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Kong's journey through the musical canon (and some other stuff)

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Post by kongs_speech » May 15th, 2020, 11:51 pm

#010: ABBA - Waterloo

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1. Waterloo – 2.7/3
2. Sitting in the Palmtree – 2.8/4
3. King Kong Song – 2.4/3
4. Hasta Manana – 2.4/3
5. My Mama Said – 2.1/3
6. Dance (While the Music Still Goes On) – 2.1/3
7. Honey, Honey – 2.7/3
8. Watch Out – 2.8/4
9. What About Livingstone – 2.4/3
10. Gonna Sing You My Lovesong – 2.8/4
11. Suzy-Hang-Around – 2.1/3
12. Waterloo (English Version) – 3/3

[30.3/38]

Avg: 3.99
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: I gave The Visitors a 5/5 and Super Trouper a 4.5/5.

Review: ABBA's second album, Waterloo, has a 3.19 on RYM, and I feel that it's highly underrated. The title track is their first all-time great song. I prefer the English version tacked on at the end, seeing as I can understand the lyrics, but both are delightful. There are some songs that probably won't get heavy rotation in my playlists, but the album contains no weak moments. It's a huge artistic leap forward from the underwhelming Ring Ring and marks the point where ABBA began to grow into becoming ABBA.

Will I hear more from this artist?: Sadly, there's no ABBA left. My week-long binge has come to an end. I fucking love these guys. I'm so glad I was finally able to get past the trauma of the Mamma Mia soundtrack and appreciate this brilliant pop for what it is.
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Post by Knaldskalle » May 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 12:17 am
I'm trying to average three albums a day. If I do that, this project should be finished on schedule, even if I add a bunch of other albums as I go along, which we all know I will. :lol:
Three albums per day? That's a lot, especially when some albums require multiple spins before they truly "open up", depending on artist and genre. With some stuff, sure, no problem, it's mean to be accessible, but not all. I hope you give more "hermetic" music more than just one play before judging and moving on to the next album.
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Post by Armoreska » May 16th, 2020, 4:03 pm

Knaldskalle wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm
kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 12:17 am
I'm trying to average three albums a day. If I do that, this project should be finished on schedule, even if I add a bunch of other albums as I go along, which we all know I will. :lol:
Three albums per day? That's a lot, especially when some albums require multiple spins before they truly "open up", depending on artist and genre. With some stuff, sure, no problem, it's mean to be accessible, but not all. I hope you give more "hermetic" music more than just one play before judging and moving on to the next album.
Like what for example?

I never listen to an album twice. Must be missing a lot then :lol:
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Post by Armoreska » May 16th, 2020, 4:04 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 11:02 pm
[35.9/41]
Avg: 4.38
Score: 4/5
Aren't you rating the overall score down then? Looks like a 4.5 to me.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 16th, 2020, 8:24 pm

Armoreska wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 4:04 pm
kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 11:02 pm
[35.9/41]
Avg: 4.38
Score: 4/5
Aren't you rating the overall score down then? Looks like a 4.5 to me.
I do round scores down. A 4.49 average would be a 4/5. It's like how, when I was in high school, an 89 test score was a B. It's the highest B you can get, but a B nonetheless. I hope this makes sense. :lol:
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Post by kongs_speech » May 16th, 2020, 10:16 pm

#011: ABC - The Lexicon of Love

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1. Show Me – 3.6/4
2. Poison Arrow - 3/3
3. Many Happy Returns – 3.6/4
4. Tears Are Not Enough – 2.7/3
5. Valentine's Day - 4/4
6. The Look of Love – Pt. 1 – 2.7/3
7. Date Stamp – 3.2/4
8. All of My Heart – 4.5/5
9. 4 Ever 2 Gether – 5.4/6
10. The Look of Love – Pt. 4 (inst.) - 0.8/1

[33.5/37]

Avg: 4.53
Score: 4.5/5

Reason for inclusion: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Review: Here we are with more '80s synthpop, and this time it proved to be more to my liking than a-ha. That record is good, but this one is outstanding. I really didn't know what to expect, being completely unfamiliar with the band, and I received quite a treat. These tracks are insanely catchy and well-produced, with good lyrics too. "Poison Arrow" and "Valentine's Day" are my favorites, but every song is great. Having said that, what the hell happened to "The Look of Love, Pt. 2 & 3?"

