Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

Double Album 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue + Download

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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.

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 2015 double LP remastered on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve includes a download of the album is pressed in Europe by Pax Americana.









(Argument With David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey)



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



My Winding Wheel






Oh My Sweet Carolina



Bartering Lines



Call Me On Your Way Back Home



Damn, Sam (I Love A Woman That Rains)



Come Pick Me Up



To Be The One



Why Do They Leave?



Shakedown On 9th Street



Don’t Ask For The Water



In My Time Of Need



Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/1st)


SKU 600753583609
Record Label Pax Americana Record Company
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 00600753583609
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 29 May 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 05 September 2000
Barcode # 600753583609
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Reissue with Gatefold Sleeve and Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Country Rock
Genre Folk

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