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"...[Mellencamp's] vibrantly funny and touching film plays as an extension of his music without his singing a note..." Rolling Stone "...FALLING FROM GRACE has a folksy, collaborative feeling that works well....Mellencamp's direction, like his performance in the central role, reflects an affecting earnestness..." New York Times "...A movie of heart, subtlety, and dramatic zest..." Entertainment Weekly "...There's a sharp, novelistic sense of observation in the way the characters bounce off each other's time-worn hostilities. The dialogue has an emotional subtext -- an undertow of feeling..." Los Angeles Times "...Mellencamp turns out to have a real filmmaking gift. His film is perceptive and subtle....The characters created here with McMurtry are three-dimensional and fully realized..." Chicago Sun-Times87.16229

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Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The rootsy acoustic-electric musical stance was very close to John Cougar Mellencamp..."1.329604

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Rolling Stone (12/26/02, p.102) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2002"Rolling Stone (10/3/02, p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Unified by his gift for melody, the theme of heartbreak and his adenoidal vocal resemblance to Paul Simon....the ballads are much better than the rockers..."Spin (1/03, p.72) - Ranked #33 on Spin's list of 2002's "Albums of the Year"Spin (11/02, p.119) - 7 out of 10 - "...Adams at his soulful, hyperstudious peak..."Entertainment Weekly (10/4/02, pp.150,153) - "...Dominated by intentionally underproduced acoustic ballads...Adams is very adept at this genre....[The music] wafts in the air and settles gently on the furniture..." - Rating: B-Q (10/02, p.101) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An album largely split between moments of hushed intimacy and gonzoid sounds like Adams is auditioning to be the next John Cougar Mellencamp..."Uncut (1/03, p.94) - Ranked #13 in Uncut's "100 Best Albums of the Year"Uncut (10/02, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...DEMOLITION is further proof that his creative instincts are still intact..."CMJ (9/30/02, p.6) - "Adams commands each musical style with ease and authority....the quality of the material makes it hard to believe these songs are all untouched demos..."Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.74) - Ranked #22 in Mojo's "Best Albums of 2002"Mojo (Publisher) (10/02, p.92) - "...A fine, multi-faceted album with very little surplus."NME (Magazine) (9/21/02, p.39) - 8 out of 10 - "DEMOLITION finds Ryan Adams in a fittingly traditional musical setting--at a crossroads."0.4155013

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