Ryan Adams
Gold


3.0
good

Review

by Dave de Sylvia STAFF
October 26th, 2005 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


You know that record you always seem to pull out, obsess over and then forget about for a long time, only for history to repeat itself" Enter Ryan Adams, altdotcountrydotsomething innovator and Smiths fan with his second solo album Gold. Typified by an awkward, often confrontational demeanour, remarkable prolificacy and an aversion to the name Bryan, he’s an engaging character.

September 11th, 2001 was probably a good or bad time for Ryan Adams to release the first single from Gold, New York, New York. Due to a rather poignant video shot, rather predictably, in France (or New York, whatever) his ode to the big city was elevated to legendary post-9/11 song of hope status with that P.O.D. song and that Springsteen one nobody remembers and I’d be surprised if many people really remember New York, New York. But I don’t care about anyone else; I care about me and, for a generous 74 minutes, I care about Ryan Adams. He completes me.

So Ryan Adams. Not to be confused with Bryan. You’d expect Bryan Adams to come out with an album cover featuring an upside down U.S. flag, a treasonous statement if I ever did see it, because he’s Canadian and they’re with the terrorists like the damn Egyptians. But this isn’t Bryan Adams; it’s Ryan Adams and he’s American and he used to be country and now he only kind of is and oh my god is he disrespecting the flag I think he is. Is he a liberal" Who cares" After 9/11 we all thought he was Reagan reincarnated and we couldn’t have been happier.

Then we heard his music. Well I heard his music. I heard his music and I’ve gone back and I’ve gone back again since. Rock N’ Roll was terrible and Love Is Hell was never on my radar long enough for me to appreciate it, but Whiskeytown were good, right" Bonus points for spelling “whiskey” the right way and adding “town” to tend. This guy wishes he was Irish. Maybe he is, he made a mockery of the flag.

And then we heard his music! Oh his music! New York, New York and Firecracker are great rock tunes, pure and simple. Great rock songs, they’re Dylan but they’re so not Dylan, they’re Ryan Adams and we love him for it. Rescue Blues is one of the grooviest blues you’ll ever hear from a witeboi, aided by the excellent lead guitar of Ethan Jones. Ethan Jones could be black but let’s face it, his name is Ethan.

Of course, it’s not all great. There’s filler, including the mildly danceable Rosalie Come Go and the mildly danceable Tina Toledo [songs about loose women tend to be at least mildly moveable toable]. Enemy Fire is Jack White sings Jack White but worse than Jack White, while Nobody Girl is a decent Stones-y pastiche which at 9 minutes clocks in about 8 minutes too long. There’s a fantastic gospel choir who sing below their level on tracks like Touch, Feel & Lose and there’s a few more rock songs of varying quality.

But rock songs aren’t what Gold will be remembered for; at least not by me. Gold contains the three greatest Elton John hillbilly ballads I’ve ever heard. Believe it or not; I fuck with you not. My vocabulary could never be expansive enough for I to put into words the raw emotion evoked in me by Sylvia Plath, La Cienega Just Smiled and Goodnight, Hollywood Blv’d. Three songs grab my soul and kiss my passions and tickle my passions behind the ear and tell my passions they love my passions but do they really mean it" Maybe Ryan is lying to me. Maybe he doesn’t feel the way I feel. Maybe his off-key country warble disguises a soul of evil and demented falsehood. Maybe I who knows not how to connect with music has been tricked. Maybe I who looks on with envy as more sensitive souls write with ease while I a robot sit on my bed and leak oil from my standard issue 100% Sheffield Steel guaranteed not to rust for 5 years unless you leave them in the rain for a month eyes. Maybe he doesn’t feel the way I feel and maybe it’s all a joke.

Or maybe I could ruin anything if I think too hard about it.



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Senor_Whippy
October 26th 2005


367 Comments


Great review GD but I think I would have given this a 4/5 at least as this is without a doubt Ryan's best work to date.If anyone's interested here's that I think about all the other Ryan Adam's records.

1.Gold (9/10)
2.Love Is Hell (8.5/10)
3.Heatbreaker (8/10)
4.Jacksonville City Nights (8/10)
5.Cold Roses (7.5/10)
7.Rock N' Roll (7/10)
6.Demolition (7/10)


Senor_Whippy
October 26th 2005


367 Comments


Originally posted By vheissu
ahahaha, didn't this guy kick some guy out of the venue for yelling "PLAY SUMMER OF '69"? that is frickin' hilarious.


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha oh that's brilliant


Jawaharal
October 26th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That review was so entertaining.

Edit:Is that a black metal britney spears?This Message Edited On 10.26.05

morrissey
Moderator
October 26th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was the funniest/greatest review I've read in the history of anything ever.



Ryan Adams is gold.



get it

get it

get it



Teach me to be like you plz

morrissey
Moderator
October 26th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Senor Whippy, you kill me. Heartbreaker and Cold Roses are his best.

morrissey
Moderator
October 27th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bump because ryan gets no love

Jawaharal
November 8th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review is even funnier when I read it in an irish accent.

CushMG15
November 8th 2005


1810 Comments


This review is flippin' hilarious...priceless work, really.

I should really look into this guy, I've heard lots about him.

Zesty Mordant
November 8th 2005


1196 Comments


wow, that was a really entertaining review, great work.

All I have from Bryan Adams is Cold Roses (which is OK) and Love is Hell (which is pretty dam good). I'm thinking of buying another album of his but I'm stuck between this and Heartbreaker.

He's certainly a great songwriter, though he's also one ambitious little f*cker as well.

ocelot-05
November 9th 2005


807 Comments


Ryan Adams puts out a surprising amount of good music, considering how prolific he is.

Hey! My name is Ethan and I'm not white! I'm black! Just kidding guys, I'm white as bread. This Message Edited On 11.08.05

morrissey
Moderator
November 29th 2005


1688 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm going to keep bumping this because it's the funniest review on the site



or because people should listen to this fellow

ocelot-05
November 29th 2005


807 Comments


This is a brilliant album. Ryan Adam's best work.

Jawaharal
December 15th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When the stars go blue is pure awesomeness. I heart ryan.

Jawaharal
December 18th 2005


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album gets a 4.

pulseczar
December 18th 2005


2385 Comments


You called Canadians terrorists you scoundrel!


*suicide bombs the Irish embassy*

dh198
May 26th 2014


463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album rules, although it's definitely a bit too long.

ButteryBiscuitBass
May 26th 2014


11438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the best ever album

Eons
September 3rd 2014


2080 Comments


La Cienega is great

JWT155
August 7th 2015


14257 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album.

theBoneyKing
August 7th 2015


16023 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album

That said I haven't listened in a very long time

La Cienega >

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