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III/IV

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Breakdown Into The Resolve
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Dear Candy
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Wasteland
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Ultraviolet Light
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Stop Playing With My Heart
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Lovely And Blue
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Happy Birthday
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Kisses Start Wars
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The Crystal Skull
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Users
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No
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Numbers
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Gracie
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Icebreaker
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Sewers At The Bottom Of The Wishing Well
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Typecast
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Star Wars
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My Favorite Song
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P.S.
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Death And Rats
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Kill The Lights
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 67:06

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Andrew Mueller

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Andrew Mueller is a journalist, broadcaster and author. He has written three books: the music/travel anthology Rock & Hard Places, the gonzo history of the

11.23.10
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, III/IV
2010 | Label: Pax-Am / The Orchard

Around the release of 2007's Easy Tiger, Ryan Adams complained that it wasn't the record he'd wanted to make. He'd wanted to do something more rock-oriented, something that pushed his adored backing group, the Cardinals, to the fore, something that reflected his recent listening, specifically Black Sabbath and The Grateful Dead.

Cardinals III/IV is, then, Adams's belated revenge. Released on his own label, these two albums were recorded at the same time as the Easy Tigerread more »

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a shortage of irony

don_diego

these men could do with some additional irony, some self-respect wouldn't harm either!! ;-) knowing them from past work, i'm confused.

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If you like Ryan Adams you will like this

CaptainBlack

This is another great release from a brilliant musician. I don't know why people always want to knock him or complain about this or that. Remember this is a collection of unreleased tracks but in any event there is some brilliant tracks that would perfectly sit on any album. I love all of his releases, and of course some are better than others but this is a great album if you give it a chance and listen to it several times before bagging it. There's an 80's feel to it and he's having some fun but what's wrong with that. There'd only be 2-3 songs I'd skip and the rest are great. Songs like Wasteland, Kisses Start Wars, Typecast, Star Wars, Death & Rats are so catchy you can't get them out of your head. I listen to it all the time. Love it and love him. Keep it up Ryan

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Not his best . . . maybe his worst

benyamen

I'm a big fan of the guy, believe me when I say this. Heartbreaker may be my favourite album of all time. That being said, this is just bad music. It's not thoughtful, it's not well played, it's not well written, it's not imaginative, it's not daring. It's just really average blues/rock that you could hear in any dive of a roadhouse bar for free. If you love Ryan Adams, do yourself a favor and avoid this album so you will be able to keep loving his other stuff.

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Umm... not MY Replacements at least

tenzinandrio

How on earth can any of this be compared to The Replacements? Maybe Don't Tell A Soul-era, but certainly none of their good albums.

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This is $1.50 cheaper on amazon

Music-Snob-NJ

New pricing on emusic blows.

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Wasn't expecting it, so no expectations

Indiana

I have all of his albums, and agree that he is a bit enigmatic when it comes to pinpointing his genre. I would disagree that he is at his best when he is low-key. He is at his best when he is focused, whether he is shredding his vocal chords or barfing melancholy. This is not a focused album, but then again, it is a list of demos. Considering that this is a series of leftovers from the Easy Tiger recordings (sorry if it's not, Ryan), it is pretty damn good. How many other artists knock out a very good album, and then say, "Oh, here's some other stuff... two albums worth," and it is clean and tight to boot? Ryan Adams is so alluring because he is poetry, from the way he writes to the way he performs to the way he sings to the way he moves. Although it is a horrible comparison, his magnetism is something like that of Beethoven's: by listening to the music, we get a real glimpse at the man. Few singers are this honest. In short, thank you for the album, Ryan. Keep making music.

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Not his Best..but still ok.

Blake1

As much as I love most of his music, Ryan Adams is one of the most frustrating musicians to follow. It's almost as if he can't accept that he's at his best when he's more subdued. His best work, in my opinion, was the Whiskeytown stuff, his self-titled solo-debut, and more recently, Easy Tiger. There are a few solid cuts on this album, but most of it just seems like he's trying to be a big arena rock star. Just cut the filler, polish it up, and pare it back to the basics.

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IV Stars

Evil.2win

Nay-sayers and poo-pooers need not apply here. This is about as solid a rock album I've heard in a long-long time. Haters can go drown their sorrows in a bottle of Whiskeytown and get over it; the man continues to redefine himself and delivers two disks worth of some fine material.

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so bad

naidre

I am so bummed out. I really liked so much of his music, but this album is just bad. Sounds like generic bad pop-rock, even his voice sounds different. Such early talent, where did it go?

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Multi-faceted!

SquidGal

In the book "Listen to This!" by Alan Reder and John Baxter, published in 1999, Ryan Adams shares his musical influences -- Black Flag, Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Social Distortion, Gram Parsons, George Jones. Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and The Band. On The Band, he comments ... "I go back to The Band all the time, sort of like this centerpiece of what I would consider to be a perfect mix. They use bluegrass, instrumentation, R and B, soul." I like the fact that Ryan Adams doesn't confine himself musically, and in this age of gimmicks, niches and "sounds," hearing straight-up rock played well sounds refreshing! Enjoying the ride on this one and looking forward to whatever Mr. Adams dishes up in the future.