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Ryan Adams

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track listing
  • New York New York
  • Firecracker
  • Answering Bell
  • La Cienega Just Smiled
  • The Rescue Blues
  • Somehow Someday
  • When The Stars Go Blue
  • Nobody Girl
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Enemy Fire
  • Gonna Make You
    Love Me
  • Wild Flowers
  • Harder Now
    That It's Over
  • Touch Feel And Lose
  • Tina Toledo's
    Street Walkin' Blues
  • Goodnight
    Hollywood Blvd

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    Ryan Adams

    (Please note that Ryan Adams is not to be confused with Canadian '80s rocker Bryan Adams... LOL)

    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, Hollywood Blvd."

    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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