Will I hear more from this artist? Yes, I'll listen to more ABC eventually, but it concerns me that all of their other work is rated so much lower than this one on RYM.
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Post by mightysparks » May 16th, 2020, 11:54 pm

Armoreska wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Knaldskalle wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm
kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 12:17 am
I'm trying to average three albums a day. If I do that, this project should be finished on schedule, even if I add a bunch of other albums as I go along, which we all know I will. :lol:
Three albums per day? That's a lot, especially when some albums require multiple spins before they truly "open up", depending on artist and genre. With some stuff, sure, no problem, it's mean to be accessible, but not all. I hope you give more "hermetic" music more than just one play before judging and moving on to the next album.
Like what for example?

I never listen to an album twice. Must be missing a lot then :lol:
Yeah I don’t believe in that at all. Depends how you approach music, I think. I don’t treat any album differently. If I like something or I’m not sure about something I’ll try it again later, but there’s no such thing as an album that needs multiple listens to ‘get’. I know when I don’t like something.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 17th, 2020, 12:01 am

#012: AC/DC - Highway to Hell

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1. Highway to Hell – 3/3
2. Girls Got Rhythm – 2.4/3
3. Walk All Over You - 4/5
4. Touch Too Much – 3.2/4
5. Beating Around the Bush – 2.8/4
6. Shot Down in Flames – 2.7/3
7. Get It Hot – 2.4/3
8. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) – 3.5/5
9. Love Hungry Man – 2/4
10. Night Prowler – 4.2/6

[30.2/40]

Avg: 3.78
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: Rolling Stone's Top 500 and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Review: AC/DC influenced a lot of shitty rock bands that came after them, but I won't hold that against them. When this band is at their high-energy best, the results can be thrilling, as is the case with this album's legendary title track. "Shot Down in Flames" is also a killer jam. The band is vapid, repetitive, and does not have much going on intellectually, but I don't really care because that's no way to evaluate rock. I don't think I'll ever be a huge AC/DC fan, but I certainly respect the talent on display.

Will I hear more from this artist? Maybe, at some point. I've already heard Back in Black, which is also a 3.5/5.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 17th, 2020, 1:56 am

#013: Aceyalone - A Book of Human Language

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1. Forward (inst.) – 1.4/2
2. The Guidelines - 5/5
3. The Balance - 4/5
4. The Energy – 1.8/2
5. The Hurt – 3.5/5
6. The Hold – 3.2/4
7. The Walls and Windows – 5.4/6
8. The Jabberwocky – 1/2
9. The Grandfather Clock – 4.5/5
10. The Reason – 0.7/1
11. The March – 1.8/2
12. The Vision – 0.8/1
13. The Faces – 3.6/4
14. The Hunt Preclude – 0.8/1
15. The Hunt - 4/5
16. The Catch – 0.8/1
17. The Thief in the Night – 6.3/7
18. Human Language – 6.4/8
19. Afterward (inst.) – 1.6/2

[56.6/68]

Avg: 4.16
Score: 4/5

Reason for inclusion: It was recommended by my friend Kyle.

Review: I don't talk about it much, but I'm a major hip-hop fan. My buddy Kyle, however, is a rap encyclopedia. About a year ago, we were discussing conscious rap and he suggested this album, so I added it to my Spotify, planning to check it out sometime. Today, I finally got around to it, and while I don't think it's the masterpiece he hyped it up to be, I'm impressed. This subgenre can be somewhat pretentious, but Aceyalone's lyrics are highly intelligent without feeling like he's actively trying to prove how smart he is. It's longer than it needs to be, and the Jabberwocky reading adds nothing, especially since the vocals are intentionally distorted, making it basically impossible to understand. Still, it's good stuff and has established Aceyalone in my mind as a serious lyrical force.

