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5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan proves the record company wrong...
The release of this first of two EPs coincides with the release of Ryan Adams' third solo album proper (not including last year's demos and offcuts collection, Demolition), Rock'n'Roll. The story goes that after $250,000 worth of recordings, Ryan presented his new album, entitled Love Is Hell, to his record company. Apparently, they refused to release it, saying that it...
Published on 3 Nov. 2003 by palettec

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3.0 out of 5 stars Another day another Ryan Adams album
This release puzzles me. It's the word 'EP' I take objection to. There's 45 minutes of music here and 10 songs. Why is this billed (and even sold at a reduced price) as an EP? Strange. You get the idea that this is somehow sub-par material, but in reality it is not. Okay, so there's a cover of "Wonderwall", but other than that what we get is 9 new songs in full band...
Published on 28 Nov. 2003 by sadantenna


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5.0 out of 5 stars four or five, I don't know, 3 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Love Is Hell Pt.1 (Audio CD)
Had to get a review on here quickly as this album impressed me so much on the first two listenings. It opens with a bit of a slow burner really, but tracks 2-5 all hit the right spot immeditely. The title track is a particular highlight as is the gloriously beautiful cover of wonderwall (contrary to my scepticism). The album then slows down drastically though it still contains some Adam's gems, notably Halloween and the brilliant avalanche. Excellent really...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and intelligent, 4 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Love Is Hell Pt.1 (Audio CD)
While "Rock'n'Roll", the official new album release from the highly productive Mr Adams, is a straight, hard-rocking album, "Love Is Hell Pt 1" is versatile and subdued. Artists that spring to mind when listening are Ed Harcourt, Jeff Buckley and even Coldplay; however Adams has produced a very personal and unique album which challenges the listener, but not without rewards.
Adams' singing has matured, his expression is no longer limited to that of a swaggering country-boy, but offers a varied palette; from the unusual punctuation in the beautiful yet different “Political Scientist” to the understated simplicity on his version of Oasis’ “Wonderwall”. The latter also features an uncanny background sound that adds a disturbing ambience to this cover song, which has been a live favourite at his shows during recent years.
The guitar-heavy arrangements from his previous albums have been replaced on this offering with a dreamy, often piano-based sound, although some tracks, such as “This House Is Not For Sale” almost returns to the country-rock of Whiskeytown. Another stand-out track is “World War 24”, and overall there are only one or two songs on the album that should better have been kept in the record company vaults.
"Love Is Hell Pt 1" is a beautiful and intelligent piece of work that will stand the test of time and I’m already looking forward to Part 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another day another Ryan Adams album, 28 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Love Is Hell Pt.1 (Audio CD)
This release puzzles me. It's the word 'EP' I take objection to. There's 45 minutes of music here and 10 songs. Why is this billed (and even sold at a reduced price) as an EP? Strange. You get the idea that this is somehow sub-par material, but in reality it is not. Okay, so there's a cover of "Wonderwall", but other than that what we get is 9 new songs in full band versions. Apparently these are songs from a scrapped album project called Love Is Hell.
So far so good. It's been 2 years and 2 months since Gold was released. That album is by far my favorite of all Ryan Adams albums. In the meantime we got a shabby collection of demos ( Demolition ) and a single with a couple of b-sides ("Nuclear"). Then now all of a sudden the man hits us with 40 songs in the space of a month ( Love Is Hell - Volume 2 is released a month from now containing 9 songs. The single "So Alive" comes with a total of 5 b-sides on 7", CD1 & CD2, Rock'n'Roll comes with 2 bonus tracks in Japan). So here I am trying to take it all in.
Love Is Hell - Volume 1 plays like an album. And that is good. I heard somewhere that the inspiration for this album was Disintegration, and while this is nowhere near as good as said album, I think you can detect the presence of Robert Smith in some of these songs. It reminds me more of the unfocused Bloodflowers though. And the plodding guitar and bass infernos of said melancholic band are sadly absent. But there's an air of introspection and an array of songs of the sort that Adams does so well: ballads.
So - if you're a fan of Ryan's earlier work and you are a bit afraid of what he's up to these days, then shell out for this one - not Rock'n'Roll. It's Ryan in a rut in a way, but Ryan-in-a-rut rules! Still I would have preferred the best of the two EP's as one album, because I doubt I'll return much to this after a few months. Even better - a single disc of the best songs from the two EPs AND Rock'n'Roll. Now there's an idea...
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