Rock'n'Roll - Ryan Adams
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  • Summary: Recorded in just two weeks after Adams (rather, his record company) scrapped plans to release 'Love Is Hell' as his official follow-up to 'Gold' (the former will instead appear as a 2-part EP), 'Rock'n'Roll' features guest appearances from Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Melissa Auf Der Mauer (Hole) and Parker Posey (every indie film in the last 15 years). Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. 100
    With Rock N Roll, Ryan Adams has thrown off the trappings of underachievement and grabbed for the crown. [Dec 2003, p.132]
  2. 83
    Everywhere the guitars are cranked, the sneakers set on stun. [Dec 2003, p.124]
  3. The best bullets here are like excerpts from a fantasy mix tape of classic glam and garage rock.
  4. Acceptable but never stellar. [Dec 2003, p.121]
  5. Adams can undoubtedly pen this classic rawk stuff with his ears closed and, as a result, the 15 tracks here lack heart.
  6. There are tunes galore, and ideas that some groups would do someone in for, it’s just a shame he decided to do an approximation of all his favourite bands, and didn’t try something a bit more progressive than 'Rock‘n’Roll'.
  7. It's not so much that Rock N Roll is incorrigibly written as that the record is unforgivably careless, unwilling to commit to anything including itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 9 out of 34