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29 [CD]

Ryan Adams Audio CD
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Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC whose critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums both as a solo artist and with the Cardinals have included Heartbreaker (2000), Gold (2001), Love Is Hell (2004), Cold Roses (2005) and Easy Tiger (2007) which TIME magazine hailed as "a career breakthrough." Adams is also the CEO of his own ... Read more in Amazon's Ryan Adams Store

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000BY9E2A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. 29 (Album Version) 5:460.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Strawberry Wine (Album Version) 7:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Night Birds (Album Version) 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Blue Sky Blues (Album Version) 5:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Carolina Rain (Album Version) 5:230.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Starlite Diner (Album Version) 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Sadness (Album Version) 6:400.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part (Album Version) 5:070.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Voices (Album Version) 4:530.79  Buy MP3 

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On his third release of a most prolific year, Ryan Adams takes a break from his band, the Cardinals, to fashion an introspective song cycle with stripped-down arrangements focused on acoustic guitar or solo piano. After the propulsive, self-mythologizing title track opens the album in brazen fashion, forging an unlikely bond of comparison between John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and the early '70s Grateful Dead, much of the rest of 29 finds Adams at his dreamiest (the reveries of "Strawberry Wine" and "Elizabeth, You Were Born to Play That Part") and most rapturously romantic (the aching falsetto on the lovesick "Starlite Diner"). He continues to take chances and not all of them pay off, with the underwatery echo of "Night Birds" and the over-the-top dramatics of "The Sadness" showing the downside of self-indulgence, though "Carolina Rain" suggests he can return to the alt-country prime of Whiskeytown whenever the mood strikes. With the intimacy of the closing "Voices," Adams sounds less like he is singing a song than sharing a secret. Refusing to rein himself in or pin himself down, he sings on the title track, "You can't hang on to something that won't stop moving." --Don McLeese

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork anybody? 20 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a very subtle and understated album. I admired Ryan's work ethic when he decided to put out 3 albums (one a double!) in one year. It got me thinking to some of my favourite groups of the 60's and 70's who thought more about the music and the creative muse than they did about the bizness. I wasn't a big fan of Cold Roses at first but repeated listens got me hooked. That paved the way for this album which really seems to take Ryan's output to a whole new level. It's a joy listening to ALL of these tracks, but especially I love the immediacy of Strawberry Wine and the boogie of 29. In truth there isn't a dud track on this album and it's very reassuring to hear something you know you will return to again and again like an old friend.
I can but wonder where Adams will delve next but I sense that this marks the closing of a chapter and he will veer off into uncharted waters....long may he sail!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan's best yet? 7 Jan 2006
By Dr Dai
Format:Audio CD
After the two uneven Cardinals' albums from earlier in 2005, Ryan Adams has returned to top form with quite possibly his best album yet, continuing in the same musical vein he mined on the vastly-underated "Love is Hell" EPs.
Adams has never lacked creativity or inspiration as shown by his prodigious output. But he has lacked an ability to curb some of his worst excesses musically and even his best albums such as Gold would have benefitted from someone advising on the editing.
This time the album with 9 songs, each supposedly relating to each year of his twenties (hence the title), comes in at just about 48 minutes and despite some personal reservations about the title opener, the rest are largely magnificent with no real filler, just great songs.
Adams has returned to producer Ethan Johns (who did Heartbreaker and Gold) who deserves a lot of credit with class production and sensitive musical accompaniments for the songs, which other than 29 and the latin-inflected The Sadness, are beautiful reflective, wistful affairs that see Adams on great lyrical and melodic form.
The highlights for me are the four songs that comprise the album's heart from Nightbirds through to Starlite Diner. No need to describe them in detail other to say they're pure class and rank amongst Adams' finest works. They deserve the sort of attention and listening that unfortunately many have given over to the likes of the anodyne James Blunt and his ilk. There is no comparison. Adams on this form is the classiest songwriter of his period. Buy it and savour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A grower... 6 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album was written and recorded before any of the other 2005 releases, at the time when Ryan was nearing his 30th birthday (hence '29', it's an album about growth) while he was recovering from his broken wrist. He's said that it's a concept album, basically about one guy who commits suicide and is looking back on the actions in his life. I'm not sure how well the album fits his theory, but there are plenty of tales within these songs.

