All 3 are good - that Pneumonia and Faithless Street. There was a deluxe version of Stanger's Almanac released last year which has a rather interesting version of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" on the second disc. If you only got the ordinary version would be worth looking it up on Itunes, alternatively in this direction and I can arrange, maybe.
ZStrange what you find yourself doing on internet chat rooms innit ?
According to many sources Adams says he quitting after his US tour.
Hope he's just having one of his 'on the blob' moments and not being completely serious. _________________ ><((((º>· ¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º>·´¯`·.¸¸ ><((((º>
New album 111/1V just downloadable from Amazon at a whacking £13.98.
What the hell, it may be a chunk of 21 songs left over from his last album but three songs in he has IT, whatever IT is he is definitely in possession of it.
I'm not sure I can. His music has turned quite generic and I can understand how people think he may have gone downhill since 'Heartbreaker' and 'Gold' but I'm not sure if it's because he always seems to be battling some inner pain which makes him fascinating for me. I mentioned I liked it on a US forum and was immediately shot down - he's run out of credibility for many. I just think he's a very interesting artist with a lot to say as well as the fact that his live shows are always gripping if only that they can go so horribly wrong as well as so right.
I didn't keep up with him much after he went with that band called The Cardinals. Was any of that stuff good? For me personally, if he never recorded anything again, he's a giant artist. All the Whiskeytown stuff, and his early solo stuff was great. I saw him in Cambridge on his 'Rock n' Roll' tour and he was amazing.
The Cardinals is the band he's done this record with. Some of the naysayers cannot reconcile his Whiskeytown output with what he does now.
I started reading this thread backwards, and now I've found some of the Cardinals stuff that you and that Lebowski fella have mentioned. I shall have a listen. Thank you gentlemen. That is all.
For me there is no discernible difference between his solo stuff and when he is backed by the Cardinals. I love the Whiskeytown stuff and Heartbreaker/Gold solo Albums - Since then he has been prolific, which is part of his problem, he releases everything so has ended up with a few gems in amongst some frankly very ordinary material. I think Butts will disagree with that. For me there have been just enough gems to keep me interested.
He's an enigma that's for sure. I'm listening to his new album now and it would wash over me if I allowed it to. Pay attention to it, though, and it's a corker although he's not pulled out a 'Sylvia Plath' or 'Cold Roses' for a while, I'll concede.
Off to his solo show at the Bridegwater in Manchester later today, taking my daughter (who just plain fancies him) and hoping to grab a table for dim sum at the fabulous Yang Sing.
His shows to date have seen him in an uncommonly good mood, so much show the response below to a heckler at the Barbican on Sunday is in stark contrast to his previous tactics of a) jumping into the audience to inflict random violence or b) sulkily playing songs no one wants to here or c) calling for an interval and promptly leaving the building.
When one fan shouted out requests during a tuning break, another audience member shouted at them to shut the fuck up, which got a loud laugh and applause. ‘I was going to respond,’ said Ryan, ‘but it seems Old Me is in the audience tonight.’ More laughs. Then he leaned into the mike and whispered: ‘Hey, Old Me, don’t take the brown acid!’
Up in the gods we were but bang central with a great view down the centre of the stage. No joke, the older couple sat next to us thought it was a Bryan Adams concert, but they enjoyed it just the same although they were somewhat shocked when my daughter told them not to expect a duet with Melanie C.
Wide boy support from a cocksure Jesse Malin went down well and Adams ambles on about 9.15 in an orange plaid shirt and jeans. There were a fair share of screamers who he quickly tamed with some disparaging but kind and amusing banter, offering them an opportunity to get stuff of their hysterical chests from time to time, in exchange for silence. He has an inner ear condition which means he can only play acoustic shows and for the first couple of numbers, once the screaming had died down, he was barely audible as if finding his voice. For a moment, I thought that the notorious unpredictability which has been a feature of his shows was once again going to be a factor. But three songs in the familiar fragility started echoing beautifully around the opulence and I just closed my eyes to drink in one of the most affecting sounds in popular music.
It was a greatest hits with about three completely new songs, one of which - 'Save Me' - has every chance of turning into a classic. He deconstructed the up tempo 'New York, New York' as a piano ballad and the way in which he fed the ending of that song into the opening of another classic 'Firecracker' was just spine-tingling. The extended tunings in between songs gave him ample time to tell a few stories and banter with the audience. His put-downs of a couple of serial hecklers were joyous, honed from a live career of dealing with and avoiding genuine nutcases.
He had the place in the palm of his hand and during a half-whispered 'Desire' I thought I could hear my heart beat. It was the first gig where I've seen the artist fed cups of tea by his guitar tech - he's been clean and sober now for nearly 10 years and for the first time he seems to be genuinely happy, married to an actress and you could tell from the way he absorbed the standing applause at the end of the two hours that he wasn't here out of duty (there is no album to promote) but from a genuine desire to play live for the first time in three years.
We were aware of a few idiots down the front continually screaming for songs he would never play and his message board this morning confirms it got a bit fruity at times, explaining the bouncer activity towards the end. It was pin-drop silent around us and I must say it was comfortably the best gig out of the four I've seen him so far, if only for the fact that it is really great to see someone overcome their demons and finally begin to show a genuinely human face to his audience.
1. Oh My Sweet Carolina
2. Blue Hotel
3. If I am a Stranger
4. Save Me (live debut)
5. Carolina Rain
6. Everybody Knows
7. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd and 3rd)
8. Let It Ride
10. Dirty Rain
12. To Be Young
13. This House is Not For Sale
14. New York New York (Piano)
17. English Girls Approximately
18. Why Do They Leave
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