Demolition - Ryan Adams
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  • Summary: As the title implies, this is not a true follow-up to 2001's 'Gold,' but rather a collection of demo recordings--13 never-before-released tracks (down from a rumored four-CD set!) captured on tape during spare moments while on tour.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A good amount of Demolition screams quality.
  2. 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.
  3. 80
    Demolition is further proof that his creative instinct is still intact. [Album of the Month, Oct 2002, p.100]
  4. Its songs are sketchy but affable, with a confidence that makes the half-hooks sound almost indelible.
  5. When Adams sticks to the pop-rock mode, he can be dynamic as well as one of the cleverest pop thieves since Nick Lowe.
  6. The songs are a slight bunch, and for all the reported heartache and pain that went into them, they're strangely uninvolving.
  7. 40
    Honors shifts in style over substance. [#11, p.124]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. sasha
    Dec 10, 2004
    incredible. if you like ryan adams, you will LOVE this.
  2. lakeyh
    Dec 10, 2002
    all the critic that are down have no sould, this guy touches the sould with honesty and truth! Halleleuja!!
  3. MattP
    Oct 31, 2007
    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! Expand
  4. JosiahR.
    Oct 18, 2002
    Lacks continuity and theme. Therefor if viewed as an "album" its somewhat weak. But each an every song is a wonderful jewel of Ryan Adam's style Alt-Folk-Country-Americana. Expand
  5. Jul 16, 2011
    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. "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. Expand
  6. SeamusS
    Oct 28, 2005
    Sir Spite Full Nice Job Not Having A Life Anyway Demolition is a nice little collection for any big fan of Ryan. it doesnt offer anything new but at the same time has some of the great moments expected in a Ryan Adams Record. Good times Expand
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Aug 1, 2004
    Ultimately a fans-only release, "Demolition" is exactly as scattershot as you'd expect a collection of demos to be: a few memorable tracks and a few more mediocre ones. Expand

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