I'll be the first to admit it, I've haven't really heard much of Ryan Adams before today. The odd song from Gold which I liked but not much to say I was a fan. Reading a recent review for his latest album 'Rock'n'Roll' that described it as "stadium rock for the twentyfirst century" didn't really catch my interest but reading further on I unearthed a small paragraph that mentioned he had originally submitted an album called 'Love is Hell' which Lost Highway refused to release on the basis of it being "too dark, bleak and depressing". Well, being into dark, bleak and depressing stuff I was annoyed to read that Ryan then wrote a commercial album in the form of the previously mentioned Rock'n'Roll. As an afterthought the review mentioned that the material intended for the 'Love is Hell' album will be split onto two EP's; one released on the same day as Rock'n'Roll (Love is Hell part 1) and the other in December. Well, hooray! Oh, Lost Highway! What have you done!? This first EP is brilliant! From the washed out imagery of 'Political Scientist' and the Radiohead-esque 'Afraid not Scared' to the Epic and dark 'Shadowlands' and the totally devastating highlight 'Avalanche', Ryan bleeds out lyrics with the softest of voices backed by the melachonoly sounds of acoustic guitars and reverbed pianos. It would be great if this EP outsold the Rock'n'Roll album because the term 'cult status' is written all over these songs. If this is Hell then I can't wait for the second helping due in December! Bring it on.