Cold Roses

Cold Roses

by Ryan Adams & the CardinalsRyan Adams & the Cardinals


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In an age where cockiness seems to be the deadliest sin for a rock performer, Ryan Adams takes great joy in boasting of his titanic talent -- a habit that might be annoying if he didn't also follow the path of Muhammad Ali, who once noted, "It ain't bragging if you can back it up." This two-disc set -- the first of three planned 2005 releases -- readily affirms the singer-songwriter's high self-esteem, seeing how much he stretches his stylistic wings. In contrast to his previous album, an electrically charged homage to Rock N Roll, Cold Roses, could be dubbed Adams's "hippie" album, rife as it is with languid melodies, loping guitar lines, and mellowed-out delivery. The latter element is most surprising, particularly the ethereal, Grateful Dead–styled amble Adams adopts for "Easy Plateau" and the loping folkiness that drapes "Sweet Illusions," a nod to Harvest-era Neil Young. Even the country-tinged offerings -- which Adams embraces more lovingly here than he has in years -- seem more suited for a quiet cabin in the woods than a rowdy roadhouse, especially "Let It Ride," one of three songs to feature the vocals of Rachael Yamagata. The album isn't strictly given over to summer-of-love sweetness, of course -- Adams is too surly to let that happen -- and rockers like the ragged-but-right love paean "Beautiful Sorta" caffeinate the proceedings often enough to prove that. Cold Roses, however, isn't about working up a sweat, it's about self-assessment -- a look in the mirror in the cold light of day. And fittingly for a restless rocker, Adams uses these songs to admit that he doesn't always like what he sees.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0602498805022
catalogNumber: 000434302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals   Primary Artist
Cindy Cashdollar   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Ryan Adams   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
J.P. Bowersock   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Catherine Popper   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Rachael Yamagata   Piano,Vocals
Brett Pemberton   Drums,Vocals
Brad Pemberton   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Cindy Cashdollar   Composer
Tom Schick   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ryan Adams   Composer
J.P. Bowersock   Composer
Catherine Popper   Composer
Tom Gloadly   Engineer
Andy West   Art Direction
Brad Pemberton   Composer

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