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Torrential creativity has fast-forwarded the artistic evolution of former Whiskeytown frontman Ryan Adams from country-rock boy wonder (see Faithless Street) to despondent troubadour with a 1960s fixation (his solo debut Heartbreaker), but it may also explain why listeners often need to wade through some pedestrian material just to find a few pearls of poetic excellence. Gold is no exception to that trend, a sometimes engaging middle-of-the-road roots-pop album that's both overlong (70 minutes) and at times overindulgent. There are high spots--such as the bouncy, breezy opener "New York, New York" and the plaintive ballad "When the Stars Go Blue" (which features a vocal turn reminiscent of Morrissey)--but much of the disc gets lost in forests of indistinct guitars and plodding percussion that never nudges Adams into actually rocking. Gold is the work of a notoriously prolific songwriter who hasn't yet learned to play to his strengths, one whose execution doesn't yet match his vision. --Anders Smith Lindall


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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B00005QY5Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By J. Chasin on August 23, 2005
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Gold came out in the late summer of 2001. The opening track, "New York New York," became something of a rallying cry for me (and other New Yorkers and Americans) after 9/11, even though the song-- as one colleague described it, "Tangled Up in Blue" played fast-- is about a girl, not a city. (Adams sometimes writes about a girl by using the name of a city he associates with her; see also, "Dear Chicago.") But the very fact that this tune evoked the familiar Dylan song is precisely what makes this work so compelling and timeless.

OK, so given the timing, that tune sucked me into the record, in a very visceral way. But the whole thing had masterpiece written all over it from the very first spin at my home in September of 2001. As my wife so aptly said, "It has that sweet familliar ring of every album you ever loved as a kid." Which, if you are our age, means it feels like Van Morrison, Neil Young, Dylan, Exile-era Stones, like that. It hits you in that "Into the Mystic," "Brown Sugar," "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" place. Do you like that place? Yeah, me too.

Adams is so prolific an artist that he is generally an album or two ahead of his fans; by February of 2001 he was playing these rockers to rooms full of alt.country romantics who wanted to moon with him over the Heartbreaker songs. But now, four years on, "New York New York," "Answering Bell," "Stars Go Blue," and "Rescue Blues" sound like songs you've known all your life, and are warmly greeted in concert as the masterworks they are.

Adams is a polarizing figure; people tend to have strong opinions toward him, either way. I obviously lean toward the "love everything he touches" camp.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
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"Gold" is a masterpiece. Usually when I buy cd's it is for two or three songs that I've heard on the radio that I enjoyed. Sometimes there are a couple more surprises that I discover later, but for the most part the rest of the songs seem like filler. "Gold" is like a "best of" compilation that I would have created for myself of all my favorite Ryan Adams songs. Every song on the disk is great. "New York, New York" of course is a mainstream hit. "Answering Bell" has a great country-rock sound. My favorites though are the ballads "Goodnight Hollywood Boullevard", "Wild Flowers", and "The Bar is a Beautiful Place" (bonus track on 2nd disk). They are among the best songs I've ever heard. "When the Stars Go Blue" is also really popular right now with the Corrs and Bono having recently done a cover of it. This is a must have for anyone who likes music with an emphasis on accoustic guitar and deep lyrics. I went out and purchased "Heartbreaker", "Demolition", and the Whiskeytown album "Faithless Street", all of which are very good too. "Gold" is the way to go for anyone trying Ryan Adams for the first time. You will not be disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Caren on November 21, 2001
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Very rarely do I buy a CD after hearing just one song off the album. I usually have a 3 song rule; if I hear 3 songs & like all of them, then I'll buy it. Late one night I couldn't sleep so I was watching MTV & they showed his video for "New York, New York" and I loved the song. A couple days later I bought the album, but was concerned that I'd hate everything else. I couldn't have been more wrong. It is absolutely amazing. His voice, lyrics & musicality are just supurb. It's few and far between that I'll buy an album and listen to it non-stop, and this is one of them. If he doesn't become a household name soon, then a lot of people will be missing out on talent that comes along so infrequently. With all the bubblegum crap that's out there he's a much needed breath of fresh air.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Smith on January 9, 2008
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I've waited a few years before saying this, but am now pretty sure that this album is my all time favourite from any artist. When I first heard this cd I could hardly believe how brilliant it was...I just kept on playing it...and I've never gotten sick of it. Although this cd should come with a warning for people new to Ryan Adams music: IF YOU BUY THIS, YOU'll END UP BUYING EVERYTHING HE'S EVER RECORDED, INCLUDING WITH WHISKEYTOWN. That's alot of cd's! But well worth it...2005 was an expensive year to be a Ryan Adam fan (with three releases). I feel "privileged" to be the owner of no. 995 of 1,000 of the colored vinyl Gold promo record - even if it cost me nearly $400.00 on eBay (haha, see what I mean). One day Ryan will top this album, some say Heartbreaker is his best so far (his first solo album). I prefer Gold just a bit more - but I'm just waiting for a better album (or equal) to this from Ryan. I'm sure he can do it - he almost achieved it with Easy Tiger. In the meantime though, thank you Winona Ryder!!! Without you, this album may never have existed - wow, I wonder how she must feel being the muse to this incredible masterwork. I wouldn't claim that Ryan (David) Adams is a genius...but I know that he's a musical genius, the proof is in listening to this.
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