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  • Audio CD (April 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B000VZC4DK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2007 EP from the Americana/Roots artist containing seven tracks including two previously-unreleased recordings ('Follow The Light' and 'My Love Is Real') featured in the ABC-TV drama October Road plus five tracks recorded live in the studio. Lost Highway.

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This is one of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals best Albums to date.
Eric Heuer
Although Follow the lights is the only new track it is great to be able to get covers and previously unreleased tracks.
B. Bell
His reworking of his own "If I Am A Stranger" manages to make a great song even better.
jcs

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By jcs on October 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The prolific Ryan Adams (& The Cardinals) follows the late June '07 release "Easy Tiger" with a new seven-song EP, "Follow The Lights".

The new songs are very good, with "My Love For You Is Real" particularly standing out. Of the other tracks, RA & The Cardinals cover of "Down In A Hole" by Alice In Chains carries on Ryan's tradition of taking iconic songs and making them his own. His reworking of his own "If I Am A Stranger" manages to make a great song even better.

Adams' older fans who still clamor for his drunken days of punk-inspired, sloppy recordings will be sadly disappointed. Ryan's recent sobriety continues to pay big dividends in great songwriting, fantastic arrangements and outstanding musical production.

Highly recommended.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on October 24, 2007
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With his summer album "Easy Tiger" still fresh, Ryan Adams already has a new batch of songs on his hands with "Follow the Lights," an attractive new EP released to physical and digital markets this week which also officially credits his backing band the Cardinals.

A restless creative spirit, Adams composes new material faster than he can release it, making the concept of an EP one well-suited for him. This being his long overdue debut EP (unless counting his moody "Love Is Hell" album, initially released in two halves) it seems he has wizened up to the critical flack he incurred for releasing an abundance of material - 3 full albums - during 2005. However undue such criticism is if the material is consistently high quality (it was), the charts don't lie - his first album that year, "Cold Roses," debuted at number 26 on the Billboard chart, while the third, simply titled "29" and his most intriguing record thus far, fizzled out at number 144. Clearly, a change was needed in marketing terms.

What immediately makes "Follow the Lights" a credible release in its own right is how well it accentuates "Easy Tiger," which netted Adams his first top 10 LP this summer. Although that collection may have scored well commercially, for the first time an album found Adams sounding slightly too even-handed and polished, but "Follow the Lights" strikes the balance between raw musicianship and studio precision.

"My Love For You Is Real" and the title track are mellow ballads that are more mainstream-sounding than his typical output, which in this case is a good thing - this is no grocery store intercom schlock. The latter is as soul-searching as the former is romantic, and both sport lyrical bite and inviting melodies.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Flippy on February 16, 2008
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I love the music of Ryan Adams but this little CD is more or less a side dish compared to the main entrees of his other works. "Dear John" without Norah Jones and "If I am a Stranger" are highlights (I don't mind ol' Norah but it's nice to hear how the song might be without her).

For the price, well, it's a good price. If you're a fan, definitely pick it up. I did. I don't regret it but of all his CDs I have, it's the one I put on at rare times - which is not bad, comparatively speaking, I don't own Rock N'Roll and don't plan to purchase it in the near future. ("If I Am Stranger" - I think is my favourite track...I love the acoustic rendering...)

If you're new to Ryan Adams, start with Gold and work your way around, feel it out, if you prefer the alt-country (Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Lights) aspects or the folk-rock n'roller (Heartbreaker, 29, Love is Hell). This CD is not the best place to start. It's the kind of CD you want because you are a fan but if you could live without it, you would.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joey Lombardi on August 28, 2008
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I am a huge Ryan Adams fan, so lets get that out of the way.

Follow The Lights is less a Ryan Adams album and more of a Cardinals project. Previously released Ryan Adams songs such as "This is It", "If I am a Stranger", and "Dear John" have all been re-arranged to fit in with the band.

The songs are tighter, sound better, but I have to say that I kind of like the original takes just because they captured a state of mind. If this is your first experience with the tunes, I am going to guess you will prefer these versions.

Adams has a gem with the Cardinals and hopes he keeps the band personnel stable and stays with the concept of having a backing band. It suits him.
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I'll openly admit it - I'm a voracious fan of Ryan Adams and his superb song writing - not to mention The Cardinals who seem to play a blinder on everything they touch! So I legged it into my local London HMV this a.m. - 19 Nov 2007 - day of release - and bought this EP with the look of a child let loose in a candy factory. And I'm pleased to say - it's a quiet little peach. A real gem. In fact, I suspect this limited edition will garnish cult collectability almost immediately. (In the USA, it's a 7-track EP with "Follow The Lights" as the lead track, but in the UK, it's an 8-track EP with "Everybody Knows" as the lead).

"Everybody Knows" is from the "Easy Tiger" album of earlier this year and is the same as the album track - so no surprises there. It is a beautiful tune and hopefully it will get airplay. But then we get 7 bonuses, two new songs and five more 'live in the studio' versions of older songs.

"Follow The Lights" and "My Love For You Is Real" are the `new' songs. "Follow" is good, but hardly great, while "Real" is just gorgeous - brilliant - I'll be playing it to buggery for days!

"Blue Hotel" first appeared on Willie Nelson's "Songbird" CD of 2006 (he covers the Fleetwood Mac track from Rumours - hence the album title). Adams wrote it for Nelson and the album project, produced the CD and The Cardinals are the backing band on the track (see my review for further details). It's probably his best `outside' song not officially on any of his own albums. Adams also featured "Blue Hotel" to spectacular effect on the recently aired BBC 4 Sessions program - where the audience cheer was loud and heartfelt. It's fantastic at last to hear his own version - and it's graced with Jon Graboff's beautiful pedal steel guitar work throughout.
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