Cold Roses - Ryan Adams
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  • Summary: Credited to Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, double album 'Cold Roses' is the first of three planned 2005 releases for the prolific singer-songwriter. Tom Schick produced.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 83
    There's an air of formal exercise here.... But if you can ride with the cliches, you won't fault the execution. [Jul 2005, p.102]
  2. The boy wonder is back in the saddle.
  3. It's safe to say that Cold Roses is the record many fans have been waiting to hear -- a full-fledged, unapologetic return to the country-rock that made his reputation when he led Whiskeytown.
  4. Although Cold Roses can get messy in the way of a quickly made album, it marks a notable improvement on Adams's most recent LP.
  5. For every two full blooms ("Cherry Lane," "Rosebud") there's a stem ("Mockingbird"), and a couple decent toss-offs ("Beautiful Sorta," "Dance All Night"), but such is Adams' double-album hubris.
  6. 60
    An enjoyable, if surprisingly safe, collection of roots rock. [Jul 2005, p.102]
  7. It's as if Adams is doing an imitation himself, of what he thinks "Ryan Adams" should be, or what fans at large expect: the roots rocker, the alt-country troubadour, all that clich├ęd Gram Parsons successor rubbish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 54
  2. Negative: 2 out of 54
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    Brilliant work by Mr. Adams. Regardless of whether he is vain or not, his restless soul shows throughout this record. A genre/career defining album that is an absolute catharsis. Expand
  2. Aug 6, 2011
    I think Ryan Adams has a problem with putting out a solid album. Heartbreaker was pretty damn close, but as a whole, they seem to suffer some. There are some great songs on here, but it still doesn't feel 100%. That doesn't mean it's bad, just "off". Hell, I'll give it an 8 because of "Let It Ride" alone. Expand

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