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Jacksonville City Nights
Ryan Adams
Jacksonville City Nights
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #1

International version features one bonus track, a beautiful version of Elvis Presley's 'Always on My Mind' that features a string section conducted by Bergen White. Ryan & the Cardinals return again in 2005 with anothe...  more »


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All Artists: Ryan Adams
Title: Jacksonville City Nights
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Lost Highway
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 9/27/2005
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Jacksonville City Nights, Jacksonville City Nights
UPCs: 602498806548, 0602498806548, 0602498849071


Album Description
International version features one bonus track, a beautiful version of Elvis Presley's 'Always on My Mind' that features a string section conducted by Bergen White. Ryan & the Cardinals return again in 2005 with another studio album, 'Jacksonville City Nights'. 15 tracks in total including 'Kiss Before I Go', 'Hard Way To Fall' and 'Dear John'. Lost Highway. 2005.

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Great album for those who love old time honky tonk country music. I wish he would make another pure country album. I love every track except for the Norah Jones duet. I play this CD so much it is getting worn out.

CD Reviews

Country Classic
R. Sousa | Tewksbury, MA USA | 09/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Adams delivers a classic country masterpiece that makes that pop country nonsense that comes out of Nashville sound sillier than ever. The opening cut, "A Kiss Before I Go" immediately requires a few presses of the repeat button and off you go from there. Like a previous reviewer, I'm lukewarm on "Dear John" with Norah Jones because at first listen it doesn't seem to be totally fluid, but the more I hear it the more I think it would have fit better as the last cut on the CD. And with the exception of "Peacful Valley" which is probably a B side compared to the rest of the album, every cut is distinct and first rate. Again Ryan channels some of country's past greats while creating a path all his own. If you don't like country, then maybe this isn't for you, but if you like it at all, this is as good as country gets!"
Adams Delivers Another Quality Record
Rudy Palma | NJ | 10/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With his latest release "Jacksonville City Nights," the speedy follow-up to last spring's outstanding double album "Cold Roses," ever-prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, backed by the Cardinals, has gone all out and crafted his first full-fledged country album. However, listeners need not prepare themselves for a drunken stupor after journeying through its 14 tracks. Sure, this is pure country, but Adams is talented enough to bend the genre just enough to still outrightly adhere to its foundations yet still satisfy his primarily alt-country/southern rock fanbase.

The disc opens with the splendid "A Kiss Before I Go," a bittersweet glimpse through a man's eyes at his present surroundings, which happens to include plenty of booze, while the singer/songwriter takes a long, hard look at his hometown of Jacksonville, SC on "The End." Chock full of thoughtful pianos, twangy guitars and slow-burning violins, both tracks were tailor-made for jukeboxes in bars out west, thus beginning the album perfectly.

Although he sings haphazardly about feelings of anxiety and being unable to cope with its effects, the raucous "Trains" is a rhythmic delight and the most easily accessible song on the collection, while lead single "The Hardest Part," waxes on the coming of age in the face of true love amidst delightfully discordant production and is a particularly excellent addition to Adams' catalogue.

Elsewhere, the wrenching ordeal of "Silver Bullets" is appropriately followed by "Peaceful Valley" a sincere yet tongue-in-cheek appeal to God to "take me home to the peaceful valley." Most wrenching of all, however, is "September," the story of a young woman who smiles before committing suicide. "My Heart Is Broken," a bittersweetly performed ode to an ended romance, could easily echo the viewpoint of her boyfriend, regretfully mourning his contribution to her demise.

Other standouts include "Dear John," a profoundly sad collaboration with Norah Jones, the intense "Don't Fail Me Now" and "Hard Way to Fall," which reveals that Adams truly has a knack for writing sentimental tunes that don't leave sap on your fingers.

"How she flips from the back to the front/Reading magazines/Oh my God, I miss those things/And it's a hard way to fall/And this ain't the easy way down/And it's a hard thing to love anyone, anyhow."

Overall, "Jacksonville City Nights" is an excellent addition to Adams' catalogue that proves yet again his uncanny talent to spring from genre to genre in his career with great ease and still create an abundance of top-notch quality music that has the power to enlighten as well as entertain. His next record is penciled in for a December release."