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Love Is Hell Pt.1 by Ryan Adams

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Reviewed on 17th December 2003.


Love Is Hell Pt.1

By Ryan Adams

This is part of what should have been the "official" (i.e. Demolition was just a collection of demos in reality) follow up to 'Gold'. The label said it was too depressing though and sent Adams off to record something else. He delivered 'Rock n Roll' but insisted on the label releasing his initial 'Love Is Hell' sessions as well. So here is the first batch of tracks from those sessions to see daylight.

The press who criticized 'Rock n Roll', seemingly unable to accept Adams' attempts to stretch from the bluesy rockers featured on 'Gold into more mainstream rock, should be happier with the material on offer here. It is dark and slow burning but in typical Adams' style he'll drag you down with him before you suddenly find yourself elevated once more. 'This House Is Not For Sale' and the excellent title track really get things moving before a beautiful version of 'Wonderwall' interlopes amongst the proceedings. 'Shadowlands' and 'Avalanches' shimmer with Adams' trademark beauty, full of heart and his voice aching, whilst 'World War 24' is one of those songs that from the first 4 notes you know is going to be fantastic.

If on listening to Adams' previous work you're not already a fan then it's going to be 'Rock n Roll' rather than this EP that would convert you. For those yet to discover Adams at all; ever needed a friend when you're down? Here's a guy who could help.



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