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Jacksonville City Nights [Extra tracks, Import]

Ryan AdamsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC whose critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums both as a solo artist and with the Cardinals have included Heartbreaker (2000), Gold (2001), Love Is Hell (2004), Cold Roses (2005) and Easy Tiger (2007) which TIME magazine hailed as "a career breakthrough." Adams is also the CEO of his own ... Read more in Amazon's Ryan Adams Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B000AA7ECM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kiss Before I Go
2. End
3. Hard Way To Fall
4. Dear John
5. Hardest Part
6. Games
7. Silver Bullets
8. Peaceful Valley
9. September
10. My Heart Is Broken
11. Trains
12. Pa
13. Withering Heights
14. Don't Fail Me Now
15. Jeane (B-Side)
16. Always On My Mind (B-Side)
17. What Sin Replaces Love

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adams Delivers Another Quality Record October 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With his latest release "Jacksonville City Nights," the speedy follow-up to last spring's outstanding double album "Cold Roses," ever-prolific singer/songwriter Ryan Adams, backed by the Cardinals, has gone all out and crafted his first full-fledged country album. However, listeners need not prepare themselves for a drunken stupor after journeying through its 14 tracks. Sure, this is pure country, but Adams is talented enough to bend the genre just enough to still outrightly adhere to its foundations yet still satisfy his primarily alt-country/southern rock fanbase.

The disc opens with the splendid "A Kiss Before I Go," a bittersweet glimpse through a man's eyes at his present surroundings, which happens to include plenty of booze, while the singer/songwriter takes a long, hard look at his hometown of Jacksonville, SC on "The End." Chock full of thoughtful pianos, twangy guitars and slow-burning violins, both tracks were tailor-made for jukeboxes in bars out west, thus beginning the album perfectly.

Although he sings haphazardly about feelings of anxiety and being unable to cope with its effects, the raucous "Trains" is a rhythmic delight and the most easily accessible song on the collection, while lead single "The Hardest Part," waxes on the coming of age in the face of true love amidst delightfully discordant production and is a particularly excellent addition to Adams' catalogue.

Elsewhere, the wrenching ordeal of "Silver Bullets" is appropriately followed by "Peaceful Valley" a sincere yet tongue-in-cheek appeal to God to "take me home to the peaceful valley." Most wrenching of all, however, is "September," the story of a young woman who smiles before committing suicide.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Classic September 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Adams delivers a classic country masterpiece that makes that pop country nonsense that comes out of Nashville sound sillier than ever. The opening cut, "A Kiss Before I Go" immediately requires a few presses of the repeat button and off you go from there. Like a previous reviewer, I'm lukewarm on "Dear John" with Norah Jones because at first listen it doesn't seem to be totally fluid, but the more I hear it the more I think it would have fit better as the last cut on the CD. And with the exception of "Peacful Valley" which is probably a B side compared to the rest of the album, every cut is distinct and first rate. Again Ryan channels some of country's past greats while creating a path all his own. If you don't like country, then maybe this isn't for you, but if you like it at all, this is as good as country gets!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....."I can't explain what I don't know" October 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ryan Adams breaks my heart. His songs, especially his singing, touch me somewhere deep inside. I don't really know why. It's just like the lyrics in "A Kiss Before I Go," where he sings, "I can't explain what I don't know." Well, I can't explain what I don't know either. I am old enough to be his mother, I haven't hung out in bars for years, and excessive drinking is part of a very distant past. Yeah, I've had a broken heart, but not every time I paired up with someone. I'm not from the south either, so I don't really know that kind of life. Still, I feel like I know this world Ryan lives in. His lyrics make it painfully clear what it's like. This is the second cd he has put out with his band The Cardinals. Together they have crossed over to the other side. This is not alt-country, folks. This is pure country, the kind that Hank Williams and Johnny Cash made in the '50's. Brushed drums, pedal steel, upright bass, cello, piano, and violins weave in and out of the electric and acoustic guitars. The vocals are the primary focus on all the songs, especially on "Peaceful Valley," which he sings in a falsetto, straining to hit the high notes. There are a few recording flaws-there ALWAYS are a few in Mr. Adams' releases. Maybe that's why I like his cd's so much-he'd rather go with 95% of what he wanted the sound to be, than pro-tool the music until it strips all the life out of it. At any rate, I can't tell you my favorite song on this cd, because I pick a new one each time I listen to it. That, my friends, is the hallmark of a really great record. You are going to have to buy this if you want to hear it-Ryan Adams and The Cardinals are too country for rock radio, and not cookie-cutter enough for country radio. That's a shame, because this is the best country record in the last 5 years, maybe even the last ten years. Highly recommended!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars let him burn out hard and bright... January 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I used to be a critic of Adams for releasing so many cd's. Then he played my hometown of Knoxville... for 4 hours... til he got kicked off stage by the theater managers.

It was then that I understood why he sang 'everybody wants to go forever, I just want to burn out hard and bright'. He doesn't care what some jaded music critic is scribbling up about him in a dusty loft apartment somewhere, this is his life.

Yeah, this cd's not that great nor that accessible, but at least he put it out. It's a great listen. The lyrics contain some great imagery of heartache in the dirty south, much like Merle Haggard. It's twangy, rich country. The kind that makes you want to butter up some cornbread with a shot of whiskey.

The big, open-room atmosphere of the recording makes this cd perfect for putting on loop and painting to.

I just think we should all stop creating reasons to not like music. If you don't like a song, hit the Skip> button, don't rail on someone for 'releasing too many songs'. Yeah, absense makes the heart grow fonder, but should Ryan be like Tool and release a cd every 7 years? I'd be heartbroken.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this album!
Published 2 days ago by Joseph C.
5.0 out of 5 stars <5 Stars is Ludicrous
Originally I wasn't really into this album. I came into Ryan Adams at Cold Roses, his first release with The Cardinals, and I loved that record, no successive release could... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Joseph
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
how can he have so many albums out when he can't sing?
Published 3 months ago by bruno cetnarowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
One of the most satisfying and solid country albums ever made.
Published 3 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best.
This is possibly my favorite ryan adams album. there is so much soul in the vocals and the steel guitar is like a brand new pair of socks.
Published 4 months ago by morgan ghetti
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl review
This is Ryan Adams at his country-est and this is a good thing. The album has a very live feel to it and evokes the image of a smokey, honkey tonk dive bar, for the road weary and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by J F Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to alt country?
After Love is Hell, his mope sloop fest, Adams returns with this, perhaps his most straightforward country album yet. I like it, even if the style seems a little forced.
Published 10 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended.
I highly recommend this album to any Ryan Adams fan out there. I received this earlier than expected which left me to be one very happy customer!
Published 10 months ago by Liza
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams Country style.
Alt country at it's best. Ryan Adams is good and it shows here. The song Trains is a stand out song here, but all are good. Very good. As I said Alt-country at it's best.
Published 11 months ago by T. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars RYAN'S BEST
If you love country, this is Adams' best album. (Yeah, Heartbreaker is awesome, but...) If you dont love country, you probably wont get it. Read more
Published 14 months ago by GBC
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