Gold (Ryan Adams album)

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Studio album by Ryan Adams
Released September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)
Recorded The Sound Factory, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock, alternative country
Length 70:26
Label Lost Highway
Producer Ethan Johns
Ryan Adams chronology

Gold is the second studio album by Ryan Adams, released September 25, 2001 on Lost Highway Records. The album remains Adams' best-selling album, certifying gold in the UK[1] and going on to sell 364,000 copies in the U.S. and 812,000 worldwide.[2] Adams noted that "with Gold, I was trying to prove something to myself. I wanted to invent a modern classic."[3]

Adams intended for the album to be a double album,[4] but his record label, Lost Highway, condensed the album into a single disc. According to Adams, the label "took the last five songs, made it a bonus disc and put it on the first hundred and fifty thousand copies. Fucking my fans over and making them pay extra for a record I wanted to be a double album. They counted that as one record."[5] This bonus disc is known as Side Four; the disc's title reflects the fact that the bonus material makes up the fourth side of the double LP edition of the album.

The album includes "When the Stars Go Blue", which has been covered by artists such as The Corrs and Bono, Tyler Hilton, Bethany Joy Galeotti, and Tim McGraw. "New York, New York" became a notable MTV and VH1 favorite following the September 11 attacks. "The Rescue Blues" was featured in the end credits of the 2001 film Behind Enemy Lines.

Adams' friend and former roommate Adam Duritz (lead singer of Counting Crows) lends background vocals to several tracks.

Adams received three Grammy Award nominations in 2002: Best Rock Album, Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "New York, New York", and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Lovesick Blues".

Stephen King's 2006 book Lisey's Story includes part of the lyrics to "When the Stars Go Blue". Also, the song "The Rescue Blues" was featured in an episode of Scrubs. In 2011, "Answering Bell" was featured in the film and on the soundtrack to Bridesmaids.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ryan Adams unless otherwise stated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "New York, New York"     3:46
2. "Firecracker"     2:51
3. "Answering Bell"     3:05
4. "La Cienega Just Smiled"     5:03
5. "The Rescue Blues"     3:38
6. "Somehow, Someday"     4:24
7. "When the Stars Go Blue"     3:31
8. "Nobody Girl"   Adams/Ethan Johns 9:40
9. "Sylvia Plath"   Adams/Richard Causon 4:10
10. "Enemy Fire"   Adams/Gillian Welch 4:09
11. "Gonna Make You Love Me"     2:36
12. "Wild Flowers"     4:59
13. "Harder Now That It's Over"   Adams/Chris Stills 4:32
14. "Touch, Feel and Lose"   Adams/David Rawlings 4:15
15. "Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues"   Adams/Johns 6:10
16. "Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd."   Adams/Causon 3:25

Bonus disc: "Side Four"
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rosalie Come and Go"     3:54
2. "The Fools We Are As Men"     4:01
3. "Sweet Black Magic"   Adams/Johns 2:35
4. "The Bar Is a Beautiful Place"     5:58
5. "Cannonball Days"     3:24

Bonus disc: "Side Five"
No. Title Length
1. "Mara Lisa"   3:42
2. "From Me to You"   3:48
3. "Touch, Feel & Lose (Live in Amsterdam)"   4:42

Chart positions[edit]


Country Peak
US[6] 59
France[7] 126
Germany[8] 51
Ireland[9] 17
Netherlands[10] 60
New Zealand[11] 45
Norway[12] 6
Sweden[13] 9
UK[14] 20


Year Single Chart Peak
2001 "New York, New York" US Billboard Hot 100[15] 112
Dutch Mega Single Top 100[10] 83
UK Singles Chart[14] 53
2002 "Answering Bell" Dutch Mega Single Top 100[10] 92
Irish Singles Chart[9] 49
UK Singles Chart[14] 39

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[16]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[17]
The Austin Chronicle 3.5/5 stars[18]
BBC Music favourable[19]
Entertainment Weekly B+[20]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[21]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16][22]
Pitchfork Media 6/10[23]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[24]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[25]
Stylus Magazine C+[26]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[27]
USA Today 3/4 stars[28]

Q listed Gold as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[29] "Rolling Stone ranked "Gold" the 81st best record of the 2000s.[30]


  • Ryan Adams – Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, piano
  • Bucky Baxter – Steel guitar
  • Andre Carter – Trumpet
  • Richard Causon – Piano
  • Jennifer Condos – Bass
  • Milo De Cruz – Bass
  • Adam Duritz – Choir, background vocals
  • Keith Hunter – Choir
  • Rami Jaffi – Accordion
  • Ethan Johns – Drums, electric guitar, chamberlain strings, lead guitar, hammond B-3, background vocals, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, mando-cello, vibes, string arrangement, guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, bass, electric piano, celeste, harmonium, congas
  • Rob McDonald – Choir
  • Sid Paige – Concert master
  • Julianna Raye – Background vocals, choir, duet on "When the Stars Go Blue"
  • Chris Stills – Background vocals, electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar
  • Benmont Tench – Hammond B-3, piano
  • Kamasi Washington – Saxophone
  • C.C. White – Background vocals, choir, solo vocals


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  2. ^ Q Magazine, September 2007, Page 63
  3. ^ Spitz, Marc (2003-11-24). "Who The F**k Is Ryan Adams?". Spin. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Ryan Adams Reflects on Pneumonia, Gold". Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  5. ^ Watson, Ian (January 2004). "Ryan Adams". Rolling Stone (Australia), January 2004 (Rolling Stone). 
  6. ^ "American Charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  7. ^ "French Charts" (in French). Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  8. ^ "German Charts" (in German). Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  9. ^ a b "Irish Charts" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  10. ^ a b c "Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  11. ^ "New Zealand Charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian Charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  13. ^ "Swedish Charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  14. ^ a b c "UK Chart Log". Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  15. ^ "American Singles Charts". Retrieved 2008-11-25. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b Critic reviews at Metacritic
  17. ^ AllMusic review
  18. ^ The Austin Chronicle review
  19. ^ BBC Music review
  20. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  21. ^ The Guardian review
  22. ^ PopMatters review
  23. ^ Pitchfork Media review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 3, 2003)
  24. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  25. ^ Rolling Stone review
  26. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  27. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 19, 2006)
  28. ^ USA Today review
  29. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65. 
  30. ^ [1]

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