Music UK gave it a score of six stars out of ten and said, "Adams can undoubtedly pen this classic rawk stuff with his ears closed and, as a result, the 15 tracks here lack heart.
The problem is that his writing and vocals aren't as consistently distinctive or convincing in the rock arena. It's not until the melancholy "Wish You Were Here" that Adams slows the tempo and delivers the intimacy that characterized his earlier solo work, most of which was four-star quality.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ryan Adams. HARP Magazine. Archived from the original on Retrieved Pitchfork Media. Rolling Stone Australia , January Rolling Stone. The Guardian. Retrieved December 19, Of course it's really just a difference of opinion, but this is his weakest collection of songs, whether you listen to them as an album or shuffle it in with others.
It isn't unlistenable, I just expected more. He's certainly redeemed himself since I wrote this review, back at the end of April I believe , he's released two great albums so far this year.
So I've no complaints. Get Heartbreaker. This Message Edited On This album troubles me. When I look at in comparison to Adams' other works, it doesn't even chart. But I agree with mx on some points, when I just listen to a song or two I don't find them to be lacking in quality.
But when I listen to them in the context of the album, they suck. Shuffle it is. This one's growin' on me! Album Rating: 4. I think it's one of his most consistent and it's one of my favorite stripped down rock albums by any artist. I have to disagree with the reviewing about the something: I think this album would have been worse had he slaved over it.
I think you can hear the urgency in the music and I think it fits this collection of songs perfectly. Ryan Adams Rock 'n' Roll 2. To say the least I wasn't expecting this album.
There are some curious guest turns Billie Joe Armstrong inexplicably pops up, and Melissa Auf Der Maur provides background vocals on a handful of tracks, as does Posey , but Adams is almost always at his best when he's on his own and thinks no one else is looking: the album's title track is a sweet piano ballad, his plaintive wail layered nicely over fuzzy snippets of found sound.
Lasting less than two minutes, "Rock N Roll" is check the glaring irony! You have to angle Rock N Roll up to a mirror in order to read the cover text properly, and, in a way, the inherent fallacy of a mirror image is also the very best metaphor for this record: Rock N Roll is backwards Ryan Adams, one-dimensional, vain, and entirely lifeless.
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Retrieved April 1, Retrieved April 2, LA music. Stuff and co. October 20, October 10, Retrieved June 23, Detroit Free Press.Working at a prolific rate, Adams released the classic rock-influenced Rock N Roll (), after a planned album, Love Is Hell, was rejected by his label Lost Highway. As a compromise, Love Is Hell was released as two EPs and eventually released in its full-length state in