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  • Audio CD (May 11 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0001ZMX68
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Political Scientist
2. Afraid Not Scared
3. This House Is Not For Sale
4. Anybody Wanna Take Me Home
5. Love Is Hell
6. Wonderwall
7. The Shadowlands
8. World War 24
9. Avalanche
10. My Blue Manhattan
11. Please Do Not Let Me Go
12. City Rain, City Streets
13. I See Monsters
14. English Girls Approximately
15. Thank You Louise
16. Hotel Chelsea Nights

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Japanese only 2 CD re-issue of his ace 2003 album now includes a bonus disc of seven additional tracks, three of which were only released on the UK EP's, 'Halloween', 'Caterwaul', 'Fuck the Universe' and the remaining four are previously unreleased; 'Twice as Bad as Love', 'Father's Son', 'Gimme Sunshine' and 'Black Clouds'. 23 tracks in all. Universal. 2007. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer on May 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
A mere 5 months after the second "Love is Hell" EP was issued, Lost Highway Records now has the audacity of issuing the "Love is Hell" album "as intended by the artist". Presumably to entice the fans, one bonus track is added ("Anybody Wanna Take Me Home") but is anyone fooled by this quick money-grabbing job? (Or might the fact that "Rock N Roll", the label-ordered replacement, and horrible, album rightfully sank like a stone almost immediately upon its release last November, have something to do with this?)
"Love Is Hell" (16 tracks, 65 min.) is of course the true follow-up album to 2001's "Gold" and a great collection of Ryan Adams whining and pining at his best. Standout tracks include "This House is Not For Sale", the haunting Oasis-cover "Wonderwall", "The Shadowlands", "I See Monsters" and "Hotel Chelsea Nights".
Nothing wrong with the music here. Why the label rejected this album is a mystery (probably the same suits that rejected Wilco's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"). To now issue "Love is Hell" as a true album, mere months after issuing this same collection of songs on separate EPs, is outrageous. I used to think Lost Highway Records was a cool label, not like the "major" labels. Guess I've been proven wrong...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Love is Hell" had a weird, twisted path before it finally settled on this smoky all-in-one album. Singer/songwriter Ryan Adams churns out visions of lonely hotel rooms and rainy nights, with only a few duds along the way. It's a wonderful return to spare, well-written rock with a country-bluesy edge.
Adams starts off with a sweet piano solo that blossoms into the thoughtful "Political Scientist." Then he sets off on a slightly uneven path of downbeat ballads ("Afraid Not Scared," the piano-led "Avalanche") and meditative rockers (the slow "City Rain City Streets," the bland title song), before rounding off on the melancholy "Hotel Chelsea Nights."
The story of "Love is Hell" is a little strange. Adams created the "Love is Hell" album, only to have it rejected, split in half and released separately, then mashed back together as a single disc. Music execs -- who knows what they think? But the single-disc "Love is Hell" is in some ways better than its separate halves. It feels more cohesive and smooth.
Adams eschews the usual rock instrumentals for a sleeker sound, full of piano solos and spare guitar riffs. His singing is sad, but shows signs of optimism; he wears his heart on his sleeve, and uses it as a guitar pick. And the songwriting is at worst good, at best excellent. "I am going to push them away/falling through the leaves of the winter trees/drowning slowly..." he tells us. And he sounds like he means it.
Now one album (as it was meant to be), Ryan Adams' "Love is Hell" is a dark, chilly, whisky-soaked collection of outstanding rock'n'roll. Love may be hell, but it's a well-crafted hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By momo_adachi on Nov. 17 2005
Format: Audio CD
I look at Love Is Hell like I do most of Adams' albums. All of them are drawing on the tradition of concept albums. Each is self-contained and follows its own codes and conventions. When we think we have Adams all figured out, he hits us with a curve ball, something totally different from the previous one. After a long, complicated story (which I wasn't a part of since I'm a fairly new fan), Love Is Hell was born.
What can I say about Love Is Hell that hasn't already been said? I could say it's brilliant, but we know that. I could talk about the standout tracks, but each track slips easily and sadly into the next one and the next one. Adams hits us in this delectable offering, with lyrics that are downright, dirty depressing. These are not happy songs. They talk about drug-addicted parents, good people's children succumbing to a cruel world, lost loves, being alone, and all of them denote a feeling of utter hopelessness. The album's title track is oddly humorous, but to the point where it's even sadder. But regardless of this inherent depression, this album is like nothing else ever heard by human ears. It is immensely complicated in its delivery, and completely emotional. If one can argue that it is a concept album, it would be easy to say that Adams' character in this utter work of art is a genius (judging by the clever lyrics and the lyrics of the opening track, 'Political Scientist') who has just lost everything, and is on the road to ruin. At the end of the album, he is alone in a room at the Hotel Chelsea, reflecting on his life and losses, and discusses how tired he is of the room and 23rd Street. He's high and lonely. And this is where it leaves us. We can only assume the outcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
Raise your hand if you feel like a complete idiot for buying both EP's. Should've known this would happen.
Ryan Adams has amazed me once again, coming onto this melodic piece from the much guitar driven "Rock N' Roll". While that album worked good as a whole, showcasing Adams' appreciation for the bands he loves and his somewhat blatant atempt to rip them off, (I mean that in a good sense), "Love is Hell" perhaps worked better as two halves, since both had a different message to send. Part 1 seemed to be the more experimental half, since most songs drifted off of the chorus onto a more musical path, instead of lyrical one. Part 2 had more familiar sounding songs (probably the stronger of the two) as well as beautiful melodies, but it was still unique in a sense as well.
As a whole album, you can't deny the standout songs. Songs like "Please Do Not Let Me Go" and "I See Monsters" remind us of melodically and lyrically strong songs on "demolition". "This House is Not For Sale" and the title track are also wonderfully simple songs with sticking hooks and choruses. And let's not forget the song that fueled album sales, as well as the standout track of Part 1, his cover of Wonderwall, probably the best cover song I've heard since the early day covers of blues hits. He shaped it to be his own song, and we forget sometimes that it was already a hit in the 90's.
Most of the album is well crafted, and I can't imagine why the record company at first wouldn't let him release it. Alas, there are some misses. "Political Scientist" has a wailing a la Morrisey, it seems alomost overdone. "The Shadowlands" also drifts off into nothingness, you forget you're listening to a song.
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