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Rock N Roll

Ryan AdamsAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 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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  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3D1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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B+ Review!...punk like the Replacements in attitude and energy….Guitars mixed way up. Vocals screamed. But hooks are everywhere." -- Spin, December 2003

Five Star Review! Ryan Adams has thrown off the trappings of underachievement and grabbed for the crown. -- Blender, November 2003

Four Star Review! Rock-N-Roll is exactly what he says it is. Dance with confidence. -- Rolling Stone, November 13, 2003

features his best singing and guitar work ever; it’s the album he-and-we always knew he could make’ -- Vanity Fair, November 2003

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love Ryan Adams. Sometimes. I love Heartbreaker. I love much of Gold. I utterly love "Love is Hell", and refuse to listen to it except as a complete album. I was resistant to getting this album, however, because of the negative press that it seemed to be garnering.

Well, the press can be pretty stupid sometimes.

This is not a difficult listen. This is not a symphony, an opera, a John Cage composition. This is exactly what it was labelled to be: Rock and Roll. Ryan has put together a collection of rollicking, hard rocking, fun music. Much has been made of the tips of the hat that he makes to other bands. Good for him. Music builds on itself, and right now people, many folks don't even understand that they are standing on the shoulders of the proverbial giants. Ryan does. He name checks, riff checks, voice checks all the music he loves--check out "So Alive" for his brilliant love letter to Morrissey. People who are unable to give in to the joy, the abandon, the wild passion for real rock and roll that suffuses this album like the joy of breaking out of school on a snow day, a beach day, heck, any day...well, that is a shame. Don't come to this album to heal your hurts. Don't come to this album to find the next great advance a-la radiohead. Come for a good time, and you will get it in spades. Bravo, Mr. Adams, keep em coming. Just as fast as you can put them out, we'll listen to them. Granted, we may make some of them into mix tapes...but hey, keep 'em comin.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Able Ape July 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
At this point, Ryan Adams must be wondering what it's going to take to establish himself as a mainstream artist. He's dated several movie stars (Winona Ryder and Parker Posey), written a song inextricably linked with a major event in our nation's history ("New York, New York"), and released an album of relentlessly accessible rock songs (Rock N Roll). Still, Adams remains relatively ignored except by music critics and his cult of devoted followers. Since I have no intention of scrutinizing his dalliances with waifish actresses or offering social commentary on post-9/11 America, I'll focus on the third topic - Adams' recent rock album, Rock N Roll.
For an album that contains myriad potential radio hits, Rock N Roll sold rather poorly. Familiar, catchy hooks from the 1970s and 80s lurk within almost every song and perhaps therein lies the problem. By so ably aping his predecessors, Adams fails to establish his own voice as a rock musician. At times, Rock N Roll practically becomes Adams singing karaoke. "So Alive" is a great lost U2 song and Adams does a fine job singing it. Nevertheless, it's a guaranteed number one single with Bono hitting those high notes instead of Adams. "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" is straight out of the Smiths' songbook, but Adams is less suited to providing vocals here - the song practically begs for Adams to concentrate on his guitar-playing and let Morrissey take over on lead vocals. "Shallow" is a not unpleasant hybrid of T Rex's "Bang a Gong" and the Hollies' "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress", but doesn't exactly scream originality. Most of the songs are good, but few can be considered great. Not surprisingly, the great ones are the songs that don't obviously recall another artist - "Luminol", "Note to Self: Don't Die", "Wish You Were Here".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Ryan Adams CD, but damn good stuff. January 6, 2004
Format:Audio CD
After hearing all the hoopla surrounding this album and it's conception, I had mixed emotions when I popped this one into my CD player. I figured because Love is hell was essentially shelved for not being "accessable" in the record company's view, that this CD would be largely a rushed attempt to satisfy the drooling record execs. This may be the case, but to my surprise, it's a very good CD. The alt-country is all but gone, replaced by upbeat rock songs. But, this is not a bad thing, because the integrity in the music remains, and the songwriting is brilliant, as always. This album actually contains some of Ryan's best songs, and it definetly has a 80's modern rock feel to it. As a long fan of Morrissey, The Church, The Cult, etc, etc, I find it highly entertaining. Definetly one of the best of the year.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like Rock N Roll, then don't buy Rock N Roll November 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It seems that 90% of the people who dislike this album and consider it a profound disappointment are alt-country fundamentalists who were religiously pining for Ryan Adams to deliver another "Heartbreaker" for their personal enjoyment and consider this an act of personal betrayal.
Well, I hate to be blunt, but those people are pathetic. I love Heartbreaker as much as anyone. It's the best thing Adams has done. But the narrow-minded musical myopia displayed by the hardcore element of the fanbase is the reason that people like Ryan Adams and Rhett Miller felt the need to bust out of the alt-country ghetto in the first place. They found it stifling.
The title to this record says it all: Rock N Roll. People who complain that Adams should have slapped some sort of anti-purist warning label on this product seem to be ignoring the fact that he did just that. This is a very simple, straight-forward pop-rock record where Adams pays homage to some of his musical heroes, experiments with different singing styles, and generally liberates himself from silly expectations. There are shades of the Replacements and Smiths, U2, Tom Petty, and even contemporaries like the Strokes.
In the end, what shines through is that Adams is an extraordinarily versatile singer and songwriter who can excel in a number of styles. No, he is not redefining music as we know it. Many of the songs, like the songs on the inferior Gold, seem unpolished and quickly written, because in fact they were. This whole record was apparently recorded in two weeks.
But Adams seems to be having fun. Sadly for some of his less imaginative fans, who want him to keep making the same record over and over, that will be no fun at all...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid
Recorded after his label rejected Love is Hell - this feels almost like a cast off, with only "Wish You Were Here" and "Luminol" jumping out. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite CD
This is hands down one of my all time favorite Ryan Adams CD's. This arrived to me on time and in perfect condition.
Published 9 months ago by Liza
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody's Cool Playing Rock N Roll
While I appreciate the talent that Ryan Adams possesses I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of his. He makes some great music but most of it has never compelled me to seek out his... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
4.0 out of 5 stars kick butt rock n roll
I don't know Ryan Adams' work that well. I picked up Gold and this. The guy is a musical chameleon, which is not a bad thing. And he is mega-talented. Read more
Published on March 25, 2009 by Wayne A. Cristaudo
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition
I must confess that I am an unapologetic Ryan Adams fan. While not in my top 3 Ryan Adams/Cardinals favorite CDs, it is certainly a welcome addition to any fans collection.
Published on December 29, 2008 by S. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock N Roll
Ryan Adams-Rock N Roll ****

Far from his most prolific release both lyrically and musically though it is by far Adams' most adventurous effort to date. Read more
Published on October 2, 2008 by Morton
2.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
I love Ryan Adams. I have all of his music. I just got this to basically complete my collection, but this SUCKS. This is not good at all. Don't waste your time here. Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Cory Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorites in the 00's
As has been pointed out in previous reviews, this record has so many direct lifts from other rock songs (my favorite is the tremolo-heavy King Missile riff from "Detachable Penis"... Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by Michael Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars You've lost total control
Ryan Adams was famously drunk for about a decade of his life (he named his band Whiskeytown, after all), so it's easy to imagine the worst of his wild ways occurring right in the... Read more
Published on November 20, 2007 by E. Kutinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollicking rock n roll romp
Ryan Adams records have traditionally kept his sound in the alt-country box that the prolific artist has mastered producing nine records by the age of 32. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Wade Tomlin
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