Pin It
Favorite

'Cardinals III / IV,' Ryan Adams 

If you're not a Ryan Adams superfan, pass on this album.

click to enlarge Ryan Adams
  • Ryan Adams

The main problem with Ryan Adams is the sheer volume of his work. He rarely holds anything back. While that might do wonders for personal catharsis, it doesn’t bode well for the overall quality of his work. The double album Cardinals III / IV, pieced together from the leftovers of 2007’s Easy Tiger, is an unfortunate example of Adams’ excess. Though the album contains some high- quality songs, like the fist-pumping “Wasteland” or the sweetly sweeping “Dear Candy,” the Springsteen-influenced ‘80s arena rock is more bloated than brilliant, resembling Brandon Flowers’ derivative work on Sam’s Town more than anything the Boss might have green-lit.

Laced with synthesizers and juvenile, almost teenage lyrics, Cardinals III / IV is an exercise in tolerance — Adams aficionados are going to slog through it anyway (though perhaps reluctantly), but fair-weather fans would be better served skipping it altogether.

DOWNLOAD: “Lovely and Blue”

{embed_video}

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Music

  • Above Ground
  • Above Ground

    Atmosphere isn't getting any younger, but they can live with that
    • Sep 10, 2014
  • Happy Together
  • Happy Together

    Pine League combines veteran musicality with an insatiable need to make each other laugh
    • Sep 10, 2014
  • The Right Fit
  • The Right Fit

    Bartfest is billing itself as the festival for those who don't really like festivals
    • Sep 3, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Most Commented On

  • The Right Fit

    Bartfest is billing itself as the festival for those who don't really like festivals
    • Sep 3, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Event


Music


Preview


Rock


© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation