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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The alternative country field has been bountiful in 2001 -- with standout releases from Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, among others -- but the rising star of Ryan Adams is without question the year's big story. Adams, who got his start with North Carolina heroes Whiskeytown, made his solo debut in 2000 with the aching tales on Heartbreaker, which earned him mountains of critical praise and expanded upon his cult fan base. Now inked to the prestigious, artist-driven country label Lost Highway, he broadens his horizons on the richly hued, 70-minute Gold, on which he's assisted by a cast including Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
The alternative country field has been bountiful in 2001 -- with standout releases from Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, among others -- but the rising star of Ryan Adams is without question the year's big story. Adams, who got his start with North Carolina heroes Whiskeytown, made his solo debut in 2000 with the aching tales on Heartbreaker, which earned him mountains of critical praise and expanded upon his cult fan base. Now inked to the prestigious, artist-driven country label Lost Highway, he broadens his horizons on the richly hued, 70-minute Gold, on which he's assisted by a cast including Tom Petty keyboardist Benmont Tench, Counting Crows' Adam Duritz, and longtime producer Ethan Johns. While country in flavor, the album casts a wide net that encompasses lots of classic rock touchstones, echoing Dylan and the Band here the organ-driven single "New York, New York", Lou Reed and the Stones there "Nobody Girl", and the genre-blending spirit of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons throughout. Unlike the relatively spare Heartbreaker, for every tug of the heartstrings like the solemn piano ballad "Sylvia Plath" or the quiet shuffle "Wild Flowers," there's a resounding rocker like the organ-fueled romp "Gonna Make You Love Me." Sprinkled in the mix are touches of gospel and soul, on tracks such as "The Rescue Blues" and "Touch, Feel & Lose," making Gold not simply a standout album of its genre but one of the year's best records.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One would think that being Ryan Adams would be a pretty good deal at the time of this album's release; he had a major-label deal, critics were in love with him, he got to date Winona Ryder and Alanis Morissette, Elton John went around telling everyone he was a genius, and his record company gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. But to listen to Gold, Adams' first solo album for his big-league sponsors at Lost Highway, one senses that there are about a dozen other musicians Adams would love to be, and nearly all of them were at their peak in the early to mid-'70s. Adams' final album with Whiskeytown, Pneumonia, made it clear that he was moving beyond the scruffy alt-country of his early work, and Gold documents his current fascination with '70s rock. Half the fun of the album is playing "Spot the Influence": "Answering Bell" is a dead ringer for Van Morrison with fellow Morrison enthusiast Adam Duritz on backing vocals, "Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues" is obviously modeled on the Rolling Stones, "Harder Now That It's Over" sounds like Harvest-period Neil Young, "New York, New York" resembles Stephen Stills in his livelier moments Stephen's son, Chris Stills, plays on the album, and "Rescue Blues" and "La Cienega Just Smiled" suggest the influence of Adams' pal Elton John. Of course, everyone has their influences, and Adams seems determined to make the most of them on Gold; it's a far more ambitious album than his solo debut, Heartbreaker. The performances are polished, Ethan Johns' production is at once elegant and admirably restrained, Adams is in strong voice throughout, and several of the songs are superb, especially the swaggering but lovelorn "New York, New York," the spare and lovely "When the Stars Go Blue," and the moody closer, "Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd." But while Gold sounds like a major step forward for Adams in terms of technique, it lacks the heart and soul of Heartbreaker or Pneumonia; the album seems to reflect craft rather than passion, and while it's often splendid craft, the fire that made Whiskeytown's best work so special isn't evident much of the time. Gold sounds like an album that could win Ryan Adams a lot of new fans especially with listeners whose record collections go back a ways, but longtime fans may be a bit put off by the album's richly crafted surfaces and emotionally hollow core.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2001
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 008817025629
  • Catalog Number: 170256
  • Sales rank: 1,584

