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say it with roses,
This review is from: Cold Roses (Audio CD)
2005 may well go down in history as the Year of Adams with this the first of three promised albums to see the light of day. If the other two are anywhere near as good as Cold Roses then we are indeed blessed.
Two discs, nineteen tracks, more pedal steel than a Nashville wedding reception and the sort of lyrics that make grown men reach for the paper hankies - this is Ryan Adams back to the sort of form which last surfaced on Demolition. Cold Roses boldly states Adams' many influences without ever nosediving into parody or irony - Neil Young, Springsteen, Dylan and Lucinda Williams could all have written such emotive gems as 'How Do You Keep Love Alive', 'Easy Plateau' or 'Cherry Lane' while the rockier numbers such as 'Let It Ride' and 'Beautiful Sorta' recall the heady days of Whiskeytown.
Adams' new band, The Cardinals are a receptive and talented quartet who do the music more than justice with the aforementioned pedal steel of Cindy Cashdollar and the classic 50s Country sound of JP Bowersock's electric guitar deserving special mention.
'Rock'n'Roll' and 'Love Is Hell' certainly had their detractors and doom merchants but these should be (hopefully) silenced by this long overdue return to form. May this be the first of Ryan Adams' successful trio for '05.