Cold Roses

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Cold Roses
Studio album by Ryan Adams and The Cardinals
Released May, 2005
Recorded Loho Studios (New York City, NY)
Genre Alternative country, country rock
Length 76:03 (84:37 with bonus tracks)
Label Lost Highway Records (B0004343-02)
Producer Tom Schick
Ryan Adams chronology
Love Is Hell
(2004)
Cold Roses
(2005)
Jacksonville City Nights
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (69/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [3]
Entertainment Weekly B [4]
The Music Box 4/5 stars [5]
NME (7/10) [6]
Pitchfork Media (7.2/10) [7]
PopMatters 4/10 stars [8]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [10]
Uncut 4/5 stars [1]

Cold Roses is the sixth studio album by alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released on May 3, 2005 on Lost Highway. The album is his first with backing band The Cardinals, and the first of three albums released in 2005. Cold Roses is the only album to include Cardinals member Cindy Cashdollar.

Cold Roses has sold 159,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Although all the tracks can fit on a standard 80-minute disc, it was released as a double album with packaging and CDs designed to make it look like a vinyl LP. The album was also released in a standard 2-disc jewel case.

Writing and composition[edit]

In 2011, Adams noted that "How Do You Keep Love Alive" was written while on opium: "I fully understand when people say Edgar Allan Poe used to smoke this stuff and have visions. I wrote the entire song "How Do You Keep Love Alive" without writing a word down, and I played it on piano. And I've tried to understand the chord pattern ever since, because I can't fuckin' play it."[12]

Reception[edit]

The album so far has a score of 69 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "generally favorable reviews".[1] USA Today gave it three-and-a-half stars out of four and said, "What makes this hard-to-pigeonhole country/folk/ punk/pop-rocker remarkable is the quality of the quantity. There's not a bad song in Cold Roses' 18-track bouquet, and at least 13 are worth instant iPod enshrining."[13] The Guardian gave it a score of four stars out of five and said of Ryan Adams: "The boy wonder is back in the saddle."[14] Chicago Tribune gave it a favorable review and called it "Adams' most ambitious effort to date."[15] The A.V. Club gave it a favorable review and said it "feels fantastic--as pretty and affecting as a slow sunset."[16] Spin gave it a score of seven out of ten and said, "There's an air of formal exercise here.... But if you can ride with the cliches, you won't fault the execution."[17] E! Online gave it a B− and said, "Even if it is twice as long as it needs to be (thus, a couple of dead spots), we're not arguing. We're just enjoying the music."[1]

Some reviews are average or mixed: The Austin Chronicle gave it a score of three stars out of five and called it "Adams' double-album hubris".[18] Neumu.net gave it a score of six stars out of ten and called it "a relaxed and ambitious collection that confirms Ryan Adams' reputation as a top-notch singer and songwriter who easily jumps styles and evokes comfortable sadness with every turn."[19] Tiny Mix Tapes gave it a score of three stars out of five and called it an "18-track monster".[20] Paste also gave it a score of three stars out of five and said it "comes as a bit of relief, bereft of the posturing that so often attends Adams’ work.... That said, there’s also a sense of retreat that permeates the record, a willingness to offer the comforts of familiar tones instead of ambitiously taking chances."[21] Playlouder gave it a score of two-and-a-half stars out of five and called it "A frustratingly self indulgent and inconsistent double album that pitches itself somewhere between the classic country rock of 2001's 'Gold' and the lovelorn despair of 2004's 'Love Is Hell'."[22] Flak Magazine gave it a mixed review and said, "Without the first disc, the double disc Cold Roses wouldn't be half bad."[23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Adams, Bowersock, Cashdollar, Pemberton and Popper. 

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Magnolia Mountain"   5:53
2. "Sweet Illusions"   5:02
3. "Meadowlake Street"   4:29
4. "When Will You Come Back Home"   4:52
5. "Beautiful Sorta"   3:01
6. "Now That You're Gone"   3:52
7. "Cherry Lane"   4:32
8. "Mockingbird"   4:47
9. "How Do You Keep Love Alive"   3:12


Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Easy Plateau"   5:12
2. "Let It Ride"   3:24
3. "Rosebud"   2:56
4. "Cold Roses"   4:36
5. "If I Am a Stranger"   4:39
6. "Dance All Night"   3:15
7. "Blossom"   3:15
8. "Life Is Beautiful"   4:29
9. "Friends"   4:45


Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Tonight" (Vinyl and UK release only, also released as an iTunes exclusive album-only track) 3:29
2. "So Hot, So Cold" (Japan and UK Bonus Track) 3:20
3. "Operator, Operator" (Japan Bonus Track) 1:46

Performers[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Country Peak
position
US[24] 26
Australia[25] 31
Belgium (Flanders)[26] 27
Denmark[27] 31
Germany[28] 39
Netherlands[29] 48
Ireland[30] 16
New Zealand[31] 30
Norway[32] 9
Sweden[33] 8
UK[34] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The Music Box review
  6. ^ NME review
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  8. ^ PopMatters review
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Hasty, Katie (2007-06-03). "Busy and bored, Adams tames "Tiger"". Reuters/Billboard. Retrieved 2007-06-04. "Cold Roses," has sold 159,000 copies in the United States 
  12. ^ Simpson, Dave (2011-09-22). "Ryan Adams: 'Things got broken and I couldn't fix them'". The Guardian (London). 
  13. ^ USA Today review via alt-country.org
  14. ^ The Guardian review
  15. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  16. ^ The A.V. Club review
  17. ^ Spin review
  18. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  19. ^ Neumu.net review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 25, 2008)
  20. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 19, 2006)
  21. ^ Leven, Jeff (2005-06-03). "Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (Cold Roses) :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Archived from the original on 2006-01-07. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  22. ^ Playlouder review at the Wayback Machine (archived May 7, 2005)
  23. ^ Flak Magazine review at the Wayback Machine (archived June 24, 2005)
  24. ^ "American Charts". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  25. ^ "Australian Charts". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  26. ^ "Belgian Cold Roses position". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  27. ^ "Danish Charts". danishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  28. ^ "German Charts" (in German). musicline.de. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  29. ^ "Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  30. ^ "Irish Charts". Irish-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  31. ^ "New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  32. ^ "Norwegian Charts". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  33. ^ "Swedish Charts". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  34. ^ "UK Chart Log". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 

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