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryan Adams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Julianna Raye Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bucky Baxter Steel Guitar
Benmont Tench Piano, Hammond Organ
Jennifer Condos Bass
Ethan Johns Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Celeste, Conga, Drums, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vibes, chamberlain, Mandocello
Rob McDonald Choir, Chorus
Sid Paige Concert Master
Adam Duritz Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
C.C. White Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Milo Decruz Bass
Keith Hunter Choir, Chorus
Chris Stills Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Andre "Big Dre" Carter Trumpet
Richard Causon Piano
Kamasi Washington Saxophone
Technical Credits
Frank Callari Artist Development
Ethan Johns Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Steven Rhodes Engineer
Ryan Adams Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Karen Naff Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Bridging a Gap

    This Album is essential to any Ryan Adams fan or avid music fan with diverse tastes. It was released when I was still in high school and nine years later, it's still culturally relevant.

    Adams is one of the few musicians out there bridging the gap between our musical past and present: his voice is similar in tone and drawl to Bob Dylan (hopefully not insulting any Dylan fans out there) and his music seems to be influenced by contemporaries of that age, yet somehow, Adams makes it seem fresh.

    I'm not well versed enough in the music industry to make any further or more accurate comparisons. All I can say is that this album is a must own. Check out the following tracks for a good idea of his style:
    -Rescue Blues
    -Answering Bell
    -Gonna Make You Love Me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dissapointed, so very much...

    When I first saw Adams on Jay Leno I thought, "Wow, a bright-eyed guy with talent. Finally, some new music with heart in it." I had such high hopes riding on him that you can undertsand why I was so dissapointed. There's no doubt this guy could write brilliant songs, the question is really if he will. From the sound of this album he only put himself half-way into the work. Most songs are half-hearted at best and cheap Dylan imitations at worst. He relies on his producer to help him write, when Adams' solo writing is a hundred times better. From the sound of the first two songs (which get your hopes up even more) he sounds fresh, alive, and fully into his music, but from there it's all down hill. Instead you hear him sing sucky lyrics like "enemy fire, enemy tanks" over and over, or a song about a dead poet. If you get the extra bonus one, don't exspect much better. Altogether this guy may have the talent, but he doesn't have the heart to develope that talent into something worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome and Enjoyable

    This CD is a great piece of work. Adams trys hard and cares about the music and it shows. Listen to this CD 3x and you will be hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly A Superstar

    Hey Everyone! Ryan Adam's Gold is definetely one of the best CD's I've ever bought. The whole CD is jam packed with kickin' songs, but my favorite track on the song is Somehow, Someday. It's so refreshing to see an artist who is a true musician. He writes, sings and performs equally awesome. Gold is a CD I can play from start to finish and find something special about each and every track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's all true

    The accolades are so well-deserved-- and any criticism you hear is really only derived from a justified expectation for what Ryan Adams will become. The wait could not be sweeter, though. The first time I listened to this I felt exactly the same way the previous commenter did about this being the best album since Wilco's Being There-- pure joy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love this guy so much

    Ryan is such a great artist. I've been into him since the days of whisky town and he keeps getting better and better. Anyone familiar with Ryan Adams will love this album, even if you don't know who he is, this is a great album anyone enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Wonderful!

    This is the first CD I bought by Ryan Adams, and I was totaly blown away. It so beautiful. It is the only thing I listen to now. There is a song on it for every mood. Plus there is a wonderful bonus album with a soulful ballad, ''Fools We Are As Men''. I would deffinately reccomend this to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poseur Crap with hope for the future

    The kid's got a great voice but the songs are half assed. No one buying the record knows any better. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Stones, and Gram Parsons---however much one might rave over them or be ambivelant about them--were different. It's nice to have piano, bass, and drums back in the woodwork but the kid is only trying half has hard as he could. It doesn't touch the songwriting of Tom House, Paul Burch, or Dan Penn for that matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I was skeptical of buying this record because I had been warned that Adams was another Bob Dylan/Van Morrison rip off like David Gray or Adam Duritz. But as I listened to the album I was quite surprised to find that his influences are much broader. There is such a lack of good music out today that I think anything that is reminiscent of better days in music sounds really good compared with the stuff we hear on the radio.

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