by Ryan AdamsRyan Adams

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Ryan Adams has become more than alt-country's poster boy. The onetime Whiskeytown frontman has seen his star on the rise since the release of his sleeper solo debut, Heartbreaker, in 2000. Those who missed that album's more intimate, lovelorn vibe in Adams's rockin' major-label entrée, Gold, will find plenty of winsome heartache on Demolition. Collecting 13 songs recorded over five recording sessions (each of which produced an album's worth of material!), the disc allows fans to play catch-up with the ultra-prolific singer-songwriter. Minus Gold's classic-rock stylings, Demolition leans heavily on spare acoustic ballads but also makes room for lushly arranged rockers ("Nuclear," "Starting to Hurt"), twangy country tunes (the Whiskeytown-redolent "Hallelujah"), and garage punk-fueled numbers (the Replacements-charged "Gimme a Sign"). But Adams achieves full creative steam on the set's intimate ballads, such as the aching "Desire," which sets Adams's dog-eared vocals against acoustic strumming and a lonesome harmonica line; the meditative, piano-driven "Cry on Demand"; and the delicate "Tomorrow," which pairs him with the honey-voiced Gillian Welch. "Chin Up, Cheer Up" reflects an admitted Dylan influence in Adams's weathered delivery, and the presence of lap steel player Bucky Baxter, a former Dylan sideman, adds a touch of authenticity. This is Adams's show, though, and it's the diversity and depth of his talent that make Demolition, and his career thus far, so notable.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0008817033310
catalogNumber: 170333
Rank: 28705


  1. Nuclear
  2. Hallelujah
  3. You Will Always Be the Same
  4. Desire
  5. Cry on Demand
  6. Starting to Hurt
  7. She Wants to Play Hearts
  8. Tennessee Sucks
  9. Dear Chicago
  10. Gimme a Sign
  11. Tomorrow
  12. Chin Up, Cheer Up
  13. Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ryan Adams   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar
Ethan Johns   Hammond Organ,Ukulele,Background Vocals,Electric Guitar,Bass,Drums
Greg Leisz   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Brad Rice   Electric Guitar
Gillian Welch   Background Vocals
Chris Stills   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Sheldon Gomberg   Bass
Julianna Raye   Background Vocals
Bucky Baxter   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Mikael Andersson   Dobro
Michael Blair   Djembe
Svante Henryson   Cello
John Paul Keith   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Producer,Engineer
Warren Peterson   Engineer
Gina R. Binkley   Art Direction
Ryan Adams   Producer,drum machine,Art Direction
Luke Lewis   Producer
Michael Blair   Producer
Chad Brown   Engineer
Frank Callari   Producer,Artist Development
David Domanich   Producer,Engineer

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