is the first of alt.country 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.
has had a bumpy ride since going solo, so its a rather bold move for the American singer/songwriter to release a double album. But, on the whole, its a move that works. Cold Roses
is admirably consistent, an impressive feat over 19 songs. At his best, as on Disc Ones "Sweet Illusions" and Disc Twos "Life is Beautiful", Adams invokes the spirit of Jeff Buckley in both sound and spirit, resulting in the albums two strongest tracks. Elsewhere, its 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. Its 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 wont appeal to everyone, fans who first discovered Adams with Gold
will find that Cold Roses
has much to offer. --Robert Burrow