|1. The Ballad Of Carol Lynn|
|2. Don't Wanna Know Why|
|3. Jacksonville Skyline|
|4. Reasons To Lie|
|5. Don't Be Sad|
|6. Sit & Listen To The Rain|
|7. Under Your Breath|
|8. Mirror, Mirror|
|9. Paper Moon|
|10. What The Devil Wanted|
|11. Crazy About You|
|12. My Hometown|
|13. Easy Hearts|
|14. Bar Lights/To Be Evil|
The sheer brilliance of Ryan Adam's "Gold" finally got me motivated to put it on again, and this time I actually gave it chance. What's pretty clear to me is that this album is a bit of a strange old fish because it is a real grower, and now I'm having trouble NOT playing it!
It puzzles me when I look back on reviews from magazines like Mojo, which implied this was the sound of a knackered band on it's last legs, whose major stars were just itching to get on with their solo careers, because it's utter rubbish! This is a great album which is full of soul that is utter infectious, and I'm starting to reach the opinion that it is better than "Strangers Almanac" (which is quite a claim).
Fans of Ryan's "Heartbreaker" or "Gold" should certainly pick this up without hesitation because it's a great, great record with a lot of heart and cracking good tunes!
As an all round album it is fantastic, of the 14 tracks I would only ever really skip two (Paper Moon and What the Devil wanted), and some of the other tracks I think rate up with the very best of Gold, Demolition and Love is Hell. Don't wanna know why, Crazy about you and Bar Lights are very catchy upbeat numbers, but it is definitely the slower numbers that mark this album out. Reasons to Lie is a taste of what is to come, but fails to scale the heights of my personal album favourties,Under Your Breath and Easy Hearts. Under Your Breath is a haunting, beautiful song which suits Adam's voice to perfection. Easy Hearts is quite a contrasting ballad. Bigger in sound, with the voices of Adams and Cary complementing each other with a beauty that would shine even without backing, I believe it is a song that Adams will probably never emulate whilst solo. If the money isn't right, can I be your's tonight, is a line that is bound to stick in your head, and this is an album that should certainly stick in your collection.
'Pneumonia' is remarkably good and despite the band reportedly falling apart whilst this was being recorded there is no hint of this in the music. Indeed, there are some nice touches in the production like leaving in Adams' closing remarks on 'Bar Lights' where he laughs at having forgotten the words and broken a string all in the same take before stating "F*** this, I'm goin' to the bar".
Proceedings kick of with 'The Ballad of Carol Lynn', a simple enough song with a range of instrumentation to bring it to life and compliment Adams' excellent vocals. This is followed by 'Don't Wanna Know Why' a breezy sounding country-pop song with effective violin parts and complimenting vocals from Caitlin Carey. 'Jacksonville Skyline' follows which is undoubtedly one of Adams' best songs to date, simple and stripped down sounding, exactly what the man does best. Later tracks continue the trend, 'Don't Be Sad' and 'Under Your Breath' are notable, as is 'Easy Heart' with its rustic violin sound with effective harmonising from Carey once again.
As an album, 'Pneumonia' flows well although 'Mirror, Mirror' and 'Paper Moon' undoubtedly stand out as different. The Beatles-esque sound of the former and crooning Mediterranean sounding latter seem a little out of place but are effective songs in their own right.... Read more ›
Possibley two of the finest Adams / Whiskeytown tracks include "Don't wanna know why" which is the most infectious and harmonious track going, with the brilliant "breathe in, breathe out.." refrain at the chorus, and "Bar Lights" a song with the most amazing rythmn and arrangement. Other reviews have alluded to the fact it is a grower, that's true, by the 3rd or 4th listen you'll set this album as the barometer to measure all others! PS. Best lyric ever on "Jacksonville Skyline..."I was born in an abundance of inherited sadness..." Absolutely first class.
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