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Ryan Adams records more albums than he can release. With that said, he released three albums in 2005: the double-LP Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights and 29. Considering the density of Adams’ work — he’s not exactly a jovial pop type — it was a bit like being handed three pieces of ultra-rich cheesecake all at once. In retrospect, with time to digest the material, 29 is another prize-winning effort from a young man who loves so much rock music that he wants to do it all. The title track plays like a haunted piece of Creedence Clearwater Revival swamp rock, and its foreboding sense sets the tone for the rest of the album.  “Strawberry Wine” is a back porch ballad where the liquor has flowed freely. “Night Birds” lingers with a gentle sway. “Carolina Rain” is a brilliant exposition of Adams’ country home and the roots he once denied as a young punk. “Starlite Diner” settles around the piano for a deep confessional. “The Sadness” evokes the lonely ache of Roy Orbison.

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We can all stand to eat a little humble pie

29 is Adam’s third album of 2005. Think about that…that’s more than many artists produce in a career. I have been guilty of questioning the quality of these recordings in these very pages and must confess that I quite like this record. Lately, Jacksonville City Nights and Cold Roses have been creeping back onto my iPod’s playlists. 29 has an edge that feels like the end of a long eventful night that is slowly breaking to dawn. There is sadness to many songs or perhaps it’s a soberness that comes from the gain of hard-won wisdom. Adams back-up band “The Cardinals” are missing as he flies solo and reunites with his Gold and Heartbreaker producer/musician/friend Ethan Johns. The variety on 29 is interesting from the Mexican feel of “The Sadness” to the 50’s rock and roll of “29”, the jazz piano of “Night Birds” and the country brush work of “Carolina Rain”. I stand corrected.


Without a doubt, in my opinnion, this is his best album to date. I love how it's so relaxing and soothing, and so beautiful. I usually always either put this album on, or an album by J Tillman on, when I want to just lie down in my room, or even when I am going to sleep, because it's beautiful music to listen to, and to fall asleep to.

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