ARTIST: Ryan Adams
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: #28 US, #22 UK
SINGLES: Nuclear (#37 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Hallelujah, Tennessee Sucks
LINEUP: Ryan Adams. There were 15 other musicians on here because the songs came from leftovers of three other albums. Ethan Johns plays on many, along with Bucky Baxter
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Splitting up three completed albums that were rejected or unfinished into one record, it sounds like an odds-and-sods record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There were four album sessions contained in these tracks, and it definitely sounds like it. Adams’ projects usually have a unifying sound or theme – but here it is scattered.
That’s not to say it’s not unlistenable – several tracks are quite good and a couple of them are his most popular. Yet while the divergence of styles shows his versatility, it doesn’t make a cohesive record.
All in all, this is a minor record in his oeuvre, which some moments but nothing that will make you listen to the whole thing. Of course, it was his highest charting album until 2007.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Now, Adams doesn’t like it since it split up three whole albums and used other sessions as well. I don’t blame him.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in Japan. More odds and sods for a jumble.
GRADE: B: I may be too harsh on it, as it does have some of my favorite Adams tunes, but it’s not really a cohesive project.