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
    10
    Brilliant work by Mr. Adams. Regardless of whether he is vain or not, his restless soul shows throughout this record. A genre/career definingBrilliant 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. LucaB
    May 12, 2005
    10
    Excellent album. Probably better than Gold.
  3. martybee
    Jun 20, 2005
    10
    LOVE it
  4. JonathanS
    May 7, 2005
    9
    A return to texture and depth of Dear Chicago and Bar Lights. Very encouraging.
  5. KenH
    May 22, 2005
    9
    I was never much of an R.A. fan but one listen to "Easy Plateau" led to the purchase of what will inevitably be One of the Top Discs of 05!
  6. GretschGuy
    Jun 30, 2005
    8
    The two CD's may be alittle over zealous, but the songs are stronger than low marking critics are indicating. This moody country rock The two CD's may be alittle over zealous, but the songs are stronger than low marking critics are indicating. This moody country rock pleases me each time I listen to it. The production is often very live sounding which is a bonus in this age of "produce the sh*t out of it". The guitars sing and cry on this album more so than almost any other RA work. Great for driving home with the sun setting behind you and the window down just a little...escapism at its best. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 5, 2005
    1
    He loves himself and it shows

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