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III/IV

III/IV

December 14, 2010
3.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Pax-Am
  • Copyright: (c) 2010 David Ryan Adams
  • Total Length: 1:06:55
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  • ASIN: B004CLADCS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,893 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Red on Black TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2010
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Can an artist record too much music? It is certainly an accusation thrown with monotonous regularity at Ryan Adams. Equally he divides opinion between those who see him as a precocious and prolific alt country genius who has recorded such masterpieces as "Heartbreaker" and "Gold" or alternatively a bratty, gabby, irritating rock star who sacrifices quality for quantity. (I'm in the first camp but understand the latter accusation!) Since his recent "retirement" from music it has been relatively quiet on the Ryan Adams front and despite a few singles on the Pax Am label and the oddball, sci-fi metal one-off "Orion" earlier this year there has been a complete absence of new material. It is therefore a very welcome development that we have this "taking stock" release in the form of a double album with his band the Cardinals entitled III/IV which Adams describes as a "concept rock opera about the 80's, ninjas, cigarettes, sex, and pizza". Ok its not that funny but it does accurately describe the key themes not least the fact that the album is made up a selection of the 60 tracks recorded from the 2006 "Easy Tiger" session archives and shows that if nothing else that Adams records songs for breakfast, dinner and supper and repeats the process the next day. Inevitably as an album of "out-takes" this record has a number real duds (watch out for "Icebreaker" which is horrible and "My favourite song" which is nearly matches it) but the great surprise is how good the vast bulk of it is and for this punter is actually far more enjoyable fare than the rather under-produced "Cardinology" released in 2008.Read more ›
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I guess I'm in the minority here but this is one of my favorite albums he's put out with the Cardinals. Great Replacements style rock with some of his best guitar driven hooks and the tone of the guitars on this record is great.

The diversity is what is probably what is off putting to most listeners but this is an album that needs to be heard 5,6, or so times for the hooks to really sink in. Unlike Rock and Roll where the hooks were immediate and very quickly to get old this is a great guitar fueled masterpiece.

I don't know we all like different sides of the artist and personally this is one of my favorites as I really thought Cardinology, Follow The Lights, and to a lesser extent, Easy Tiger, were boring and sub-par efforts.

III/IV is a welcome return (from the vaults) and easily trumps the previous three releases a winner on all counts.
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I think that it's easy to compare this album to the previous album Rock N Roll. First off, I happen to be one of the few people that actually liked Rock N Roll. Most of the die hard Ryan Adams fans hated that album. Well, my opinion, this album is better than Rock N Roll. It has a similar sound, but the songwriting is more consistent. Ryan clearly loves the Replacements, and it shows on this album. But I think that he could write a decent set of songs in any genre.

If you want to hear 21 well written songs inspired by the Replacements, then get it. If you liked Rock N Roll, then you should love this.
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First off, I guess I should explain, I am probably not a typical Ryan Adams fan (if there is such a thing) in the fact that I got into his later period stuff first, and then backtracked to the earlier material, like Gold, Heartbreaker and ultimately, Whiskeytown. So, Rock'n'Roll and Love Is Hell remain my favorite works (Cold Roses and Faithless Street are tied for third place) by this very diverse, very prolific and unique artist. The album Rock'n'Roll seems to extremely divide his fans. They either love it, or hate it. I love it, and still think it's great. As much as I also love his alt-country material, I have long awaited a return to the punchier, harder-edged stuff of Rock `n' Roll. I have seen this tempermental and somtimes unpredictable performer live, and have been lucky to catch him in really good no-drama performances, but I didn't get to hear any thing off that album ( but I did get to hear a really cool rock version of "I See Monsters," from Love Is Hell).

So this album of out takes from the Easy Tiger sessions comes as a welcome to me. It's the closest to Rock'n'Roll I'll probably get for a while (It deserves three and a half stars, but Amazon doesn't do half stars). Is it fair to compare it to Cold Roses? Certainly not, these are out takes-- it would be more accurate to compare it to Demolition. Does it have any heart-felt-sad-bastard-"Cryin' Adams" laments like "Why Do They Leave?" from Heartbreaker? Nope. Any groovy Grateful Dead-like jams like "Easy Plateau" or "Magnolia Mountain?" Nah. There's hardly a lead guitar solo on here! Any steel-guitar-alt-country rave-ups like "A Kiss Before I Go?" Fah-git about it!
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This album is amazing. It rocks a little harder than Adams' normal stuff, but it still feels distinctly like a Ryan Adams album. Its mostly electric, with a full band on most every track. Fans of Adams softer stuff and harder stuff will both love this album.
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