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Rock N Roll
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This album is completely different to all Ryan Adams other albums. Gone are the radio friendly polished alt-county masterpieces which have been recommended from people as diverse as Elton John and Noel Gallager and in comes punk rock classics which sound like a Greatest Hits record. "So Alive" is my personal favorite which is also the first single. The song features some amazing Jeff Buckley style falsetto vocals which contrast beautifully with the punk energy of the power pop chords. The UK versions includes an excellent bonus track "Hypnotixed" which sounds like it should have been on the US version as well. An essential purchase for fans and newcomer classic rock fans alike which deserves to make him a household name in the UK.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2004
When i first got this cd i was not really sure what to expect to be honest with you. Many of the reviews i have read of this cd said that it was rubbish and not worth buying, i disagree completely. As soon as the first song 'this is it' comes on it lures you to keep listening. The music on this album is basically like the title sugggest rock and roll and it is this genre and it's best. While this album is not as good as love is hell it is still a fantastic album that is deffiantly worth buying if you wan't some great music to listen to.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2006
This album is a weird and wonderful project, it's as if Ryan Adams is challenging the listener to work out who he is copying this time, but he certainly doesn't make some of the tracks very difficult to figure out. "This is it" is obviously Strokes (their first lp is "Is this it?" - Ryan is obviously a very confident boy!). Other examples are (hilariously) "Note to self: don't die" a Nirvana copy, and "Anybody wanna take me home" as close to The Smiths as it is possible to get.
Adams is obviously an exceptionally talented musician, his ability to write excellent songs in so many different styles is unparallelled.
By definition this is not an album to buy if you want to learn about Adams' own voice, for that try Heartbreaker or in his previous incarnation Pneumonia by Whiskeytown, nevertheless heartily recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2011
Yep that's right. Better even than "Heartbreaker", "Gold" or "Love is Hell". Adams gets everything right on this album which consistantly brilliant from start to finish. If you think about how many bands have thought they have made an album as great as this in the last decade then you're going to be listing alot of records. Reading pointless reviews about this album from people whining that it doesn't sound much like Gram Parsons makes me laugh because they are missing the point. Adams always loved his Husker Du just as much as his Willie Nelson and that's why he's one of the best songwriters around. It might have started as a two fingered salute at his record label but Adams just ends up having the last laugh with "Rock N Roll". Buy it now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2003
The one thing I love about this guy is that he never fails to amaze. I've read the reviews on here and the chap that slated this CD needs his head testing. Its a great compliment to Ryan's other CDs so far. Who wants to wait three years for an album that sounds like the last...its happened only recently (ok, Dido - I took my mine back saying it was a present and could I change it!). How prolific is this guy, and he never fails to please. If you have any Ryan Adams CD, you should get this one too. You wont regret it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2004
This album isn't gold and should not be criticized as such. Its different, and thats what makes adams so interesting. When i first bought it, on first listen i wasn't sure but this is only because of previous experience of Adams and its such an obvious departure in style. Give it another couple of listens and you'll realise its actually really good! See him live and it makes complete sense! There are some great tracks on this record, too many to list really.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2004
Rock and roll is a very good title indication for what the album holds. Anyone holding out for 'Gold' Mark II will be extremely disappointed as this 'official' follow up is a definate contrast to that album. This shows Adams fresh in dispute with his record company over the 'love is hell' album, retaliating with an angry, out and out 'rock and roll' record.
The results show Adams still very prolific (rumoured to be written and recorded over two days) but with his rock influences very much present throughout. The examples are unmistakable with 'shallow' sounding like a cross between t-rex and oasis and 'this is it' which wouldnt sound out of place on a strokes album!
To be fair to Ryan Adams this album proves that he can pull off anything he puts his mind to. 'Does anybody wanna take me home?' is my pick of the album showing the Adams emotional side that many have become accustomed to. The single 'So Alive' is a good indication of what the album sounds like so recommended to anyone who also likes that particular track.
From getting used to this new sound of Ryan Adams it is well worth between three and four stars but personally anyone looking to get into Ryan Adams post Gold should maybe look at puchasing the 'Love is Hell' cds which remarkably the record company didnt pick up on. For the time being though this is a good addition to the Ryan Adams collection which seems to grow more rapidly than any other alternative musicians working today!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
To cut to the chase, as it were. Rock N Roll is a great record. It's a fun, loud and upbeat "car" record. Don't buy Rock N Roll expecting another Heartbreaker or Gold. Just buy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2004
After his previous three solo releases, I was greatly anticipating this album. It dissapointed.
It just seems a bit too polished and commercial for Mr Adams. Even more than Gold. Rock N Roll is the best song on the album and it totaly contradicts it's title being very solum, almost suicidal.
I have just listened to it for the first time since last year, and it has grown on me. In the end though this just appears to be Ryan sticking his finger up at Lost Highway Records for not allowing him to release the far superior Love is Hell. (Which is thankfully out now in two parts on CD and complete on Vynal.)
I still recomend you buy it, but this is more 'pop' than the other albums.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2004
I was brought to the attention of Ryan Adams by hearing that he'd worked with Billie Joe Armstrong, being a die hard Green Day fan I forced myself to hear the song 'Do Miss America', and was instantly stunned by the instrumental and vocal talents of Ryan Adams! I bought the album, 'Rock n Roll' and I contine to be impressed by it no matter how much I listen to it!The Highlights of the album have to be 'This Is It', with a sweet, sweet melody and Ryan's Signature vocal sound this is a very good way to start the album!
'Shallow' starts off with a bluesy guitar melody and big drums witch give a very catchy edge to the structure of the song!
The Single 'So Alive', is the most popular song on the the album, but this song shows no-ware near the capabilities of The man himself!
By far the best song on the album is 'Burning Photographs'. This song has a very catchy, three chord guitar delay riff, and it just wont get out of your head once you hear it.
The rest of the album is also excelent, my only regret is that Ryan Broke his wrist, and wont be able to tour europe now :(, but theres always next year I suppose!:)
2 Words, BUY IT!!!!!
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