Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

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Heartbreaker is the debut solo studio album by American alternative country artist Ryan Adams, originally released in September 2000 by Bloodshot Records.

As Whiskeytown ground to a halt, Ryan Adams ducked into a Nashville studio for two weeks of sessions with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The collaboration brought out the best in Adams; Heartbreaker is loose, open, and heartfelt.

Heartbreaker shows Adams sweeping all of the clichés of mass- produced, "new country" under the rug and tapping into everything that makes genuine country music unique and beautiful: raw emotion, deep groove and clever storytelling.

There are no simple, melodramatic, commercial-ready ballads here; the music is too deeply rooted in old-school country music, folk-rock songs and bluegrass jams to produce anything that predictable.

With that musical philosophy firmly in place, it stands to reason that each track on the album is a gem, showcasing Adams' considerable songwriting ability and a way with words that most musicians would sell their spines to possess.

The record begins with the misleadingly upbeat To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High), a swinging bluegrass number that wouldn't sound out of place in a honky-tonk. But Adams gets to the business of bringing us down soon enough. When he sings, "I just want to die without you," on Call Me On Your Way Back Home, orphans run out into the street and weep.

For Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains), Adams calls on the patron saints of sparse folk music and lyrical tomfoolery while channelling the troubadour vocals of early Bob Dylan to produce one of Heartbreaker's lighter, but better, tracks. Still, even this stylistic similarity is superficial, as the blood- and-guts of the song are all his own.

Adams continues his winning streak by making great use of a rare cameo by country-rock legend Emmylou Harris on Oh My Sweet Carolina, as Harris' trademark falsetto blends beautifully with Adams' own rich vocals for a simple, affecting song about one man's longing to return home.

Come Pick Me Up, a track about a man struggling with a bad relationship and pining for his cheating girlfriend weighs in as the album's most affecting moment. Gluing crushing lyrics to undeniably catchy drum riffs, greasy guitar work and soulful harmonica playing, the song is five minutes and thirteen seconds of damn near perfect music.

There's nothing terribly complex or tricky about Heartbreaker. In fact, it's probably one of the simplest, most straightforward albums you'll hear. But this album wasn't written to be complex. It's music to feel to. It's music to drink alone to. And it's sadder than witnessing your grandmother's burial.

Heartbreaker is the soundtrack to the last ten minutes of any relationship you've ever watched crumble before your eyes. It's music for the ruined romantic in all of us. Usually, that little romantic simply sits quietly, tearfully watching everything disappear without so much as a single complaint. But on Heartbreaker, Ryan Adams has not only convinced that voice to speak, he's taught it to sing. The result is an album of astonishing musical proficiency, complete honesty and severe beauty.

This deluxe box set collects the remastered version of the album plus 20 additional outtakes, alternate versions and demos, wrapped up with a Live DVD from the Heartbreaker era.

The “outtakes” themselves are diverse and plentiful. Some are alternate versions of a few of Adams’ most-loved classics, while others are slightly rawer versions of the finished product. Rough copies of “Oh My Sweet Carolina”, “Come Pick Me Up”, “In My Time Of Need” gracefully show the Twilight Zone between demo and finished product. There’s beautiful insight into the puppetry behind the album; tracks that have been previously unreleased are contemporised with those we’ve known for years. 

Importantly, these demos and outtakes don’t attempt to cheat us of time spent in the studio with Adams; the vast majority are solid in length. The album doesn’t alienate those who are unfamiliar with Adams’ music, either. We’re simply being offered an extended account of Adams’ very first solo album, so it really doesn’t require much context in order to enjoy the extended edition’s nuances and passion. Whether it’s vignettes of Adams’ charisma or his unique approach to the songwriting craft, fans and newbies alike are bound to take a lot away from this revision.

Check out these tracks:

To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High); Call Me On Your Way Back Home; Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains); Come Pick Me Up and Oh My Sweet Carolina.

This 2016 4LP set remastered on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl includes a live DVD and download of the album is pressed in Europe by Pax Americana.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

LP 1 & 2 - Original Album

 

 

Title

Time

A1

(Argument With David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)

0:37

A2

To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)

3:04

A3

My Winding Wheel

3:13

A4

AMY

3:46

B1

Oh My Sweet Carolina

4:57

B2

Bartering Lines

3:59

B3

Call Me On Your Way Back Home

3:09

B4

Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)

2:08

C1

Come Pick Me Up

5:18

C2

To Be The One

3:01

C3

Why Do They Leave?

3:38

C4

Shakedown On 9th Street

2:53

D1

Don’t Ask For The Water

2:56

D2

In My Time Of Need

5:39

D3

Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)

3:39

 

LP 3 - Heartbreaker Sessions

 

 

Title

Time

E1

Hairdresser On Fire Jam

1:33

E2

To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)

3:30

E3

Petal In A Rainstorm

4:55

E4

War Horse

2:13

E5

Oh My Sweet Carolina

5:23

F1

Come Pick Me Up

5:00

F2

Punk Jam

0:44

F3

When The Rope Gets Tight (Alternate)

1:44

F4

When The Rope Gets Tight

7:10

F5

Goodbye Honey

3:21

F6

In My Time Of Need

4:54

 

LP 4 – Pre-Album Demos

 

 

Title

Time

G1

Bartering Lines

3:22

G2

Come Pick Me Up

4:59

G3

To Be The One

3:28

G4

Don’t Ask For The Water

5:51

G5

In My Time Of Need

4:52

H1

Goodbye Honey

4:54

H2

Petal In A Rainstorm

4:26

H3

War Horse

2:30

H4

Locked Away

3:23

 

DVD – Live At The Mercury Lounge (October 20, 2000)

 

Title

 

DVD-1

Oh My Sweet Carolina

 

DVD-2

Gimme Sunshine

 

DVD-3

To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)

 

DVD-4

AMY

 

DVD-5

Call Me On Your Way Back Home

 

DVD-6

Just Like A Whore

 

DVD-7

Wonderwall

 

DVD-8

Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)

 

DVD-9

Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)

 

DVD-10

Come Pick Me Up

 

DVD-11

My Winding Wheel

 

SKU 600753642955
Record Label Pax Americana Record Company
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 1790025445
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 06 May 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 05 September 2000
Barcode # 600753642955
Shipping Weight 1.5900kg
Shipping Width 0.028m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.002761m3
Type New
Format Limited Deluxe Edition Box Set, Four LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Remastered, DVD, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Country Rock
Format VINYL LP

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