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Post by Knaldskalle » May 18th, 2020, 6:09 am

Armoreska wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Knaldskalle wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 3:23 pm
kongs_speech wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 12:17 am
I'm trying to average three albums a day. If I do that, this project should be finished on schedule, even if I add a bunch of other albums as I go along, which we all know I will. :lol:
Three albums per day? That's a lot, especially when some albums require multiple spins before they truly "open up", depending on artist and genre. With some stuff, sure, no problem, it's mean to be accessible, but not all. I hope you give more "hermetic" music more than just one play before judging and moving on to the next album.
Like what for example?

I never listen to an album twice. Must be missing a lot then :lol:
Pearl Jam's Vitalogy, for instance. I remember thinking that album was a perfect waste of money the first time I heard it. It grew on me a lot, but took a few days to really open up for me.

It also applies to things that are unfamiliar (in terms of genre, for instance) where it takes time to become familiar with sound, tone, instrumentation and so on. Especially more complex music takes more than one "spin" to truly grasp (and even then I sometimes discover that very familiar music has things in it I wasn't aware of). Ockeghem wrote very complex early music that's almost a challenge to unravel, a lot of jazz requires musical knowledge (music theory) that's beyond my level to fully grasp (Coltrane's Giant Steps, for instance) and a lot of progressive rock and metal and "ethnic" music is complicated enough that I for one can't "get it" right away but need to listen to it multiple times (such groups as King Crimson, Tool and Master Musicians of Jajouka come to mind).
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Post by Armoreska » May 18th, 2020, 6:54 am

kongs_speech wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 10:16 pm
what the hell happened to "The Look of Love, Pt. 2 & 3?"
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Post by Knaldskalle » May 18th, 2020, 2:30 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 12:01 am
The band is vapid, repetitive, and does not have much going on intellectually, but I don't really care because that's no way to evaluate rock. I don't think I'll ever be a huge AC/DC fan, but I certainly respect the talent on display.
I once read a description that stuck with me: "The universe of AC/DC is simple: Women and booze, booze and women."
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Post by kongs_speech » May 18th, 2020, 10:20 pm

Apologies for no updates yesterday. It was a bad day for my chronic fatigue and I accomplished nothing. For the rest of the month, I'm going to try to do two albums a day instead of my usual three hours of music. I'm very behind on films expiring from my streaming services, so that's a priority.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 19th, 2020, 2:31 am

#014: David Ackles - American Gothic

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1. American Gothic – 2.4/3
2. Love's Enough – 2.1/3
3. Ballad of the Ship of State – 2.8/4
4. One Night Stand – 2.1/3
5. Oh, California! - 2.4/3
6. Another Friday Night – 3.5/5
7. Family Band – 1.5/3
8. Midnight Carousel – 2/4
9. Waiting for the Moving Van – 2.8/4
10. Blues for Billy Whitecloud – 1.8/3
11. Montana Song - 3/10

[26.4/45]

Avg: 2.93
Score: 2.5/5

Reason for inclusion: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Review: Much of my favorite music falls into the singer/songwriter genre. I'm trying to become more open-minded about other elements of music, but historically, I have valued lyricism above all else. The lyrics on this David Ackles album aren't enough to make up for how flat and sleepy most of the record is. There are a couple of standouts, and Side A isn't bad at all. In the second half of the album, things take a nosedive. The closing track, "Montana Song," is brutally overlong and uninteresting. Frankly, it's about as dull as I would expect the state of Montana to be, so perhaps it succeeds in that regard. Anyway, I was looking forward to this LP and it disappointed me.

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Post by kongs_speech » May 19th, 2020, 3:06 am

#015: Action Swingers - Decimation Blvd.

