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If Ryan Adams is rock’s most prolific current artist, with three releases planned for 2005, it’s also true that his work sometimes bears the mark of simple exercises — the kind of music he churns out because he can. Cold Roses, the first of the ’05 album trio and the debut of Adams’ new band the Cardinals, is a handsomely wrought roots-rock set that would seem to deserve a place in that category. Even when he’s partly showing off, however, Adams can’t help revealing pieces of himself. He pokes through the ashes of romance (“a dream that’s not worth havin’,” he sings of one affair, while admitting in another song to leaving the women “who try to love me”). The music also sometimes pulls surprises (the atmospherics of “Rosebud”) and at times works up a real head of steam, as on “Let It Ride.”

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Can they not get one thing correct? There had been a couple of records between Heartbreaker and this, one of them was called 'Gold' a ridiculously successful album and the other 'Demolition' a fans favourite. Please please please put some time and effort into writing a review of an artist who has dedicated so much music to an empty genre. If you're a fan of Ryan Adams then you'll love 'Cold Roses' and if you're a fan of general country rock/rock then you'll enjoy the artist, just don't trust itunes' review! (yes the review name is meant to be ironic)

Adams' Masterpiece

There's a lot said about Ryan Adams' "quality control", yet it would be difficult to pin point a bad release since his debut solo album 'Heartbreaker'. Cold Roses was the first of a trio of albums in 2005 (and the first of the two backed by The Cardinals). If this was Ryan's only release that year I'm sure it would have been widely regarded as a classic by many of his critics. The closest to whiskeytown-era Adams - a solid album and arguably his masterpiece.

The Cardinals at their peak

Double albums are a difficult thing to pull off, but DRA and the Cardinals deliver with aplomb here. Alt Country at its best in places with tracks like 'Magnolia Mountain' and 'Let It Ride' and then good time rock tracks such as 'Beautiful Sorta'. 'Cold Roses' and the bonus track 'Tonight'. One of the perfect driving albums, but also my favourite vinyl to wack on to groove to. A must have!!


Genre: Rock

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams is at once one of the few artists to emerge from the alt-country scene to achieve mainstream commercial success and the one who most strongly refused to be defined by the genre, leaping from one spot to another stylistically while following his increasingly prolific muse. Adams was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1974. While country music was a major part of his family's musical diet...
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