Friday, 18 December 2009

Dec. 17th: Dancing little marionette, are you happy now?

Ryan Adams-Gold (Lost Highway,2001)

Gold is Ryan Adam's second solo album, after 2000's Heartbreaker. It was meant to be a double album but isn't, condensed onto a single disc (and a limited 5 track bonus side/CD) in order to allow the record label to pay him less money. It still lasts over 70 minutes; at 16 tracks the initial impression when I listened to it was 'it's overlong', and it is. There are undoubtedly a lot of good songs here but about halfway through my mind began to wander. It appears you really can have too much of a good thing.
When Adams is good, he's very good- see for example the much-covered 'When The Stars Are Blue', 'Answering Bell', 'Somehow, Someday'. My tolerance for alt. country rock wavered at the nearly 10-minute-long 'Nobody Girl' the time 'Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd' rolled around I was pressing fastforward willing the Adams overdose to end. Which is a shame, really, because this is a genuinely great album, in small doses.

1 comment:

  1. Ha...shame you didn't like it, I've never had a change to listen to much Ryan Adams myself, someone told me he's similiar to the late great Elliot Smith. Is this true? Any way, come join me on my music blog for the 100 days project maybe. We can swap notes!