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1. I Don't Wanna Be This Way – 1.6/2
2. Anyway That You Want – 0.7/1
3. Glad to Be Gone – 1.4/2
4. Searching for Kicks – 0.7/1
5. No Heart and Soul – 1.4/2
6. How Do You Work This Thing – 0.6/1
7. I Can't Get No Action – 0.6/1
8. You Only Know My Name – 1.6/2
9. Nothing to Me Now – 0.7/1
10. Fooled Again – 0.7/1
11. Too Far Gone – 0.8/1
12. Waiting for My Chance – 1.4/2
13. You Better Keep Your Big Mouth Shut – 1.4/2
14. Defective – 0.8/1

[14.4/20]

Avg: 3.6
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: My friend Joost gave this album a 5/5.

Review: I'm a sucker for loud, fast punk rock, and that's what Decimation Blvd. delivers. Some tracks are more fun than others, but it's fairly solid across the board. Nothing innovative is happening here, and I'd generally rather just listen to the Ramones or some '80s hardcore. Still, it's a neat little record, even if I'm baffled as to why my biggest music nerd friend considers it to be one of the greatest albums of all time. An hour of this would be intolerable, but 21 minutes is the perfect length.

Will I hear more from this artist? Maybe, but it's not a priority.
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Post by Armoreska » May 19th, 2020, 12:51 pm

kongs_speech wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 2:31 am
11. Montana Song - 3/10
I thought I'd check it out. Lyrics:
"I went out to Montana
with a bible on my arm..."

aaaand I'm done :) will look into it when I have less other music to listen to
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Post by kongs_speech » May 19th, 2020, 9:10 pm

#016: Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier

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1. Dog Eat Dog – 2.1/3
2. Antmusic – 3.2/4
3. Feed Me to the Lions – 2.4/3
4. Los Rancheros – 2.8/4
5. Ants Invasion – 2.1/3
6. Killer in the Home – 3.2/4
7. Kings of the Wild Frontier – 2.8/4
8. The Magnificent Five – 2.1/3
9. Don't Be Square (Be There) – 2.8/4
10. Jolly Roger – 1.4/2
11. Making History – 2.1/3
12. The Human Beings - 3/5
[30/42]

Avg: 3.57
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

Review: It's fine, but this new wave record didn't do too much for me. A few tracks are great, and there's nothing too bad, but I don't believe it to be worthy of classic status. I didn't care that much for the vocals, but they're not terrible. It's baffling to me that easily the best track, "Press Darlings," was left off the album initially. That song is also a bit rougher than anything on the proper LP, so perhaps they felt it didn't fit stylistically. A shame, either way.

Will I hear more from this artist? Probably not anytime soon, but they only have two more LPs, so it wouldn't be difficult to complete the discography.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 19th, 2020, 10:11 pm

#017: Ryan Adams - Ten Songs from Live at Carnegie Hall

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1. Oh My Sweet Carolina - 5/5
2. Nobody Girl - 6/6
3. New York, New York - 5/5
4. Sylvia Plath - 5/5

5. This is Where We Meet in My Mind - 4/5
6. My Wrecking Ball - 4/4
7. Gimme Something Good – 5.6/7
8. How Much Light – 5.4/6
9. Kim - 4/4
10. Come Pick Me Up - 6/6


[50/53]

Avg: 4.72
Score: 4.5/5

Reason for inclusion: I bought the CD back in 2015. I've listened to it a couple times over the years but never put it into my rating system.

Review: This is extremely close to 5 stars. If I didn't have my mathematical rating system and were to just assign a score based on feeling, I'd give it a 5. It's easily the best project I've ever heard from Adams. He's one of the most gifted songwriters of our time, but every album I've heard from him contains some filler tracks that I'm indifferent to. There is no filler to be found on this excellent compilation. Adams wisely sticks mostly to his greatest hits here, and the rendition of his best song, "Come Pick Me Up," that closes out the record is absolutely killer. This abridged version is one of the best live albums I have heard, so I'm very interested in checking out the complete Live at Carnegie Hall.

