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on 29 September 2002
While Gold was the crossover record he obviously wanted, it left a lot of fans of his earlier work cold with its MOR sheen and shameless aping of Neil Young/Bob Dylan/Van Morrison. Demolition isn't perfect, but it injects back a lot of the excitement and raw emotion that seemed to have been jettisoned.
To say this is supposedly a collection of throwaways, it beats what most artists deem their best material. Everyone will have different favourites, but whether you like Whiskeytown style rockers (Nuclear, Gimme A Sign) or the purer, Heartbreaker-type stuff (Dear Chicago, You Will Always Be The Same), I don't think most Ryan Adams fans will come away disappointed. The question for him next is not how he tops Gold, but how he tops this.
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on 26 September 2002
If you treat 'Demolition' as the collection of demos that it is rather than an album in its own right, it is a worthy addition to the Ryan Adams catalogue.
Admittedly, on first impressions it is nowhere near as good as 'Gold' or 'Heartbreaker' but there are enough quality songs to hold it together.
Opening track 'Nuclear' is an upbeat affair with a catchy guitar riff and beat. The song does sound a bit like U2 but Adams' distinctive vocal chords make it sound distinctively like himself!
Album highlight comes in the shape of 'Cry on Demand', a glowing, warm acoustic song that sees Adams' match his very best efforts. Admittedly, it is nothing fancy or new sounding but a quality song that effortlessly breezes through three and a half minutes and leaves you reaching for the repeat button.
Elsewhere on the album, Adams rotates between acoustic and more rockier numbers. 'Chin Up, Cheer Up' is the most 'country' sounding song he has recorded as a solo artist and makes for a nice change in style.
There is nothing overly special about these songs but this album will act as a nice fill in between 'Gold' and Adams' next album proper. 'Demolition' isn't going to raise Adams' reputation as an artist but at the same time it certainly won't to do it any harm.
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on 29 November 2012
I have all RA,s albums and some Whisky Town, but for some reason I missed this one, now that I have it I love it. It's a much easier record than some of his others, but for me doesn't spoil it.
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on 27 November 2010
simply a great album which as been listened to 100's of times. liked by people who would not normally listen to this type of music.
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on 10 May 2014
At its release it was battered by the critics & even if you read up on it in Wikipedia
RA is critical of it, I guess I am more of a fan of him than he is ! but honestly its worth
buying for Cry On Demand, Chin Up Cheer Up, & Dear Chicago, alone! and all the
others are excellent, he uses his various voice talents throughout the album, maybe
not his best but I rate it so highly
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on 12 January 2003
Demolition is an excellent taster for Ryan's next full album- although it doesn't flow like an album because what was intended is a collection of demos. Some high quality individual tunes show a slight change in direction for Ryan while remaining true to the style which fans know and enjoy. Recommended for fans of Ryan Adams, but people new to him should perhaps try Gold or Heartbreaker first.
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on 6 March 2015
One of my favorite R A albums. Desire will seduce almost anyone. A great CD for the car. It will suprise you - buy it.
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on 27 September 2002
Less a full blown follow up to Ryan's excellent last album - Gold more a selection of the dozens of songs he's recorded during the past year and a half. Having been culled from 5 seperate recording sessions the musical style swings from rocky county punk tracks such as "Nuclear" which sees Ryan backed by his band the Pink Hearts to more pared down acoustic numbers remaniscent of his debut solo album "Heartbeaker". This gives the album more of a compliation feel rather than creating and sustaining a consistent mood throughout the album. Having said that the quality of the songs is high throughout and in particular the opening 4 tracks can stand up to anything he's done in the past. Newcomers to Mr Adams work would be better advised to check out Gold but for current fans its an essential purchase.
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on 21 December 2014
Great album of stuff he was not originally going to release or demos hence Demo lution
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on 5 November 2014
Takes a few listens to get into. Very calming and reflective.
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