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Reviewed on 29th November 2003.


Rock n Roll

By Ryan Adams

Apparently the result of a tantrum after his record label told him that his initial efforts were too depressing we have former mopey alt.country boy turned 80's rock god. Seemingly he's loving it too. Packed with spiky tunes that are shamelessly hedonistic this is a feel-good album that will set you up nicely for a night out on the tiles. There are shades of Oasis (or Oasis aping T-Rex at least) in the dirty rock openers. The joyous 'Boys' almost steals the show, closely contesting 'Do Miss America' (featuring Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong and actress - and Adams' current partner - Parker Posey on backing vocals) and 'Wish You Were Here', where Adams, lyrically at least, returns to his former self, "It's totally fucked, I'm totally fucked, wish you were here". However, the triumphant foot-stomper 'So Alive' sees Adams give his best vocal delivery to date and lodges a firm stake as one of the best songs to be released this year. It's the kind of song that you not only hear but feel and makes up for the parts of the album that don't quite match the quality we get 85% of the time from Adams. This may just win over a few people put of by the alt.country tag bandied about with his music, for here Ryan Adams displays he truly is rock n roll.



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On 6th May 2004 at 18:29 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

So alive is an awesome song


On 6th May 2004 at 20:18 Anonymous 13 wrote...

did you post that for a bet?


On 6th May 2004 at 20:25 Anonymous 1944 wrote...

It's the only song i've heard from Rock & Roll which i've been told is crap. Love is hell 1 & 2 are truly amazing.


On 6th May 2004 at 23:23 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Rock and Roll is fucking ace. Uncut got in a beef cos his voice was different and it wasn't all downbeat. Yes he has an amazing voice, yes he writes some ace songs but some of the stuff on Rock n Roll easily stands up with his other work. So Alive is awesome, She's Lost Total Control, This Is It...the whole album is great. Get Rock n Roll, I listen to it more than Love is Hell which I fucking love.


On 6th June 2004 at 11:48 Anonymous 2671 wrote...

Demolition and Heartbreaker are also amazing


On 6th June 2004 at 12:02 Anonymous 2671 wrote...

Not fogetting love is hell 1 & 2. The individual cds are better then the love is hell album as you get all the bonus tracks such as F**k the universe which rocks


On 6th June 2004 at 12:28 Anonymous 251 wrote...

Fuck the Universe is class. Rock n Roll is a great album cos it captures how he is as a live performer I think.


On 6th June 2004 at 12:44 Anonymous 2671 wrote...

What? That he gets drunk, falls off a stage and breaks his arm. I downloaded the shadowlands from the gig where he fell over. you get to here the exact moment he falls over and crys like baby. rock and roll



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