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Old 06-27-2007, 02:13 PM   #196
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Berkeley, CA has been added.

Berkeley Community Theater 7/24


Onsale to General Public:
Sun, 07/01/07 10:00 AM PDT

PRODUCED BY LIVE NATION
RYAN ADAMS
& THE CARDINALS
BERKELEY COMMUNITY THTR.
MILVIA AT ALLSTON WAY
TUE JUL 24 2007 8:00 PM
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Old 06-27-2007, 02:42 PM   #197
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I enjoyed your review, BC. I'm in agreement with you about Sheryl Crow. I had made it through the entire album before I saw her name in the credits and thought, "Oh yeah! She's supposed to be on here..." But I didn't notice her at all and had no clue which song she sang on. I'm not a fan of hers, so the less I notice her, the better, I suppose.

I'm really liking this album too and agree with a lot of your takes on the songs. Some fine, fine lyrics on this album.

Loving Halloweenhead and I Taught Myself... right now.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:05 AM   #198
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He was also on Letterman last night, I should have shared that sooner. It's on YouTube though:

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Concerning Letterman, there's also a web exclusive video of "I Taught Myself How To Grow Old".

http://www.cbs.com/latenight/latesho...p/924154.phtml
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this may be my other Sam's Town, the album everyone seemed to hate but with every lsiten I give it, it only seems to get better like fine, bum wine. OMG, Sun, Silence, Tears, Pearls, Girls, Broadway, Hearts ..these are some nice fucking songs, short and sweet. Is it his best album? Of course not, but for those who want that, well he has much time ahead of him and I doubt he'll be slowing down with the music.

After seeing his Letterman performance last night, Two is starting to grow on me,
as is Halloweeen, I came to the conclusion that the song that really sticks out and is hard for me to like is Rip Off...
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:47 PM   #202
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this may be my other Sam's Town, the album everyone seemed to hate but with every lsiten I give it, it only seems to get better like fine, bum wine.
Well, Sam's Town is completely useless. Who here hates Easy Tiger? I think it's great.
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Goodnight Rose - The most Cold Roses-ish song on the album, so I like it.

Two - Decent, but vintage Ryan. I feel like I've heard this one from his twenty times before.

Everybody Knows - I actually like this one. Nice chorus.

Halloweenhead - Stupid as hell, but still one of my favorites on the album. A big dumb fun song.

OMG - Pretty little song. Not bad by any means.

Tears of Gold - I don't care for this song at all.

The Sun Also Sets - The best song on the album, despite the verses (musically) being terrible.

Off Broadway - I loathe this song. By far the worst song on the album and one of his worst ever.

Pearls on a String - Not my cup of tea.

Rip Off - Unremarkable.

Two Hearts - Unremarkable

These Girls - Just okay.

Taught Myself - A waste of a beautiful, sad harmonica part. The way he delivers "I taught myself how to grow" is grating and unimaginative.


By my estimation, the first half of the album is exponentially better than the second, but I've always found Ryan albums a bit top heavy. I just don't think there are that many good songs on the album and the whole thing feels kind of mailed in.

Goodnight Rose, Everybody Knows, Halloweenhead, and The Sun Also Sets are pretty good, so the album does have a few redeeming qualities. After about 6 listens, though, I'm ready to crown this the biggest disappointment of 2007.
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I LOVE Sam's Town. Makes me feel like a freak.
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Well, Sam's Town is completely useless. Who here hates Easy Tiger? I think it's great.
Most of the later critics seemed to loathe it, or loathe Ryan himself, half the time it's hard to tell if they're even reviewing the album or whining about Ryan being too whiny and bitchy. From what I've gathered at Ryan forums and here, nobody seems to like Off Broadway, which for some reason I really do. To me, the song really embodies the feeling of longing without it feeling contrived or forced, It would've easily fit in Love is Hell.
I suppose a great fault of the album is just that, nothing smacks you in the face with creativity or freshness, the songs are like "oh, it's ryan adams", I've already grown to like them because they're easy going and pretty, really reminds me of what it means to be a singer/songwriter.

Personally, the biggest fault of this album is that the lyrics are mediocre. I don't know how other people feel about his lyrics in general, but I've always thought them to be top notch, artistic, genuine, brilliant, heartfelt, simple, beautiful, haunting and whatever other adjective comes to mind when I think of all the great shit he's been putting out since Whiskeytown.
Easy Tiger lyrics are just there, they're good but not great, they don't stay and torture my mind like any one song from his brilliantly crafted 2005 releases. The music itself didn't really grow, it probably took a few steps back. I suppose of it where up to me he would be doing something more in vein of Cold Roses, even 29, something loose, wandering yet beautiful. But I suppose that's Ryan Adams, he just does what he wants (or is in t his case...his record label?)..

But still, I'm enamored by his music, It's too late, I'm hooked. He's one of those handful of artists that I somehow always come around to like even their lesser stuff. Flaming Lips, Springsteen, Wilco, Radiohead, U2, Waits, Dylan, Sad Dracula and uhh....recently...Babyshambles

it's like and at the same time
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elevation2u, I couldn't agree more with that post. Well everything except I've never heard of Sad Dracula(but probably will check them out now).

There are some great lines there, just not great entire lyrics...

The only other complaint I have is that the songs are just too damn short...



I read an interview, I can't remember if it's one of the ones posted in this thread or not, about how the band picked which songs went on the album. It would have been interesting to see what kind of album we would have gotten if it wasn't for the Cardinals, I'm actually kind of sad he wants to go that direction rather than just solo...
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Ok, I just looked up Sad Dracula, and now know who it is...

Was it just on his website, or is there anyplace where I can get some of that sad dracula stuff?
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hmmm, ...

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