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Love Is Hell Part 1 [EP] (602498127827)

  • 1. Political Scientist
    2. Afraid Not Scared
    3. This House Is Not for Sale
    4. Love Is Hell
    5. Wonderwall
    6. Shadowlands, The
    7. World War 24
    8. Avalanche
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000154802

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Porter; Ryan Adams
    EngineerJoe McGrath

    Personnel: Ryan Adams (vocals, guitar); Johnny McNab, Greg Leisz (guitar); Ruth Gottlieb (violin); Sarah Wilson (cello); Ian McLagen (Wurlitzer piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Joe McGinty (piano); Hutch Hutchinson, John Pisano (bass); Ricky Fataar, Paul Garisto (drums).
    Recorded at Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana and Globe Studios, New York, New York.
    Personnel: Jon Cleary (guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ); Greg Leisz, Johnny McNab (guitar); Ruth Gottlieb (violin); Sara Wilson (cello); Joe McGinty (piano); Ian McLagan (Wurlitzer organ); Ricky Fataar, Paul Garisto (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Joe McGrath; John Porter.
    Recording information: Cello Studios; Globe Studios; Piety Street Studios.
    Photographers: Jessica Jenkins; Andy West .
    You've got to hand it to Ryan Adams; just when everyone had him pegged as a roots-rock troubadour, he pulled a quick change-up. Within one week, he released a full-on rock & roll album that gave the Strokes a run for their money (appropriately titled ROCK N ROLL), and this EP.
    LOVE IS HELL PT. 1 (PT. 2 was scheduled only a couple of weeks later) is basically a love-letter to Britpop. The first track sounds for all the world like it could have come off a Coldplay album. Elsewhere, Adams's voice, melodies, and elegantly despondent lyrics echo his beloved Morrissey, and he spends a good portion of the eight-song disc seemingly paying tribute to 1990s UK phenom James. The catch is that he's really good at it, and LOVE IS HELL comes off more as a respectfully nodding homage than a derivative item. To top it off, it contains some of the best songwriting of Adams's post-Whiskeytown career.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (11/28/03, p.125) - "...This eight-song [EP] shares some influences--the Replacements, '80s alt-pop--with ROCK N ROLL, but the writing is tighter, the production cleaner, and the performances more considered..." - Rating: B+
    Q (2/04, p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Part 1's eight deluxe country rock essays all impress."
    Mojo (Publisher) (1/04, p.98) - 5 stars out of 5 - "[T]his is heartache music, based mostly around the piano's black keys and acoustic guitar sung in a pure, impassioned vocal that occasionally recalls Jeff Buckley..."
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