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Jacksonville City Nights [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 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000BGH100
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kiss Before I Go
2. End
3. Hard Way To Fall
4. Dear John
5. Hardest Part
6. Games
7. Silver Bullets
8. Peaceful Valley
9. September
10. My Heart Is Broken
11. Trains
12. Pa
13. Withering Heights
14. Don't Fail Me Now

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Arguably the most eclectically prolific artist since Prince, Ryan Adams continues his chameleon revivalism with his most straight forward country music to date. Having evoked the inspiration of bands ranging from T. Rex to the Grateful Dead on previous solo releases, the former Whiskeytown frontman here channels the likes of Faron Young on "My Heart Is Broken," while framing the shot-and-a-beer opener, "A Kiss Before I Go," with honky-tonk piano and pedal steel. "Seems like I'm always movin'," he sings amid the rockabilly kick of "Trains," as the album finds his restless muse ranging from a dreamy duet with Norah Jones on "Dear John" to naked vulnerability reminiscent of John Lennon on "Silver Bullets." Only Adams would cut a track titled "The End" and sequence it second on the CD, or a song called "Peaceful Valley" and inject it with so much emotion. --Don McLeese

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CD Mercury, Records, Ltd (London) 9884907 Jewel Case 14 Track 2005

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, but a strong effort. 1 Jan 2007
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In 2005, Ryan Adams took his prolific nature to its limit - and subsequently drained himself for 2006, reduced to shoving a ton of drunken, sub-one-minute demos onto his website - by releasing four studio albums (two singles, one double) in one year. Jacksonville City Nights was the second part, his second album with new (sort of) solid backing group The Cardinals, and after the thrashy Rock 'n' Roll and the sprawling depression of Love Is Hell, it sees him returning to alt-country.

The results are patchy. Unsurprisingly for a man who released around 50 songs in 2005, quality control is somewhat lacking on Jacksonville City Nights, and there are some horrifying vocal turns in places, including one in the closing overs of 'The End' that very nearly ruins the song. His vocal stylings throughout the album seem to be Adams trying far too hard to fit into the country motifs his band are providing, and it often feels forced.

However, elsewhere, Jacksonville City Nights really shines with some of the gems of Adams' catalogue. It's mostly the waltzy, closing-time ballads which make this record so good - the whole album has the feel of Adams, scraggly beard and hair, sitting at a battered upright piano in a smokey bar with a blues band behind him. 'The End' is good, but even better songs lie elsewhere; the punning of 'Withering Heights'; the shuddering lap-steel guitars of slight opener 'A Kiss Before I Go'; the dual vocals of 'Dear John'; the lovely, stop-start 'Don't Fail Me Now'; and most importantly, the stunning, string laden UK bonus tracks 'Jeane' and particularly 'Always On My Mind.'

