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Cold Roses

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 (2 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009PLCEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Magnolia Mountain
2. Sweet Illusions
3. Meadowlake Street
4. When Will You Come Back Home
5. Beautiful Sorta
6. Now That You're Gone
7. Cherry Lane
8. Mockingbird
9. How Do You Keep Love Alive
10. Easy Plateau
11. Let It Ride
12. Rosebud
13. Cold Roses
14. If I Am A Stranger
15. Dance All Night
16. Blossom
17. Life Is Beautiful
18. Friends
19. Tonight (Bonus Track)

Product Description

Ryan Adams has had a bumpy ride since going solo, so it’s a rather bold move for the American singer/songwriter to release a double album. But, on the whole, it’s a move that works. Cold Roses is admirably consistent, an impressive feat over 19 songs. At his best, as on Disc One’s "Sweet Illusions" and Disc Two’s "Life is Beautiful", Adams invokes the spirit of Jeff Buckley in both sound and spirit, resulting in the album’s two strongest tracks. Elsewhere, it’s pretty much business as usual for Adams--a mellow and melancholy blend of country and low-key rock, sure to please fans of Gold more than people hoping for a harking back to his days with Whiskeytown. It’s only on "Beautiful Sorta" that Adams really puts a foot wrong, with its chorus ready made as a too-obvious singalong for barefoot American college girls. Though its overall relaxed pace won’t appeal to everyone, fans who first discovered Adams with Gold will find that Cold Roses has much to offer. --Robert Burrow

Product Description

Cold Roses is the first of leader Ryan Adams' three releases in 2005 for Lost Highway Records. The album features 19 new songs from Ryan and new band The Cardinals and was produced by Tom Schick. Ryan & The Cardinals recorded Cold Roses in two different sessions at Loho Studios.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still leading the pack 26 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Being a long term Whiskeytown/Ryan Adams fan, pre-ordering this CD was a no-brainer for me. However, having been one of those in the camp that found Rock 'n' Roll a little too contrived and Love is Hell adorable, but only in small doses, it was a blast to hear just how back on form this new offering is!
I've had the CD almost two weeks now and the only track I haven't warmed to is 'Now that you're gone'. Put it another way, 18 great tracks out of 19. Q Magazine didn't like the album, except for that very track! Oh well, it takes all sorts as they say. A lot of the tracks have that whole building up through the structure of the song as it progresses, a bit like early Springsteen.
One amazing reference point on this album is the Grateful Dead. Some of the lead guitar work on disc two is pure Jerry Garcia circa 1970 - I think someone has been studying the masters! As on Love is Hell, Ryan is taking some of his melodies into Roy Orbison territory, but he does it so well, it works.
All in all, this is a brilliant return to form. If you are a Whiskeytown fan, or a fan of Heartbreaker or Gold - then simply buy this album, you'll love it. If you are a Grateful Dead fan, you're in for a nice surprise. If you're the sort of person who can't stand a pedal steel guitar, then this album might just change your mind once and for all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Look Back For The Forward Mover 4 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Cold Roses, quite honestly, should have come out two months ago when the album's themes of love lost and soldiering on could have been more useful. In a shot back to Whisketown-era sound, Adams has developed a two-disc release capable of making Yankees nostalgic for the South. Crafted in the vein of folk remorse, Roses stands to be a reminder to any fan of the Ryan Adams that arose from the streets of Nashville into the national star he is. The album is perhabs a stab back at his former band, proving he can craft the sound with any revolving band, or perhaps it is a reminder to listeners that his most recent album, Rock N Roll, wasn't his future direction. The truth is that it doesn't matter. Cold Roses is a crafted product that ranges from the driven "Let It Ride" to the rambling "Magnolia Mountain," but strikes the heart with pieces like "Sweet Illusions." The first of an ambitious three-record release effort, Cold Roses is well worth the purchase price and well worth the wait for any of Mr. Adams' fans.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How does he do it? 1 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you think Ryan Adams couldn't better himself after 'love is hell' then think again. Cold Roses is truely a brilliant record. Joined by his backing group the Cardinals, Adams manages to compose an double album which could easily hold it's own if it was simply released as a single album. While disc one could be refered to as 'the sombre disc', disc two is more upbeat, more musically than lyrically at times. Thats not to say that the Downbeat songs aren't worth listening to. The album opener 'Magnolia Moutain' gives an intoxicating taste of what disc one contains. Possibly the best on the first disc is the superb medowlake street which combines the world-wearyness evoked in track two: 'sweet illusions' with an epic build-up. The track also features Adams' most delacate vocal delivery since 'wild flowers' on the album, gold. While Disc two contains the usual songs about lost loves and failed relationships featured on disc one and all his albums. Adams offers a decent selection of regularly consistant and refreshing compositions. With the first track 'Easy Plateau' we find out singer needing to find a place of beauty and seclusion with a companion. Track two: 'Let it Ride' shows a much different side to Adams, one of self-presevation well expressed in the lyrics 'I wasn't ready to go, i'm never ready to go'. The best track on disc two is by far the album title track. It's a tremendous compostion with an stunning riff that sounds, at times like it's two people playing against one another, and Adams' raw vocals back the track up nicely. The song slowly lurches along with a slow to medium tempo, that combined with an impressively technical bridge at the end of the track adds up to make the track one of Adams' most addictive.