It's an intimate album, best listened to with headphones in a quiet place. His voice is close and there's an ambience, a certain atmosphere to many of the songs as we hear these world-weary lyrics played out to music. The rock & roll '29' is a bit of a red herring in terms of sound, as we have the introspective 'Strawberry Wine' come after. It is succeeded by several more quiet, piano-led songs, telling wistful tales of love, heart-break and life. 'Blue Sky Blues' and 'Nightbirds' are songs to lovers, about carrying on, 'Elizabeth...' is apparently written for a friend of Ryan's whose baby daughter died before birth. The only other song that doesn't fit this trend is 'The Sadness', which is a bit of a bizarre inclusion; Ryan sounds more like Freddie Mercury than the heart-broken troubador we're used to hearing.

My personal favourites on the album are '29', 'Blue Sky Blues' and 'Carolina Rain'. All of these songs tell a story though, and it's worth listening just to hear the narratives as they play through.

The Ethan Johns/ Ryan Adams pairing once again produces an excellent album, with a suitable sheen for the material on here. I feel that the album needs to be listened to properly, to be taken in and appreciated. It's a grower, but the one track I can't seem to get into is 'Strawberry Wine'. It's not Ryan's best material to date, but it's still a good album. Give it time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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after what i thought was the best album of the year (cold roses) and an album that had i thought was 'interesting' (jcn) i looked forward to '29s' release.
29 reminds me of love is hell, as the better songs take a few detailed listens to get you hooked, but once you realise what they are, you realise they are brilliant, such as 'strawberry wine' and 'carolina rain'. 'The sadness' one of the other stronger tracks, echoes of jcn, whilst moody 'night birds' and 'blue sky blues' are also strong tracks.
I will have to listen to it further to appreciate it even more, and i advise others to do the same.
One regret, is that there no 'magnolia mountain' esque tracks present, but 3 albums in 1 year, Ryan Adams has manned up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A stripped down minor masterpiece
29 arrived at time when Ryan Adams was so prolific that it could easily have fallen under the radar of even an avid fan. Read more
Published 11 months ago by rp
3.0 out of 5 stars Concise, brooding album
This is a relatively short album for Ryan Adams, featuring only 9 songs, though that's not really a surprise given that it was his third release of 2005! Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by klaher
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stuff of Legend?
This is the first Ryan Adams album I purchased, on the recommendation of a friend. One of the critical comments on the cover sticker read "the stuff of legend". Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2010 by Toxteth O'Grady
4.0 out of 5 stars Three albums, one year. This is the best one.
2005 was a whacky year even by Ryan Adams standards, as he released three albums, one of which was a double, in the space of around eight months. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2007 by dynamitekid156
5.0 out of 5 stars His best yet
In 2005 Ryan Adams released 3 albums; Cold Roses, Jackson City Nights and ending with 29, his best. So called because the songs were written when he was that age, the album can be... Read more
Published on 16 May 2007 by East Coast Music Man
5.0 out of 5 stars more genius
full tilt boogie variety genius.

every song is exellent.

if you dont have any adams buy this or love is hell as they are his best. Read more
Published on 25 April 2007 by Andrew Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid!
A very enjoyable, sometimes moody album. It is my favorite of the 3 2005 albums without a doubt, most definately saved the best till last. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2006 by The Pash
5.0 out of 5 stars We are spoilt...
3 albums released last year and all I can say is-Ryan, bring us 3 more this year. Granted, like Jacksonville City Nights, it's a very slow burner which seems to disappoint at... Read more
Published on 4 Feb 2006 by Mr. R. Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars one of his best?
I have to admit that I haven't yet bought 29 but will do soon. I've been listening to it over the net (whole album not just 30 sec snips) off Ryan's website, where... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2006 by PeteJ123
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype!
I read quite a few previews of this album and had I believed what I read, I was in store for the best Ryan Adams album yet! Rubbish. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2006 by Shady Cat
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