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Cold Roses
Ryan Adams & Cardinals
Cold Roses
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Cold Roses is the first of three Ryan Adams releases this year on Lost Highway Records. September to hit this summer and 29 to hit this fall. The new release, a double CD, features Ryan's new band The Cardinals and was p...  more »

     
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All Artists: Ryan Adams & Cardinals
Title: Cold Roses
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lost Highway
Release Date: 5/3/2005
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
Other Editions: Cold Roses
UPC: 602498805022

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Cold Roses is the first of three Ryan Adams releases this year on Lost Highway Records. September to hit this summer and 29 to hit this fall. The new release, a double CD, features Ryan's new band The Cardinals and was produced by Tom Schick. Ryan & The Cardinals recorded Cold Roses in two different sessions at Loho Studios. Ryan will be touring in the Spring, Summer and Fall. "Let It Ride" is the first single going to AAA in early April.

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I am pleased....and pleasantly so.
C. Goodwin | 05/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, to get something off my chest just because it's tarnishing my enjoyment of this CD:

Most Ryan Adams reviews can be divided into two camps: those who deride him as an egomaniacal poseur and those who herald him as a genius. We toss about "our generation's Dylan" for any twenty-something singer/songwriter (e.g. Conor Oberst), until they gain too much success; then we label them a sell out and complain that they mimic all the great bands we once compared them to. It's become as trendy to hate Ryan Adams as it is to like him. So, enough with ragging on him because he acts like a rock star and please, for the love of god, stop comparing him to Dylan. He's fantastic, but there will never be another Dylan and you only set yourself up for derision when you make that comparison.

Critiques of his music often center on one of three points: 1) he's "copying" off of other (presumably better) musicians; 2) there are many other more "innovative" artists out there (followed by a list of said artists); and 3) his lyrics are trite/full of cliches.

My response to those critics is:

1) since when did emulating the sound of other artists (particularly those that we like) become some sort of sin? I appreciate the fact that Ryan Adams' albums have a touch of the "Byrds and Tom Petty" (to quote another review for this album). According to these critics, music is supposed to be life-changing and, when it happens to influence another musician, they are supposed to forget the influence music has had on them. I don't get it.

2) "Innovation" is highly overrated (e.g. the Fiery Furnaces). I didn't anticipate the release of Cold Roses wondering what magic Adams was going to create using only a Fisher Price xylophone and a hubcap. And seriously, how much innovation can we really have? We're reaching a critical moment wherein everything's been said and every note has been matched up with every other note and the only way to be "innovative" will be to be nonsensical and out of tune (e.g. the Fiery Furnaces). (That being said, I do like Rilo Kiley and the Decemberists, although I would argue that there's a distinction to be made between "original" and "innovative", or at least in the way they are bandied about by music critics.)

3) I don't look to lyrics for some sort of life-affirmation or lesson. It's nice if it happens, but it's not something I demand of a CD. Occasionally, something happens in my life and I happen to listen to a particular song and the song clicks with me. Sometimes it just makes good driving music. If every song was filled with huge, heavy lyrics, all I would do is sit in my car and cry. As appealing as that sounds, I have things to do and places to go. And I will be listening to Cold Roses as I go about my merry way.

Sorry for the rant, but now on to the review:

After Rock N Roll (which I hated), I was concerned that he'd fallen over his own ego. Whether or not he's the monster people make him out to be, the new album is great. The Cardinals are a fantastic band, as spectacular on the album as they are live. I would agree with the reviewer who said the album's a mix of Pneumonia and Heartbreaker. If you liked either of those albums, you'll probably like this one. I haven't listened to it enough to say it's my favorite, but it is full of great tunes. If I was forced to put three songs on repeat for the rest of the day, I'd pick "When Will You Come Back Home", "Easy Plateau" and "Dance All Night." I've omitted "Let It Ride" only because I've already listened to it 1,000 times in the last few weeks.

Listen to it. If you like it, buy it. If not, buy something else. There's hardly any excuse these days to accidentally buy something that you think sucks."
Adams hits bullseye with newest album
face02 | Schaumburg, IL United States | 05/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a difficult review to write, because I still haven't been able to wrap up all my thoughts about this amazing effort. I will do my best to sum up exactly what makes this album the best work of his career.
If Ryan Adams has been knocked for something most often on his albums, it is that he seems to keep changing his sound. Personally, I'm not sure how it can be negative to continually grow and not dwell in one particular niche - but I'm not paid to write reviews. On this album, Adams hits to all fields - and sends out more than enough to keep all his fans happy.
There are those who want him to do an album more like Whiskeytown - for them he has written Sweet Illusions, When Will You Come Back Home, Dance All Night, Cherry Lane, and the first single Let It Ride. There are fans that want him to go back to the intimate acoustic sound of Heartbreaker - for them he has written Meadowlake Street, Now That You're Gone, How Do You Keep Love Alive, and Rosebud. There are fans that wanted something more like the almost British sounding Love Is Hell from last year - for them he has written Life Is Beautiful and Friends. Some fans want the vintage sound that Gold had to it - for them he has written Beautiful Sorta. Somehow, he has also found room to grow and put out great songs like Magnolia Mountain, Mockingbird, Easy Plateau, and Cold Roses - all of which sound like nothing Adams has done before.
Somehow, all these different Adams sounds come together perfectly into something that should not be dismissed as a prolific artist putting out too much. It is absolutely jaw-dropping to hear so much quantity and quality at the same time. Being his first double-album, one might expect some filler material. There is simply none to be found here. While there may be a song or two that you may not care for (Blossom comes to mind for me), odds are you'll find several other fans that have that track pegged as their favorite. To me, that is the reason I would consider this Ryan Adams' strongest album to date."