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Great album - probably his best IMO.
We haven't had a Ryan Adams thread in a while have we?
It does have some of his best songs.
It is such a shame that it didn't get the attention it deserved upon release. If you don't remember, Lost Highway refused to release it as the didn't think it was very good, so Ryan made Rock n Roll as a bit of a pisstake and Lost Highway released that as the 'proper' album and relegated Love is Hell to a sideshow by releasing it as two seperate EPs. The Ryan Adams saga really is a great example of a record company balls up.
I bought it as two separate EPs rather than one album. Rock n Roll did sell better though, so I am not sure who the joke was on.
It only sold better because it was marketed as the 'proper' new album. Once Love is Hell was released as one album, people had already bought the two EPs.
In fact, you could argue that it actually turned 10 in November 2003 as the first EP came out on the same day as Rock n Roll. I remember buying both from MVC!
(^Japanese edition only)
...are great bonus tracks.
I really like this one and 29.
it's really scattergun. not a big fan of the oasis cover but a lot of great songs on this album. could've done with an edit.
He definitely could have removed a few tracks. Political Scientist in particular.
how that song was written while listening to a lot of Coldplay - hence the title (Politik / The Scientist)
Afraid Not Scared is (apparently) about the Leonardo Di Caprio death scene in Titanic!
once where he mentioned his upcoming Love Is Hell album (before all the label shit) and I swear he said it had less tracks than it ended up with. Guess he kept on writing, what with the delay.
Great album - yeah maybe his best (although not my personal fave).
Genuinely think The Suicide Handbook and 48 Hours are his most cohesive works. 48 in particular would be so highly revered if it had been released. It does EVERYthing people love about him and nothing that people hate. It also has Just 11 tracks.
I think 'Demolition' feels surprisingly cohesive considering it is drawn from multiple unreleased albums, including the ones you mention.
Love is Hell was originally meant to be the results from just one session and was like 10 or 11 songs.
If you look on this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Is_Hell_(Ryan_Adams_album) the New Orleans session was the original one.
the title track from Rock n Roll came from the Love is Hell sessions - if you check the whole record is credited to Adams and Johnny T apart from that song, which is the same as the LiH New York sessions lineup.
I also assumed that this song was not part of the Love is Hell sessions? Fits pretty well on Love is Hell though.
and the version of Anybody Wanna Take Me Home on that is the Rock N Roll one. Weird.
...should have been released as the follow up to Gold. That was another example of the record company fucking things up. They really didn't know what to do with Ryan Adams at that time. 'Demolition' was a compromise that didn't work, and then with all the Rock n Roll/Love is Hell stuff, his commercial career stalled a bit and he has never really recovered.
I've loved most of his work and am certain he would have been huge/might still be performing properly if he'd had a confident label behind him.
"still performing properly" mean?
Easy Tiger sold reasonably well by his standards, so I don't think the blame can be placed solely at failing to immediately follow up on Gold's success. His music has been neither consistent nor commercial enough since then to be as successful.
WANNA TAKE MEEEE HOOOoooommMMMEEE
Think Cold Roses might be my favourite y'know.
Afraid Not Scared
This House Is Not For Sale
Anybody Wanna Take Me Home?
When The Music Don't Come
Love Is Hell
English Girls Approximately
City Rain, City Streets
Fuck The Universe (f/k/a Faker)
Notes: Ryan Adams Aussie Mag interview: "It's done. We went into the studio on Monday (Sept 2) and we finished on Friday (Sept 6). ... It's 11 songs, no B-sides, and it's called Love is Hell. I can't even listen to it yet because it's so spooky. It sounds like someone possessed. It's like someone on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Or on the verge of a nervous breakthrough. The minute it was done I felt better. It's definitely the most intense record I've ever done."
of Love is Hell?
but this has the full list of what was recorded in which session http://mega-superior-gold.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/love-is-hell.html
'cause you're fast asleep
but I love you now
I don't know...I just always thought it was a marketing ploy by Lost Highway after Wilco got so much attention the year before with the YHF thing.
It just didn't seem very Lost Highway. This is the same label he released 3 records in one year with not too long after this. Always struck me as weird.
Still a great record though (or 2 eps as I heard it)
It did seem strange. I had assumed that Love is Hell was rejected by Lost Highway, as it wasn't a very 'country' record. However, in that case, i find it very hard to believe that they were thrilled with Rock n Roll!
...as much as they weren't sure what to do with it. 'Gold' had already moved his music beyond alt-country (and not for the better), so you can understand why the label were not sure where Adams was heading musically.
Then again, I also didn't know there was a single disc version of Love is Hell either. That'll learn me for buying the EPs when I they came out. For the record Part 1 > Part 2. And I love Political Scientist.