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4.0 out of 5 stars He can't be stopped...thankfully!, 11 Nov. 2002
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This review is from: Demolition (Audio CD)
Pitching this as a collection of songs cobbled together from a series of unreleased albums wouldn't normally sound particularly inviting; but then this is Ryan Adams, an artist currently so prolific that you'd imagine even Bob Pollard from Guided By Voices might soon give him a call and advise him to slow down a little.
Seemingly unstoppable at present, Adams managed to record a number of different albums over the last few months with a number of different bands, and rather than releasing a box set of the lot, the highlights were picked to make up "Demolition". Considering a supposed trip to a nearby Alanis Morissette gig last year inspired Adams to record one of the albums makes you wonder whether simply making a cup of tea could now unleash another flurry of song writing activity from The Boy Wonder.
Whilst "Demolition" doesn't quite match the brilliance of "Gold" this is still an extremely fine album. It won't perhaps win over his critics, but for the fans it's just another corking collection of tunes.
Starting with the highlights: "Nuclear", "You Will Always Be The Same", "Chin Up Cheer Up", "Cry On Demand" and "She Wants To Play Hearts" rate up their with his best compositions yet, and generally on this record Adams seems at his best when he keeps it low key and simple. The rockers (which served him well on "Gold") fall slightly flat here - namely "Starting To Hurt" and "Gimme A Sign", which both sound rather forced and out of place. "Tennessee Sucks" smacks of being a bit of a novelty tune, but still has a good vocal and sweet melody, whilst "Jesus (Don't Touch Me Baby)" is a slight foray into Radiohead territory that ultimately back fires.
If we're being honest it could be said this is a bit of a mixed bag - but when he's on form Adams just can't be beaten. Quite what direction the "official" follow-up to "Gold" will take we will have to wait and see.
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