Cold Roses was the first of three albums released by Ryan Adams in 2005, and signaled a return to top form for gentleman Adams. Cold Roses has sold only about half the number of copies as Adams’ more popular albums such as Gold and Heartbreaker. Nonetheless, it is probably as good as either of those albums, but was often overlooked by casual fans. Of course this was most likely due to the high quantity of material that prolific songwriter released between 2003-2005 – not to mention the fact that many of those albums contained as many moments of brilliance as they contained disappointments. Indeed, this isn’t an album to overlook. It was recorded with the Cardinals (who also backed Adams on his second album from 2005: Jacksonville City Nights) at Loho Studios in New York City, and is warm, relaxed and country inspired. For these reasons, it is the perfect pairing for the easy-to-prepare, warm, flavorful pane integrale featured today on eating/sf. This is a fantastic recipe, and it probably goes without saying, but homemade bread is always worth the effort. Likewise, Cold Roses, which features Adams at the top of his game and embracing his strengths as a songwriter and vocalist, is an album not to be missed.
Cold Roses was released as a two-set LP that is intended to be listened to as two complimentary recordings. The first disc opens with “Magnolia Mountain,” evincing the Cardinals effortlessly taping and rolling through easy-going country/folk and perfectly playing alongside Adams at his best. Then on “Sweet Illusions”, complimented by a ringing guitar melody, we hear Adams’ vocals reaching towards their full power demonstrating warmth, emotion and a soaring energy as he sings “And I ain’t got nothing but love for you.” “Meadowlake Street” begins as a beautiful stripped-down and restrained ballad before growing organically upon itself and slowly reaching its peak form. It is another highlight. As is the whiskey bar rock n’ roll of “Beautiful Sorta,” which is a personal favorite because of its free-spirited and nearly drunken abandon. Its a country-rock song that feels familiar and invitingly upbeat. Adams embraces countless country tropes (vocal, instrumental and lyrical) on the shuffling and unburdened “Cherry Lane.” Indeed, these tracks are the types of songs that are perfectly suited to Adams’ best qualities as a musician. He is laid back, assured and full of flourish. Disc 2 contains an equal number of memorable tracks including the smooth opening song “Easy Plateau” and the rollicking “Let It Ride.” You can buy the Cold Roses LP at Amazon.
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