Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

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Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Cardinology

Lost Highway
3.5 out of 5 stars

:: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: supporting Oasis ::
:: Broomfield Event Center :: December 8 ::

It has been an unusually long wait for Ryan Adams’ follow-up to 2007’s Easy Tiger. Especially for an artist as prolific as Adams, who once released three albums in a year. The wait, however, was well worth it as Ryan Adams and The Cardinals deliver their fourth studio album, which shines as their most cohesive project since Adams started touting The Cardinals as his backup band in 2005.

Cardinology is a straight-forward rock album that works because it is an extension of the band’s live show. It is pretty clear to see that Cardinology was meant to be played live and showcases a band coming off a fairly rigorous tour schedule. The Cardinals (Adams included) are a well-oiled machine of electric guitars, harmony vocals and catchy choruses. However, much like The Cardinals’ previous three albums, Cardinology isn’t as fluid as some of Adams’ pre-Cardinal solo releases and features some straight out duds such as the cliché of a rock song “Magick.” Although the album has some of Adams’ best songs in recent memory, the duds still dim the light of greatness.

Perhaps this is Adams’ reminder to himself that getting clean is what allowed this album to be made in the first place. After all, being alive and making a good record is much better than being dead and making none at all. At least that is what my mom always told me.

— Jonathan Keller

:: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: supporting Oasis ::
:: Broomfield Event Center :: December 8 ::

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  1. This has turned out to be an album I can not stop listening to. It just grows on me every time I listen to it and can not wait to be dead center row 20 on December 8th at the Broomfield Event Center.

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