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  • Summary: Love Is Hell, Part 1 is one-half of the planned 'Love Is Hell' full-length that Adams had intended as his official follow-up to 2001's 'Gold' until Lost Highway refused to release it intact (instead encouraging the singer to record a more upbeat LP, 'Rock n Roll'). John Porter (The Smiths) produces.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 100
    Some of the best songs he's written since Heartbreaker. [Jan 2004, p.98]
  2. Some of the most focused, artful, and affecting work of his career. [Review applicable to both Part 1 and Part 2]
  3. Part 1's eight deluxe country rock essays all impress. [Feb 2004, p.98]
  4. More commercial - and much better - than 'Rock'n'Roll', occasionally resembling the grandstand melancholia of Coldplay, and more frequently their antecedents The Smiths and Jeff Buckley. [Review applicable to both Part 1 and Part 2]
  5. 67
    Everything is underwritten or overwrought. [Feb 2004, p.104]
  6. If Love Is Hell, Pt. 1 has the edge over Rock n Roll, it's because it's more carefully considered in its production and writing, and he manages to hide his allusions better than he does on Rock, where every title and chord progression plays like an homage.
  7. A collection of preposterously cheerless (and charmless) songs that try much too hard to achieve a poignancy-- or anything, really-- that might hide their complete insignificance.

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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Sep 5, 2011
    A spectacular display of raw emotion, particularly in the album's creme de la creme, 'Avlanche' and 'The Shadowlands'. Adams covers 'Wonderwall' beautifully, to an extent that I can bear to listen to the meaning behind it as he gives it a meaning. So mellow, yet so powerful in what it delivers on quality of sound and the enigmatic yet decipherable messages of passion, beauty in nature, and, perhaps the most significant, the hope of a bright future - this truly is his crowning glory. Expand

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