Fans of Gold and Love is hell would be the ones who this album appeals most to, however i would recommend it if you're a fan of Ryan, also to people who haven't heard his music. It will blow you away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan's On A Roll 16 Sep 2005
By Rappers
Format:Audio CD
I've been with Adams ( musically speaking ) since his Whiskeytown days and have always championed his cause. I actually thought Rock 'n' Roll was a fun album! Love Is Hell & Heartbreaker were classics, and Demolition had its moments. Only Gold didn't do anything for me, too much polish for my liking. Cold Roses is a fine album, possibly his best. It takes a good few listens for the songs to start jumping out at you, but when they do ( and they will) you will be drawn in. It's wonderfully produced and The Cardinals give Adams excellent backing. No doubt that this is the most Whiskeytown sounding album he's done since he split that group. Hard to pick out individual moments, but "Sweet Illusions", "Dance All Night", Meadowlake St" & "Rosebud" are all absolutely top drawer. Only "Beautiful Sorta" lets the side down, but it wouldn't be Ryan Adams if he didn't stick a throwaway song on the album. Great stuff, and I'm waiting for "September" now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Roses For You 23 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this album is a raw, sometimes bleak, look at the rise and fail of relationships. It's a superb 'break-up' record and the lyrics really cut to the bone. This is what Mr Adams does best and he has done it again here on this cracking double album.
If you're new to Ryan then this record isn't the best start as it feels like a natual follow on from 'Love Is Hell' and his records with Whiskeytown but what do I know? All I know is that this is great stuff and worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in answer to the 2 star vinyl rating
Ordered mine from US as price was half that of Uk price.I got this and Gold for 28 incl.p&p.
It might take a while longer to come but worth the wait. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wolfers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd
I have had this CD for about five years now and I still listen to it and have recommended it to friends. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. Natalie Scheepers
5.0 out of 5 stars A desert island album
I listen to alot of music of all different kinds of genres, but if I had to pick 10 stranded on a desert island albums, this would definitely be one of them. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2009 by Amazon customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl lovers beware!
I am now on copy number two of this album and thought I should comment on the quality, or lack of it, of this piece of vinyl. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2009 by Mr. Tp Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Too good to overlook
Not being a massive RA fan (I bought Gold and thought it was fabulous, heard Rock n Roll and thought it wasn't),I've been a bit skeptical about his reputation. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2008 by Andy Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Grateful it's Ryan
Someone asked why is this CD is brokes comparison with the Grateful Dead.
The answer is ridiculously simple - some of the songs sit comfortably alongside the best the Dead had... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2008 by Ianham
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Roses is hot
To be honest, I think you could listen to any Ryan Adams album and not be disappointed, but Cold Roses stands out for me because it's a double album, and they are usually... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2008 by le chic le freak
3.0 out of 5 stars Middling.
Announcing that he was going to release three albums in one year in 2005, Ryan Adams opened his trilogy with this double album, Cold Roses. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2007 by dynamitekid156
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Roses: Great, but lacking something
Cold Roses is a very easy album to listen to, it is a great one to buy if you are just getting into Ryan Adams. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2007 by F. Cairns
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams keeps on Trucking
Cold Roses, Magnolia Mountain, "heading down the Cumberland River"in Let it Ride....the clues are all there .. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2007 by Herr Doktor
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