Will I listen to more from this artist? Yes, Adams is definitely someone whose work I want to complete at some point, including the bootlegs. But for now, I'm just going to listen to the two that I own and haven't heard -- Cold Roses and Rock N Roll.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 21st, 2020, 4:35 am

#018: Ryan Adams - Rock N Roll

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1. This is It – 2.1/3
2. Shallow – 3.2/4
3. 1974 – 2.4/3
4. Wish You Were Here – 2.7/3
5. So Alive – 2.8/4
6. Luminol – 2.1/3
7. Burning Photographs – 3.2/4
8. She's Lost Total Control – 1.8/3
9. Note to Self: Don't Die – 1.8/2
10. Rock n Roll – 1.8/2
11. Anybody Wanna Take Me Home – 3.5/5
12. Do Miss America – 2.1/3
13. Boys – 3.2/4
14. The Drug's Not Working – 4.8/6

[37.5/49]

Avg: 3.83
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: I own the CD and had not listened to it.

Review: Rock N Roll is often considered one of the prolific Ryan Adams' worst albums. Having heard it for the first time today, I do not agree. It delivers what the title promises. "Fun" wouldn't normally be my go-to descriptor for Adams' music, but that's what this record is. It's energetic, exciting rock music. It isn't as substantial as some of his singer-songwriter records, but if you're looking for a good time, you can't go wrong. "Wish You Were Here" is my favorite track here, though of course it's only the second best song by that name.

Will I listen to more from this artist? Yes, I'm doing Cold Roses tomorrow.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 22nd, 2020, 7:25 pm

I've been slacking with the updates. I completed the Ryan Adams discography yesterday. I just have to write some quick reviews.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 23rd, 2020, 9:13 pm

#019: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cold Roses

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1. Magnolia Mountain - 6/6
2. Sweet Illusions - 5/5
3. Meadowlake Street - 4/4
4. When Will You Come Back Home - 5/5

5. Beautiful Sorta – 2.4/3
6. Now That You're Gone – 3.6/4
7. Cherry Lane - 4/5
8. Mockingbird - 5/5
9. How Do You Keep Love Alive – 2.7/3
10. Easy Plateau – 4.5/5
11. Let It Ride – 2.1/3
12. Rosebud – 2.4/3
13. Cold Roses – 4.5/5
14. If I Am a Stranger - 5/5
15. Dance All Night – 2.4/3
16. Blossom – 2.7/3
17. Life is Beautiful – 2.8/4
18. Friends - 5/5
[69.1/76]
Avg: 4.55
Score: 4.5/5


Reason for inclusion: I ripped the CD from the library last year and had not yet listened.

Review: This is Adams' finest studio album. The first 20 minutes are perfection, and it doesn't slack off much after that. Ryan displays the peak of his songwriting skills on this album. I can't pick one favorite track after just one listen, but "Magnolia Mountain" is a hell of an opener. The only way the album would be better is without two filler tracks, but they're far outweighed by greatness.

Will I hear more from this artist? I went through his whole discography.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 24th, 2020, 7:25 pm

#020: Ryan Adams - 29

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1. 29 – 5.4/6
2. Strawberry Wine - 8/8
3. Night Birds – 3.6/4
4. Blue Sky Blues – 4.5/5
5. Carolina Rain - 5/5
6. Starlite Diner - 4/4

7. The Sadness – 4.9/7
8. Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part – 4.5/5
9. Voices - 4/5

[43.9/49]

Avg: 4.48
Score: 4/5

Reason for inclusion: I was working on some documents and decided to go through the remainder of Adams' discography.

Review: This is my second favorite studio album from Adams. It contains three of his very best songs, most notably the epic "Strawberry Wine." Before I heard that track, I thought it might be a cover of the Deana Carter song, and I'm happy to have been wrong. "The Sadness" goes on too long, but everything else that's on this record is just great. I've avoided addressing the sexual misconduct controversy in my Adams reviews so far, because I don't feel that it's relevant to the music, but it is a little disconcerting that such a warm, empathetic songwriter can also be an abuser. If the persona displayed in his music is an act, in a way, that makes it even more impressive.

