Jul 13, 2012

Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker (2000)

Dumbass next Dylan claims from nostalgic/lazy critics hyped this or didn't hype it enough ('being derivative of Dylan' not allowing for the record to be assessed by its own merits, only shortcomings). True, he makes the effort to write a song for some generation with the opener To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High), and that's a good one too, but Adams seems to enjoy himself more and also just sound better when Heartbreaker is more downer country-ish- his duet with Emmylou Harris being the highlight. Adams fans often have a shitty time thinking their hero should actually release less, and unfortunately there's that same fault with Heartbreaker: c'mon man, you didn't need to put all 15 tracks you recorded on this! True, real fans probably don't think Shakedown on 9th Street is a waste of time, or that there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to Adams at his best, but they're crazy. Despite its inconsistency, Heartbreaker rulz. Just look at all these A+++++ country songs:

My Winding Wheel, AMY, Oh My Sweet Carolina, Call Me on Your Way Back Home, Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains), Come Pick Me Up, Why Do They Leave?, Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st

8 out of 15 crazy good tracks is the kind of thing you usually get from a best of, but it's all Ryan Adams as a bummed out guy with an awesome voice and producer circa 2000




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