Adams, Ryan - Cardinology

Vendor: Lost Highway
Release: 2008



"Cardinology is a classic-rock record to the bone, nodding to the influences that Adams has conjured before but never so well: the country rock of the Grateful Dead and Gram Parsons, the arena anthems of U2. It begins with four killers in a row: “Born Into a Light” prays for faith amid troubles over a Tex-Mex melody, weepy pedal steel and gospel-tined vocals; “Go Easy” is a breathless love pledge with heartland-rock hooks; “Fix It” is a plea for psychic repair that meshes a slithery R&B groove with a soaring Bono-style chorus; and “Magick” is pure mindless garage-rock pleasure, with notwithstanding the geopolitical apocalypse lurking in its lyrics (“You’re like a missile strike/Government goes underground/Warhead on legs/What goes around comes around”). Then thing settle down a bit -- but despite overcooked nautical metaphors on “Sink Ships,” they never slack. Cardinology’s riveting finale is “Stop,” a fragile piano ballad sung in a shaky voice that slowly gains strength and takes flight. It’s clearly about rehab, and while rehab rock may be a bit of an oxymoron, Adams – who has reportedly cleaned up – defines a genre here. If it helps undermine some of the bogus junkie myths about hard drugs and creativity, all the better.


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A1 Born Into A Light
A2 Go Easy
A3 Fix It
A4 Magick
A5 Cobwebs
A6 Let Us Down Easy
B1 Crossed Out Name
B2 Natural Ghost
B3 Sink Ships
B4 Evergreen
B5 Like Yesterday
B6 Stop

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