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Love Is Hell
Love Is Hell

Love Is Hell

CD (2004)

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Release date NZ
January 1st, 2007
Lost Highway Records
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LOVE IS HELL includes the EPs LOVE IS HELL PART 1 and PART 2, available together on 1 CD.

Personnel: Ryan Adams (vocals, guitar, piano); Greg Leisz, Johnny McNabb (guitar); Jon Cleary (10-string guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano); Ruth Gotlieb (violin); Sarah Wilson (cello); Joe McGinty (piano); Ian McLagan (Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ); Johnny Pisano, Hutch Hutchinson (bass guitar); Ricky Fataar, Paul Garisto (drums); Marianne Faithfull, Julie Delgado, Debra Parson (background vocals).

Recording information: Piety Street Studios, New Orleans, Lousiana; Cello Studios, Hollywood, California; Globe Studios, New York, New York.

The confusing, complex saga of LOVE IS HELL--initially rejected by the label, then begrudgingly issued as two EPs before it finally saw the light of day as a full album--would be just an interesting footnote if not for the shockingly high quality of the material itself. In between his incarnations as alt-country troubadour and Strokes-friendly garage-rocker, Ryan Adams turned out what just might be the best record of his career. A beautiful, bittersweet journey through heartbreak, it's a ballad-heavy album that bears echoes of Jeff Buckley and Britpop acts from the Smiths to Coldplay. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Smiths producer John Porter is on hand to assist the formerly earthy Americana artist in his transition to fragile, melodic, Anglo-adoring balladeer. While the original EPs were weighty documents in and of themselves, LOVE IS HELL's full-length version bears an even greater emotional impact, as the mood is allowed to establish itself gradually and dramatically, pulling the listener into a very personal world of gorgeously observed romantic tragedy.

Track Listing:

1. Political Scientist
2. Afraid Not Scared
3. This House Is Not For Sale
4. Anybody Wanna Take Me Home
5. Love Is Hell
6. Wonderwall
7. Shadowlands, The
8. World War 24
9. Avalanche
10. My Blue Manhattan
11. Please Do Not Let Me Go
12. City Rain, City Streets
13. I See Monsters
14. English Girls Approximately
15. Thank You Louise
16. Hotel Chelsea Nights

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