ARTIST: Ryan Adams
TITLE: Rock N Roll
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: #33 US, #41 UK
SINGLES: This Is It, So Alive (#21 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Shallow, Wish You Were Here
LINEUP: Ryan Adams, Jonathan Flaugher, Paul Garisto, Johnny McNab, Johnny Pisano, Tony Shanahan, Johnny T. Yerington with help from Billie Joe Armstrong, Melissa Auf der Mar, and Parker Posey.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After his record company held the release of Love Is Hell, Adams slammed this rock album out quickly, and it’s a darn good rock record.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: For a quick fix substitute record, this is darn good. Adams luckily had a pretty large backlog of songs, so he was able to pull these out and record them in a short amount of time in two studios.
It’s imperfect (like most of Adams’ records, since he’s prolific he tends to throw everything against a wall), but when it works the hooks, melody, and sonic palette all combine for a nice rock-and-roll sound with enough variation so you don’t get bored.
From stem-to-stern, it’s decent enough to keep you listening. Adams did an admirable job in this pinch hit of a record.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Love Is Hell was released as two EPs, and then a combined album. It’s a much different animal than this one, or anything else Adams had done.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A bonus track for Europe and one for Japan
GRADE: B+: By no means a masterpiece, it’s got enough good songs that make it worth having..