I am a huge Ryan Adams fan whether he rocks or not. Alt-country or Punk, doesn't matter, that is not the point here. I am not like the other reviewers who longed for "Whiskeytown." I do however think this CD is not one of his best at all. It is not a coherent effort. It is very hit or miss. Now being inconsistent is nothing new in the world of dirty rock and roll, but that doesn't make it OK or does it?
***** = great
**** = good
*** = fair
** = bad
* = sh*t
no star = pure unadulterated vomit
***** 1) This is it: Great rockin tune, gravel vocals, nice hook.
**** 2) Shallow: Borrowing the "Bang a Gong" riff, Catchy hook.
** 3) 1974: Riff from "Cinnamon girl," Bon Scott vocals.
*** 4) Wish you were here: Can't place the rift, but its borrowed. I like the lyrics though.
***** 5) So alive: The Ryan we know and love. A bit of U2 thrown in.
*****6) Luminol: Great vocals, cool lyrics. 80's punk riff. Catchy.
**** 7)Burning photographs: "Detachable Penis" riff thrown in. Good song writing, perfect vocals.
*** 8) She's lost total control: U2 riffs abound. Nice hook,
solid song writing, I can do without the psychedelic ending though.
** 9) Note to Self; don't die: There's that Neil Young riff again. Alice cooper vocals eww[...] Since when can Parker Posie sing?
*** 10) Rock n Roll: cool song. Piano, quiet vocals.
**** 11) Anybody wanna take me home: Perfect drunk in a bar after breaking up song. Ryan's as we know him, great song writing.
*** 12) Do Miss America: Corny lyrics, not a great song at all. OK hooky chorus.
***** 13) Boys: Ryan rocks. Great Pop song, punky hook, cool lyrics, U2 riff still around.
*** 14) The drugs not working: This songs not working, corny lyrics, There is a good song in there somewhere he just didn't find it.