Will I hear more from this artist? I've heard everything now, save the bootlegs.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 24th, 2020, 8:36 pm

#021: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Cardinology

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1. Born Into a Light – 1.4/2
2. Go Easy – 2.1/3
3. Fix It – 2.1/3
4. Magick – 1.2/2
5. Cobwebs – 2.8/4
6. Let Us Down Easy – 2.8/4
7. Crossed Out Name – 2.7/3
8. Natural Ghost – 3.2/4
9. Sink Ships – 3.2/4
10. Evergreen – 3.2/4
11. Like Yesterday – 2.1/3
12. Stop – 4.2/6

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Avg: 3.69
Score: 3.5/5

Reason for inclusion: As previously mentioned, I was doing some work and decided to my the Adams discography my soundtrack.

Review: This isn't one of Adams' strongest records, but it's interesting to see him try more of a country rock sound, almost reminiscent of Gram Parsons at points. The one really stellar song here is "Crossed Out Name."

Will I hear more from this artist? I've heard all of his albums.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 24th, 2020, 10:40 pm

#022: Ryan Adams - Demolition

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1. Nuclear – 2.7/3
2. Hallelujah - 3/3
3. You Will Always Be the Same – 2.7/3
4. Desire – 3.6/4
5. Cry on Demand – 3.2/4
6. Starting to Hurt – 2.1/3
7. She Wants to Play Hearts – 3.2/4
8. Tennessee Sucks – 2.4/3
9. Dear Chicago - 2/2
10. Gimme a Sign – 2.1/3
11. Tomorrow – 2.8/4
12. Chin Up, Cheer Up – 2.1/3
13. Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby) – 4.5/5

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Avg: 4.14
Score: 4/5

Reason for inclusion: Went through the Adams discography.

Review: Demolition is the strangest album in Ryan Adams' career, because it's not a release that he intended at all. The label rejected several albums that he had recorded as follow-ups to Heartbreaker, so they were chopped up and assembled into this great but awkward collection of songs. It's no masterpiece, but it's possible that the unreleased records may have been. I'd love to hear them sometime.

Will I hear more from this artist? There's nothing more to hear, except for the bootlegs.
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Post by kongs_speech » May 25th, 2020, 1:52 am

#023: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - III/IV

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1. Breakdown into the Resolve – 3.2/4
2. Dear Candy – 2.1/3
3. Wasteland – 2.4/3
4. Ultraviolet Light – 2.8/4
5. Stop Playing with My Heart – 2.4/3
6. Lovely and Blue – 2.1/3
7. Happy Birthday – 1.4/2
8. Kisses Start Wars – 2.1/3
9. The Crystal Skull – 3.2/4
10. Users – 2.1/3
11. No – 1.8/3
12. Numbers – 2.1/3
13. Gracie – 3.6/4
14. Icebreaker - 1/2
15. Sewers at the Bottom of the Wishing Well – 1.8/3
16. Typecast – 1.8/3
17. Star Wars – 2.1/3
18. My Favorite Song – 1.5/3
19. P.S. - 1.8/3
20. Death and Rats – 2.4/3
21. Kill the Lights – 4.2/7

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Avg: 3.47
Score: 3/5

Reason for inclusion: Running through the whole Ryan Adams catalog.

Review: This double album is Adams' weakest material, as far as I'm concerned. The first half of the record is much better than the second, which is filled with some of his least interesting tracks. It still wouldn't have been great, but the album would have been much stronger if it was just III and not IV.

Will I hear more from this artist? Already finished his studio albums.
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Post by joachimt » May 25th, 2020, 6:04 am

Didn't know there were so many Ryan Adams albums. I've got four of them myself actually.
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