Jacksonville City Nights
It might take me three our four listens to get into this album, but after a first run through today, it seems to be growing on me. Ryan Adams wants to write romantic country balads, which is fine with me, I'm into that. Unfortunately for Adams, Jacksonville isn't the most romantic city (Jacksonville isn't a heart wrenching city either). Adams isn't Young and he isn't Cash, in fact I'm not sure what he is/wants to be. One hell of an artist, perhaps? Whatever that might be. Pumping out great tunes left and right. I'm more of a Cold Roses fan, but it's good to see him delving further into his roots.
A song by song schpeal, feel free to add your thoughts via comments. My favorite songs are up with reviews of the rest.
| 1. A KISS BEFORE I GO - Like the whole shot/beer concept but Adams voice doesn't do it for me here. B || || |
| 2. THE END - Jacksonville, ummm k. Good title. B- || || |
| 3. HARD WAY TO FALL - Better, kind of sad...love the steel guitar. A- || || |
| 4. DEAR JOHN - Norah Jones joins for a pretty fantastic song. Starting to pick up. A || || |
| 5. THE HARDEST PART - True love ain't the hardest part. B+ || || |
| 6. GAMES - ehhh... ummm ehh... ok... C || || |
| 7. SILVER BULLETS - Better, warmer, love the piano. B+ || || |
| 8. PEACEFUL VALLEY - Ok, I finally get the voice. Very well. Good jam at the end. A || || |
| 9. SEPTEMBER - Pick it up half way through. Sleepy at first. B || || |
| 10. MY HEART IS BROKEN - I'm a sucker for the honky tonk, which his voice is more suited for. A- || || |
| 11. TRAINS - Best guitar on the album. I hate it when trains are in my head. B || || |
| 12. PA - Sleepy. Little too sleepy for me. C || || |
| 13. WITHERING HEIGHTS - Favorite song after second listen. Could be on to something. B+ || || |
| 14. DON'T FAIL ME NOW - Darker ending than I expected. Still cool. A-|
We gave our first injections today at school. The entire left side of my face has been numb all night. Cool. I shot the shit with an oral surgery resident about getting some nitrous over to a group of six guys I was working with because some of their hands were super shaky. Luckly the toofrunner has dead steady hands and his patient didn't even feel the injection. More tommorow.