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La Cienega Just Smiled
The Rescue Blues
When The Stars Go Blue
Gonna Make You
That It's Over
Touch Feel And Lose
Street Walkin' Blues
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Ryan Adams was a breath of fresh air in 2001, as his Gold album takes
us back to the California Rock of the 1970s, and today's Americana Music. After
hearing the biggest hit from this release, "New York New York," I was
eager to pick up this album, and after listening to the entire album, it is
truly a fantastic album for any Americana fan.
There are many easy comparisons to great artists, and we're sure that
each were an inspiration to Ryan Adams. Bob Dylan comes to mind on songs
such as "Firecracker," very Dylan-ish, yet with an updated sound.
Also, the mellow, laid back "La Cienga Just Smiled" is compared to
Dylan. If you're a fan of The Black Crowes, the mellow laid back "The
Rescue Blues" comes to mind, likewise the very bluesy "Tina Toledo's
Street Walkin' Blues."
The Band could be the inpiration for "Answering Bell," a song that
resembles one of the Band's biggest hits, "The Weight." A combination
of Dylan, The Black Crowes and The Band is heard on "Nobody Girl."
Neil Young fans will enjoy the songs "Somehow Someday" and the
Harvest-sounding "Harder Now That Its Over." "When The Stars
Go Blue" is a great song, as I first discovered it on The Corrs' Live
In Dublin album, as Bono of U2 helped out on vocals. Adams' version is just
as superior as The Corrs & Bono.
Looking back on Bruce Springsteen's debut album comes to mind on "Sylvia
Plath," yet Adams' vocals are more polished than Springsteen's. Ryan
Adams develops his own sound and feel on songs such as "Gonna Make You
Love Me" and "Wild Flowers." Likewise, soulfulness is heard on
"Touch, Feel And Lose." "Enemy Fire" has a more Alternative
Rock sound. Ending the album is a great piano and vocal ballad, "Goodnight,
This album is surely to be enjoyed over and over. Ryan Adams brings back
Americana music as it should be. Where most albums may not exactly turn heads
right away, Gold surely earns its album title.
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