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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 (3 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bloodshot
  • ASIN: B00004XSKU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (Argument With David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)
2. To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
3. My Winding Wheel
4. AMY
5. Oh My Sweet Carolina
6. Bartering Lines
7. Call Me On Your Way Back Home
8. Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)
9. Come Pick Me Up
10. To Be The One
11. Why Do They Leave?
12. Shakedown On 9th Street
13. Don't Ask For The Water
14. In My Time Of Need
15. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
When Whiskeytown split, I wasnt sure whether Caitlin Cary or Ryan Adams would produce the better solo album, if either of them chose to go solo, that is, but this album deserves to go down as a classic.
Heartbreaker is a gorgeous collection of emotive, downbeat alt. country, bar two tracks (Shakedown on 9th Street and To Be Young...) which are perfect for those, 'alone in the car and no-one can see me' moments.
The music is very simple, and the production rough, but the lyrics and Adams' voice are perfect. The emotions here are familiar with anyone who has loved and lost, songs such as Come Pick Me Up and Why Do They Leave? are quite simply, perfect.
My favourite tracks personally are Come Pick Me Up and AMY, both of which are downbeat, slow folky-country, and excellent.
If you are buying this album after Gold, however, it's worth taking note that this is much more downbeat, and a little more country...with less istrumentation. A lot of the songs are just vocal, guitar and piano, and can sometimes sound a little sparse.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
I had read so many reviews of this album that told me to buy it before I actually did, now I feel its indispensible to my collection. Never has an album title been so apt, songs that speak some of the innermost thoughts that everybody has had. However, if I had bought this album just after breaking up with someone I fear it may have pushed me over the edge. Instead it reminds me of how I have felt, but never in a bad way. 'Come pick me up' is basically the best send off. Saying do what you like but I'm fine. Do it as many times as you want to, I'll be fine, but whats it doing to you? Complete with kick ass harmonica. For me an album high point. 'Sweet Carolina' speaks to the heart and brings a tear to my eye. Another favorite, but as a whole they're all great. Ryan Adams has had his heart broken and thank god, or we would never have got this album.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "gonzo_adam" on 19 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
Heartbreaker is the name of the album, and is perhaps prophetic of the albums effect on it's listeners... it broke my heart just listening too it, and this was during the happiest time of my 18 year life yet when i was personally as far from heartbreak as could be... or maybe not. You've got to have it to break it! But this album reminded me what it feels like to be heartbroken. But only the best bits, when the sun just starts to rise again. This, you must understand, is not a complaint!
Initially drawn into Ryan Adams by a friend who played me Come Pick Me Up (a track to which i was instantly addicted), i bought the album a week or so later. And instantly i was thrilled with the emotion that is woven between every song. Oh My Sweet Carolina is one of the best songs ive heard for a long time. Other tracks such as AMY, Winding Wheel and of course, Come Pick Me Up, make this album stand out from your average album. You see, this is far far from your average album!
Words to describe it are not in abundance because none quite seem to describe the whole album. So i'll just use about as bland a generalisation as i can and say this album is simply breathtaking. Don't expect guitar solos, dont expect drum riffs and dont expect to dance around. Expect instead to feel as if every emotional song on this incredible album was written for you. This isn't an album to jump around too. This is an album to identify with, this is an album to explain things to you. This is an album for your lowest low and your highest high. This is an album of reflection and celebration and comiseration.
Put simply, just buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Humphrey on 14 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
A bottle of red a packet of cigs and fifty two minutes later I feel as though I've been on a road trip with the man himself. Strangely uplifting at times you also feel like a beaten down puppy dog left at the side of a road in need of some tender loving care. This is not to say that Heartbreaker is depressing it simply explains Ryan's truism bleeding from his emotional blood.
A band member stuffs his mouth full of cookies and Ryan counts down rhymically into To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high) the most uplifting track on the album that makes me want to bounce of the walls of my bedroom each time I hear it. The rest of the album is rather down tempo from here on where tracks such as Oh My Sweet Carolina, Call Me On My Way Back Home, Come Pick Me Up and In My Time of Need really shine. Ryan's voice is so emotionally harmonised to solo performing that this album is the only one that realy captures his raw talent, along with part 1 and 2 of Love is Hell, Suicide Handbook and Demolition.
Well I could sit here and write everything about the nutter but I'll say one thing if you like Dylan, Neil Young, Hayden, Jackson Browne then this is for you. The best music talent since the Beatles and the Stones! Seriously!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
although not writing heartbreaker off, plenty of peolpe seem to say its a good 'blonde on blonde' rip off or something along those lines. certainly the first track sounds uncannily like rainy day women and there's plenty of harp playin to evoke big haired old bob from back in the day. this seems unfair a - because the first song really is wonderful in its own right and b - this record is far more ballad laden and openly country and whilst not depressing, down at heel and drunk in the early love lost hours anyways. plus theres chamberlains and strings and what have you that are rarely associated with bob if you want to miss the point and make a big boring Q magazine thing of it. bottom line is ryan adams isn't ripping anyone off really - this is just what he sounds like. i like the middle of the record best - from bartering lines through come pick me up but its all good. i would say 4 stars only because five star records are pretty rare beasts all in all. if you enjoy this record maybe you'd like the southern harmony and musical companion by the black crowes which is kind of on the same page. whatever, have a great time with this one xxx
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