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Better known for his more tranquil version of Oasis’s “Wonderwall,” or the original recording of “When the Stars Go Blue” (later copied by The Corrs), Ryan Adams has released his first of three albums this year. The two-disc Cold Roses features Ryan and his new band The Cardinals (guitarists Cindy Cashdollar and J.P. Bowersock, drummer Brad Pemberton, and bassist Catherine Popper) covering country-rock and emulating the carefree spirit of the 60s.The energetic single “Let It Ride” has a â€šÃ„Ãºget up and goâ€šÃ„Ã¹ sensation similar to Jackson Browne’s “Running On Empty.” Twangy guitars with simple progressions provide the background to reminiscent lyrics. “Twenty-seven years of nothing but failures and promises that I couldn’t keep/Oh Lord, I wasn’t ready to go.”
“Blossom” captures the essence of The Moody Blues and Cat Stevens, the latter found throughout the album. The guitar features the crisp clarity of Stevens, the rhythm matches The Blues, and Adams’ sultry voice is akin to Jeff Buckley. However, the thoughtful lyrics build to an absent chorus; “Blossom for me rose/ stretch out underneath the stars.” “How Do You Keep Love Alive” is an example of creative misdirection, reflecting the antithetical Bryan Adams and his breathy vocals mixed with cheesy lyrics that sound forced and contrived.
Completely original sounds are abundant with songs like “Dance All Night.” Vocal and harmonica accompaniments give a bluesy touch. Sweet and catchy, Adams is likely to have The Corrs doing another cover. “Easy Plateau” is no doubt alternative country-rock, but the vocals, back-ups and guitar sighs grant a psychedelic feel.
Cold Roses is an enjoyable trip embarking on sounds new to Ryan Adams yet familiar all the same.