Cardinology - Ryan Adams
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  • Summary: Ryan Adams returns with his band The Cardinals to release its latest album produced by Tom Schick.
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  1. Ryan Adams and his backing band The Cardinals have got their sound down to a science, all right: Cardinology, as embodied by their fourth album in as many years, is a precisely calibrated method of creating cool, reflective pools of vocal harmonies and pedal steel, accented from time to time by fiery electric-guitar licks.
  2. A thin line between revelation and revivalism, Adams and the Cardinals make an album worthy of high praises.
  3. Cardinology is a classic-rock record to the bone, nodding to influences that Adams has conjured before but never so well.
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    Cardinology lays even deeper into the language of rehabilitation, grace and renewal.
  5. If this album is a misstep, it’s a minor one with more than a few ?moments of redemption--the latest missive from a talented group of musicians likely to find their way back to the path before long.
  6. Much in between sounds like Adams on autopilot. Godd, but never great. [Dec 2008, p.122]
  7. Following those pleasantly modest, Paste-worthy beginnings, however, Adams draws the blinds entirely and Cardinology starts sliding into self-indulgent banality of a sort so pinched and uninviting it makes Conor Oberst seem like Will Rogers.

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