Demolition

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A good amount of Demolition screams quality.
  2. Mojo
    80
    Depending what side you take in the Heartbreaker v. Gold debate, you'll like some tracks more than others. [Oct 2002, p.92]
  3. Demolition is a fine addition to Adams' discography in that it gives an overview of the differing musical styles Adams has been exploring while his critical stock has been hitting overdrive.
  4. Uncut
    80
    Demolition is further proof that his creative instinct is still intact. [Album of the Month, Oct 2002, p.100]
  5. 'Demolition' may be a rare example of purely commercial dictates - namely, what was doubtless a label decision to downsize from a threatened four-CD boxed set - improving the art in question.
  6. 70
    The rockers here, however, aren't his best work, sounding like the Goo Goo Dolls with steel guitars.
  7. Gold left many Adams fans listening in awe at the leaps and bounds by which he was growing as a songwriter. This record doesn't do that; and though that's just fine, it makes Demolition less diverse and ultimately less exciting.
  8. When Adams sticks to the pop-rock mode, he can be dynamic as well as one of the cleverest pop thieves since Nick Lowe.
  9. Its songs are sketchy but affable, with a confidence that makes the half-hooks sound almost indelible.
  10. The songs are a slight bunch, and for all the reported heartache and pain that went into them, they're strangely uninvolving.
  11. The ballads, many recorded with steel guitarist Bucky Baxter, are much better than the rockers.
  12. Q Magazine
    60
    An album largely split between moments of hushed intimacy and gonzoid rocksers that tend to pitch themselves between The Replacements, Tom Petty and -- presumably unwittingly -- U2 circa War. [Oct 2002, p.101]
  13. There’s really nothing to this record.
  14. While Demolition forgoes the overproduction and even much of the shameless rock-god posturing that plagued Gold, Adams hasn't yet found his way out of his songwriting rut.
  15. Blender
    40
    Honors shifts in style over substance. [#11, p.124]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 16, 2011
    8
    I prefer this album to most of Ryan Adam's catalog. Call me crazy. It isn't quite Heartbreaker, but I'd take it over Gold any day. "DearI prefer this album to most of Ryan Adam's catalog. Call me crazy. It isn't quite Heartbreaker, but I'd take it over Gold any day. "Dear Chicago" might be the best song he's written. "Hallelujah" and "Cry on Demand" are also among his best work. There are slumps, but they don't last long. For an artist who's a pretentious prick, this is the album that can make me look past that. But only for a few songs. Full Review »
  2. MattP
    Oct 31, 2007
    9
    Not his best but still on a level most in the business can only dream of hitting! It still has the classic adams voice singing songs like no Not his best but still on a level most in the business can only dream of hitting! It still has the classic adams voice singing songs like no other! Sir Spite Full, you are full of shit! Full Review »
  3. paddyo
    Oct 25, 2006
    9
    Great album, dear Chicago is simply fantastic