Demolition (Ryan Adams album)

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Demolition
Studio album by Ryan Adams
Released September 24, 2002
Genre Alternative country
Rock
Length 45:16
Label Lost Highway Records
Producer Ryan Adams
Michael Blair
Frank Callari
David Domanich
Ethan Johns
Luke Lewis
Ryan Adams chronology
Gold
(2001)
Demolition
(2002)
Rock n Roll
(2003)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (70/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [2]
Chicago Tribune (favorable) [3]
Robert Christgau B+ [4]
Entertainment Weekly B− [5]
NME (8/10) [6]
The Music Box 4/5 stars [7]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10) [8]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [1][9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [10]
Spin (7/10) [11]
Stylus Magazine C [12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars [13]
Uncut 4/5 stars [1]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars [14]

Demolition is the third studio album by alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, released on September 24, 2002 on Lost Highway. The album comprises tracks from Adams' unreleased studio albums, The Suicide Handbook, The Pinkheart Sessions and 48 Hours.[15] In 2009, Adams stated: "I don’t much care for this record. The rock songs are plodding and the quiet songs belonged to better records [...] to make Gold as a compromise then to have to watch those records get broken up for Demolition was heartbreaking."[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ryan Adams, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nuclear"     3:25
2. "Hallelujah"     3:11
3. "You Will Always Be the Same"     2:38
4. "Desire"     3:41
5. "Cry on Demand"     4:23
6. "Starting to Hurt"     3:19
7. "She Wants to Play Hearts"     4:01
8. "Tennessee Sucks"     2:55
9. "Dear Chicago"     2:13
10. "Gimme a Sign"     3:04
11. "Tomorrow"   Ryan Adams and Carrie Hamilton 4:23
12. "Chin Up, Cheer Up"     2:59
13. "Jesus (Don't Touch My Baby)"     5:09
14. "New York, New York" (Live In Amsterdam; Japanese bonus track)    
15. "To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)" (Live In Amsterdam; Japanese bonus track) Ryan Adams and David Rawlings  
16. "Blue" (Japanese bonus track)   2:28
17. "Song for Keith" (Japanese bonus track)   3:29

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Country Peak
position
US[17] 28
France[18] 124
Germany[19] 83
Ireland[20] 19
Netherlands[21] 44
New Zealand[22] 49
Norway[23] 14
Sweden[24] 15
UK[25] 22

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak
position
2002 "Nuclear" Irish Singles Chart[20] 45
UK Singles Chart[25] 37

Personnel[edit]

  • Ryan Adams – Vocals, Guitar, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Bass, Piano, Synth, Drum Machine
  • Mikael Nord Andersson – Dobro
  • Bucky Baxter – Pedal Steel Guitar, Background vocals, Guitar
  • Michael Blair – Djembe Heartbeat
  • Sheldon Gomberg – Bass
  • Svante Henryson – Cello
  • Ethan Johns – Drums, Background vocals, Electric guitar, Ukulele, Bass, B3
  • John Paul Keith – Guitar
  • Greg Leisz – Steel Guitar, Dobro
  • Billy Mercer – Bass
  • Brad Pemberton – Drums
  • David Rawlings – Guitar
  • Julianna Raye – Background vocals
  • Brad Rice – Electric guitar
  • Chris Stills – Background vocals, 12 String Acoustic guitar, B3
  • Gillian Welch – Background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune review
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Demolition". Robert Christgau. 
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  6. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ The Music Box review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 1, 2002)
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Spin review
  12. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  13. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 19, 2006)
  14. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 23, 2004)
  15. ^ "Ryan Adams on 'Demolition,' writing and shopping at Gap". CNN. 2002-10-25. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "American Charts". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  18. ^ "French Charts" (in French). lescharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  19. ^ "German Charts" (in German). musicline.de. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  20. ^ a b "Irish Charts". Irish-charts.com. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  21. ^ "Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  22. ^ "New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  23. ^ "Norwegian Charts". Norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  24. ^ "Swedish Charts". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  25. ^ a b "UK Chart Log". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 

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