisante écoute. C'est très bien fait comme album. Pour reprendre la critique de quelqu'un sur cette liste. Ce n,est pas un 5 ni un 4, mais j'ai mit des 4 a des albums moins fort que celui-ci. 4.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I'll be honest. From what I read before listening, I wasn't expecting much from this album. so please don't tell my mates I liked it.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Love this album longtime. Shame about his recent-ish shenanigans as he is/was one of the great songwriters of recent years/decades.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Je me suis surpris à apprécier ces grossières américaineries. Profitez-bien, ça n'arrive pas si souvent.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

This was a nice surprise. Never heard of the guy, but this was some easy listening rock.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

A really good collection of songs, with a lot of variety and some genuine gems. Kind of like a more poppy version of Springsteen. Could be a few songs shorter. Lots of people in the other reviews raging at him being a nasty piece of work, but honestly we need to be able to separate the man from the art. Saying 'this is a decent album' is not endorsing his behaviour. I wonder if these people are giving 1s to Bowie/The Stones/Zeppelin/Beatles/etc too?

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

A lot better than i thought it’d be

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Wed Jan 11 2023
4

I really enjoyed this one. Not sure how I’ve never listened to Ryan Adams before, given I listen to a lot of alt-country sounding stuff.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
4

Yeah… kinda rocked with this. No hate. Sucks to hear he was alleged to have committed sexual misconduct though :/

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Thu Feb 23 2023
4

I actually liked it. Simply good in every way, and consistent too. A great record.

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Fri Feb 24 2023
4

Ryan Adams maakt mooie muziek. Ballades, country nummers en rockliedjes: allemaal goed in orde

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

Ryan Adams you fucker. Dude has so much talent. The modern day Gram Parsons. But he’s eccentric and did some dumb shit and now his output has somehow flipped to bedroom cover albums.I always fucked with his Whiskeytown shit, just such swagger, depth and soul. Heartbreaker is his best solo album, then Prisoner, then Gold, but Gold is so long the Side 4 disc isn’t even on Spotify. There is so much there for Gold, that the back half when you get there it’s a holy shit moment the album is still this good. He’s the unsung troubadour of the 2000s.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

love alot of later day ryan adams but havent ever spent time with this one. busier song writing, less vibey than alot of what i like of his. but solid!

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

An enjoyable ode to NYC. Takes me back to being a 20-something, just living it up in the city

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

Excellent pop rock folk album. Starting track is a banger. Will definitely listen again.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
4

En una discografia gairebé inabarcable, aquesta continua sent la joia suprema. El segon treball d'Adams l'agafa a Los Angeles fugint de mal d'amors a Nova York. I, com diu la llegenda, les ferides propulsen la creativitat. Com a la majoria del seus treballs, continua havent molta palla, però aquí el blat és d'una qualitat excel.lent

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Fri May 05 2023
4

Another one that every time I listen to I feel like I should listen more often.

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Thu May 11 2023
4

it’s just that indie singer-songwriter thing but he’s so good at it

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Sun May 28 2023
4

Great record, mix of rock, country and singer songwriter is right up my alley. Too bad he appears to be a massive dickhead.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
4

A really good album. "When the Stars Go Blue" is probably the best song on it.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
4

I enjoyed this album quite a bit, surprisingly. I liked the sound of his voice. The music was pretty good.

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Thu Jun 15 2023
4

Fijne singer-songwriter muziek met country, rock en bluesinvloeden. Ik ben wel blij dat de platenmaatschappij er geen dubbelalbum van wilde maken itt Ryan zelf, want het is nu al meer dan een uur muziek. Dat was echt te veel geweest. Maar ondanks dat Ryan min of meer gecanceld is, is dit fijne muziek om te luisteren op een zomerse ochtend.

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Fri Jun 23 2023
4

Not bad, maybe a little too country for me. 7/10

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Mon Jul 10 2023
4

Before today, the only Ryan Adams song I knew was To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High). I had been introduced to this song by a university roommate, so as soon as I saw Ryan's name, I immediately thought of my university days! Great times. Ryan Adams is a folk rock /alternative country artist from the United States. I would say that his music is similar to Bob Dylan, or Jason Isbell. Ryan's song writing style is very cryptic, which is what reminds me so much of Bob Dylan. This album was supposed to be a double album, but the record company made it a single CD, then took the last 5 songs on the record, and put them on a bonus disc, which they included in the first 150,000 copies of the album that were sold. This allowed the record company to charge more money for the deluxe edition of the record which included the bonus disc. This pissed Ryan off because he felt like it was screwing over his fans by making them pay inflated prices for his new album. The one song from this album that I was familiar with before listening to it was When the Stars Go Blue, which was covered by Tim McGraw. I was unaware that it was a Ryan Adams song until I did a little research on this record. Apparently his song "New York, New York" gained popularity on MTV after the 9/11 attacks. Also, The Rescue Blues was featured in the end credits of Behind Enemy Lines. Overall, an excellent album today. I really enjoyed it, and will 100% listen again! Musical accompaniment was tight, and Ryan's vocal delivery was spot on. Favourite songs: Rosalie Come and Go, Sweet Black Magic, "New York, New York", When the Stars Go Blue, Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues, The Rescue Blues, Enemy Fire, The Bar is a Beautiful Place, Firecracker, Answering Bell, Gonna Make You Love Me Least favourite songs: Sylvia Plath, Wild Flowers 4/5

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

Solid Americana album, though maybe a bit long. In my memory Heartbreaker was better than this one, but I would have to listen to it again to confirm that. Presumably it will be on the list as well.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

Solid Ryan Adams album, not in the same league as Heartbreaker. I had forgotten how long it is even without "Side 4". It was always a 3-star album for me, and one can feel that there is a hidden 4*+ album of 35-40 minutes in it. But will give the extra star due to the 9-minute song Nobody Girl. Score: 7/10

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Fri Jul 14 2023
4

Some great tunes and some awesome vocal deliveries

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Sun Jul 16 2023
4

I don't think I ever actually listened to this artist before. I thought this was very good, if a little padded out at its length.

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Fri Jul 21 2023
4

Our second from Ryan Adams, only a week or two after the first. Once again, damn, the guy makes great music. Not hard to see how he made a name for himself. This album feels less like folksy rock stuff and veers into almost blues/gospel territory, at least that's my impression (granted, I'm not the best judge of genres). "Nobody Girl" reminded me of that one Dylan song, was it "Lay Lady Lay"? The big highlight for me has to be "Touch, Feel & Lose," and that's the one where the gospel/blues thing hit me the most. What a cool, heartfelt song. If the albums are all this good, I wouldn't mind more from this asshole. Favorite tracks: Touch Feel & Lose, Wild Flowers, Answering Bell, Nobody Girl, Somehow Someday, Firecracker. Album art: Just plain bad. And not in the boomer sense of "what's this guy think he's doing with the upside down flag?," but more in the boomer sense of "what is this clown wearing?" He looks like an AI-generated emo character. Hair looks awful, fit is atrocious, pose is embarassing. How can anyone walk away from a photoshoot thinking this is a winner? How different, really, was 2001? 4/5

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Sun Sep 10 2023
4

The runtime might seem a little intimidating, but this hour and 10 minutes passed surprisingly quickly. Adams is melodic and forthright.

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