Sunday, May 22, 2005

RYAN ADAMS & THE CARDINALS "Cold Roses" on Lost Highway

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Ryan Adams new CD "Cold Roses" with his band the Cardinals is reviewed in the Washington Post by Geoffrey Himes and Neil Young's influence prevails again:
"Since he broke up the acclaimed North Carolina alt-country band Whiskeytown in 2000, Ryan Adams has released six solo albums, all of which were interesting and none of which lived up to the great things predicted for the handsome, talented singer. Now he has returned to the comradeship of a working band, forming Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, and giving his four bandmates co-writing credits for the 18 songs on the new two-CD set, "Cold Roses." The results suggest what Whiskeytown might have sounded like if its brand of alt-country had absorbed the influences of Neil Young and the Grateful Dead and had replaced its fiddle with steel guitar."

And Neil Young's influence again in Shannon Zimmerman's review:
"The set's best bet, though, is its opener. "Magnolia Mountain" could be the sequel to Neil Young's melancholy coming-of-age classic "Sugar Mountain" -- albeit one sung from the point of view of a world-weary adult. "We burned the cotton fields down in the valley and ended up with nothing but scars," Adams sings as his band throbs in the background. "The scars became the lessons that we gave to our children after the war."

In another review over on Jukebox Graduate by Caryn, whi is a huge Ryan Adams fan:
"After the perversion of Love Is Hell (where are those New Orleans sessions, damn you), chopping it up into bits and then releasing the whole shebang six months later (forcing us to buy the damn thing two or three times, especially if you wanted that beautiful 10" vinyl edition), Lost Highway is going to let Ryan release what he wants, how he wants it. Finally! We will be able to feast upon Ryan Adams' True Creative Genius.

What we got, instead, is an unfocused, meandering double album that seems just the tiniest bit self-indulgent. It would be easier for me, I think, if I could just say "I fucking hate this record, it's the worst thing he's ever done, it SUCKS!" But I can't. Cold Roses doesn't even piss me off; it's just -- blah. Which is, I think, probably the worst crime an artist can commit. Not bad, not mediocre, not disgusting, but to be so bland as to not cause any reaction of note, any emotion, nothing. Probably the biggest crime an artist can ever commit is to be boring."


3 Comments:

At 5/28/2005 06:23:00 PM, Anonymous Christopher Brooks said...

I've just listened to "Cold Roses" -- this particular record I think is more influenced by the Grateful Dead. "Magnolia Mountain" uses some of chord changes from "Sugar Magnolia," I think...although the lyrics do include an "Until the Morning Comes" line.

I like Ryan Adams (and saw him at the Bridge Festival a couple of years ago, so Neil must like him too). But so far this record hasn't impressed me nearly as much as "Rock 'n Roll," which blew me away. But both "Let It Ride" and the title song are terrific.

 
At 6/14/2005 09:39:00 AM, Blogger carolina said...

RYAN ADAMS:
A Monday evening in New Orleans would ordinarily seem like the perfect opportunity to see a musician. Smaller crowds and some how less attitude seem eminent with a Monday show: the exception: RYAN ADAMS house of blues. I was a buoy in an ocean of drunk losers.

WOW: what a self righteous narcissistic pouty little boy I paid almost 34 bucks to see. After whining about the crowd and fussing about noise Sweet little ryan darted off stage in a full pout. Bless his heart (as we say down south) his histrionic behavior was entertaining in itself. Fussing at the crowd through greasy chunks of hair, rolling his eyes and bitching were mostly what I paid for. I have seen less entertaining antics on reality television. Maybe what Adams truly needs is to be on a real tour, playing real music, playing in front of real crowds that give a damn. After the first 10 minutes in the back row at the House of Blues New Orleans it became evident that people were there because there was nothing else to do on Monday night.
What at first seemed promising to be entertaining most definitely resulted in irritating bellowing grateful dead covers. Maybe I should have twisted one up, taken off my shoes , gone a week with out bathing and listened to “IN THE DARK” at home. I most certainly would have heard more music.
Listening to Ryan play was a bit like hearing a 13 year old girl whine about her period.

The most educated response to this show was basically that it sucked. Being a fellow dramadict I would have to say that He reminds me of a friend I haven’t seen since second grade.
Fussy and self serving, Adams needs to grow up and get a hair cut. SHHHHHH.
Big boys don’t cry.

 
At 4/05/2009 01:07:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every time I hear Ryan Adams do "Evergreen" on XM, I immediately think of Neil Young. Had to Google Adams and Young and see what's up.

 

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