Cut down to maybe ten songs, this album could be a brief, beautiful diamond in Adams' catalogue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Continuing return to form' not needed 27 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
How tedious it is becoming to read yet another review of material by Ryan Adams which suggests that he is overrated or sporting the emperor's new clothes. Cold Roses was hailed as 'a return to form' by the music press in general. Okay, 'Rock'n'Roll' was a misguided venture, but 'Love Is Hell', 'Demolition', 'Gold' and 'Heartbreaker' hardly suggested that a return to form was required. 'Cold Roses' was excellent and so is 'Jacksonville City Nights'. More country flavoured, it has echoes of 'Heartbreaker' shot through it, and is a seriously affecting piece of work, worth the entrance fee for 'Always On My Mind' alone. I have read a number of ungracious reviews of this album, and would recommend that potential purchasers are not put off by them. Too much criticism of Ryan Adams confuses the quality of his output with the opinions he expresses. Bob Dylan loved to provoke the press in the sixties, but 40 years later he is now accorded the status of a genius. Ignore the carping, do yourself a favour and buy this lovely album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good - be patient if not instant for you 2 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
What a great album - go in with a completely open mind - Adams fans and those not so familiar alike - this is a fantastic album, feels really natural - not over polished, full band, you can hear (if you try hard enough) the (very infrequent) bum note or pop as a mic stand has been hit etc. The songs are fantastic, some instant, most you get the reward after several listens. Probably my favourite Ryan album at this moment. The Norah Jones duet is great, although I sometimes wonder if it fits with the rest of the albums feeling (?) My highlights would be The End, Pa, Wuthering Heights and Peaceful Valley - which sounds very "Cold Roses" in comparison with the rest of the album. If I had to describe this album in 3 words it would be beautiful, sweaty and oldschool (one word for review purposes). Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Less of the Alt. More of the Country 17 Oct 2005
By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Just like buses Ryan Adams albums have a habit of turning up in groups - this is the second of three planned releases this year - and, also like buses, the quality does vary. Any reader who remembers the contractual obligation of Rock'n'Roll a few years back and compares it to the casual easiness of the Love Is Hell 2 e.p. will surely agree.
Ryan Adams has come a long way since those record company threatening days and is now content to give his public exactly what they want: well written, pleasant and non controversial songs in the style of Whiskeytown. And that is what Jacksonville City Nights delivers with relish.
From the opening track 'A Kiss Before I Go' to the bonus finality of 'Always On My Mind' Ryan and the Cardinals add layer upon layer of pedal steel guitar and violin to emphasise the point that this is an artist in his maturity reflecting on wilder times and the home comforts forsaken for them. Many of the songs on the album - The End, The Hardest Part, September and PA among the cream - inform us of memories and family events, of troubles and victories with a frankness that recalls the very best of early Neil Young or post 'The River' Springsteen. The nearest of Adams' contemporaries who comes close to such honesty is Richmond Fontaine and there is a similar narrative running through this album to the latter's The Fitzgerald.
Jacksonville City Nights, then, finds Adams seemingly content with his lot and secure enough to explore his past with clarity and openness. We can but hope for more of the same on future albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Seriously Love this Album
The opening 2 Tracks opens the door to a great album
Music is like anything, is a matter of opinion, he is
Neil Young Gram Parsons a sprinkle of Bob Dylan
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Published 19 months ago by PaulMersey
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes its Time...
You have to be prepared to hang in there a bit with this one. At first listen the songs appear standard offerings, but after a while you start to notice the subtleties and nuances... Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by Barca 82
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album
Jacksonville City Nights was the second of three albums Ryan released in one year (2005), helping to cement his reputation as one of the most prolific songwriters of recent years. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2008 by le chic le freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan's 'Hank' moment
Well, it took me long enough, but I now realise this is a 'great' Ryan Adams album. Initially I was a little non-plussed at the sheer volume of his output, so maybe didn't give... Read more
Published on 3 April 2008 by Richard Neville
3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced
With a train song, a drinking song, several shooting songs, a whole heap of girl, you done me wrong songs, several deaths, and a body count to rival any western. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2008 by M. G. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning
How can a guy this young write songs this good? The depth on this album is extraordinary with songs that have the wistful quality of Whiskeytown but with the hallmark of Ryan Adams... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2008 by Neppo
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fabulous album
How can a guy this young write songs this good? The depth on this album is extraordinary with songs that have the wistful quality of Whiskeytown but with the hallmark of Ryan... Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2008 by Neppo
4.0 out of 5 stars a grower
took a while to get into this album.
was initially dissapointed.
thought it was too country for my liking. Read more
Published on 25 April 2007 by Andrew Ferguson
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I like the pedal steel sound, but apart from the opening track I was not impressed. I had high expectations for the album, but I was rather disappointed. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Genius again
I didn't like Cold Roses much but this is great. The country tinge is lovely and the sound is much more like how I like Ryan Adams to sound like - it's more similar to solo stuff. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2005 by Nick
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