Quick Review (LP): Rock N Roll by Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams
Rock N Roll
Lost Highway; 2003

My Rating: C (46/100)

Best Tracks: "Burning Photographs", "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home"

He hates his label!


  • "This Is It." OK, not bad.
  • "Shallow", "1974"…meaty, aggressive hard rock. Nothing special, but not bad.
  • "So Alive" is the sort of thing that, heard every once in a while, is a catchy vaguely Bryan Adams sounding tune. I once heard it a million times while staying at a hotel, and now I hate it.
  • Round about "Luminol" I start to realize that very little separates this from the dustbin of alt-rock history.
  • "Burning Photographs" is a cool tune with a strong melody. 
  • Same with "Anybdoy Wanna Take Me Home", but I prefer the Love Is Hell version.
  • This is way too fast paced as well. Adams just seems like he’s in a colossal hurry here.
  • All in all, this comes off like one big temper tantrum or something. I’ve really enjoyed the second half of Adams’ solo career so far, so I’m glad he’s left his childish ways behind.
  • Seriously, you are setting yourself up to be hated when you name an album Rock N Roll. There’s the inevitable backlash, and then there’s the utter lack of imagination inherent in such a title that immediately repulses the folks who want to like you. Hands down, this is the worst album in Adams’ catalog, almost a total throwaway.
  • Good + thorough review from AMG here, FWIW.

Cohesion (4/5)
Concept (4/5)
Consequence (3/5)
Consistency (2/5)
Songs (3.5/5)

One Response to Quick Review (LP): Rock N Roll by Ryan Adams

  1. Pingback: Career In Brief: Ryan Adams « Sweet Georgia Breezes

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