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Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

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Personnel: Ryan Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano); Ryan Adams; Gillian Welch (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, electric bass, bass guitar); Allison Pearce, Allison Pierce (vocals); Pat Sansone (piano, organ, chamberlin, background vocals); Ethan Johns (chamberlin, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drums); David Rawlings (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, tambourine); Emmylou Harris, Kim Richey (vocals). Audio Mixer: Ethan Johns. Recording information: Pilot Studios, New York, NY; Waltmore St. Studios, Jacksonville, NC; Woodland Studios, Room A, Nashville, TN. Photographer: David McClister. Whiskeytown were one the mid-'90s wave of bands who approached American roots music--country, folk, singer/songwriter, and combinations thereof--from an alternative rock standpoint. They were apt to be as influenced by Nick Drake and Superchunk as by Johnny Cash and Neil Young. Ryan Adams performs vocal duties for Whiskeytown, and HEARTBREAKER is his first solo album. It's primarily a singer/songwriter affair, with lots of acoustic guitars, gentle drums, subtle keyboards, and back-porch harmony vocals, but there's also a lot of variety and kick. "To Be Young" tears out of the gate like a rollicking out-take from Dylan's HIGHWAY 61 sessions, and the gentle, shimmering, baroque-tinged "Amy" recalls both the Left Banke, and the Beatles in their "Eleanor Rigby" mode. Many tunes--like "To Be the One"--have a bare-bones, dusty, story-telling quality that recalls Dylan, John Prine, Woody Guthrie, and Steve Earle (who Adams slightly resembles vocally) without ever sounding like Adams is aping them. As a bonus, Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch supply heavenly harmonies.


Dimensions 0
UPC 744302007120
Runtime 51 min.
Type Performer
Genre Rock & Pop
Sub Genre Country Rock
Label Bloodshot Records
Producer Ethan Johns; Ethan Jones
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. (Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)
  • 2. To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
  • 3. My Winding Wheel
  • 4. AMY
  • 5. Oh My Sweet Carolina
  • 6. Bartering Lines
  • 7. Call Me on Your Way Back Home
  • 8. Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains)
  • 9. Come Pick Me Up
  • 10. To Be the One
  • 11. Why Do They Leave?
  • 12. Shakedown on 9th Street
  • 13. Don't Ask for the Water
  • 14. In My Time of Need
  • 15. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Adams, Ryan

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  • I highly recommend this CD!! This is definitely a CD I would consider a desert island CD (I would take it to a deserted island with me)..every song is excellent and very sing-able and the tracks are well produced...

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