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CD Review: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, "III/IV"

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III/IV (PaxAm) is the fifth studio album by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals. It comes by its title as a result of the fact that it was recorded during the same 2006 sessions that yielded Easy Tiger (which was recorded with the Cardinals but billed as a solo album). Had the double album been released at the time it would have been the band’s third and fourth albums. The sessions, which were scheduled to take two weeks, ended up going on for six months and produced some 60 tracks, most of which have been languishing in the vault until now. Why these songs did not see the light of day at the time remains a mystery, but Adams is nothing if not enigmatic. He is also one of the most prolific and talented songwriters of the decade, and III/IV is his masterpiece.

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Cratedigger: Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, "Junky Star"

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Back in September, I wrote about the Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses album Junky Star. I think it’s fair to call my review a rave. To quote, you know, me, here’s part of what I wrote at the time:
“I don’t think I’ve used the word ‘astonishing’ in relation to an album in a long time. But the new Ryan Bingham album, Junky Star (Lost Highway), merits that kind of acclaim. Another thing that I never do is compare any songwriter to Bob Dylan. But the inescapable fact is that Bingham may be the songwriter who finally justifies the “new Dylan” tag that has cursed so many talented songwriters in the past. It’s not just the songs, which are powerful in their own right, but the way that they’re delivered. Bingham is possessed on a raspy, heartbroken voice that provides every ounce of world-weary despair that the occasion calls for.”


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CD Review: Justin Townes Earle, "Harlem River Blues" | Popdose

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Not long ago, Justin Townes Earle took up residence in New York City. When I interviewed him awhile back, he sang the praises of the city, and seemed to be very happy with his move. However when it came time to record his third album, Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot Records), he returned to his hometown of Nashville to record at the House of David studio.

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Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, "Junky Star" | Popdose

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I don’t think I’ve used the word ‘astonishing’ in relation to an album in a long time. But the new Ryan Bingham album, Junky Star (Lost Highway), merits that kind of acclaim. Another thing that I never do is compare any songwriter to Bob Dylan. But the inescapable fact is that Bingham may be the songwriter who finally justifies the “new Dylan” tag that has cursed so many talented songwriters in the past. It’s not just the songs, which are powerful in their own right, but the way that they’re delivered. Bingham is possessed on a raspy, heartbroken voice that provides every ounce of world-weary despair that the occasion calls for.

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CD Review: Mark Olson, "Many Colored Kite" } Popdose

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“These are the days I remember.” With these words, Mark Olson opens his latest solo venture Many Colored Kite. These are good days for Olson, particularly coming as they do on the heels of the stormy times that he outlined in his 2007 album The Salvation Blues. The Jayhawks founder is a man who appreciates the gifts that he’s been given, and aims to enumerate them in song.

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CD Review: Delta Spirit, "History From Below" | Popdose

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My review of the new Delta Spirit album, History From Below, was posted to Popdose today:

“When Delta Spirit released their 2008 debut album
Ode To Sunshine, I quickly became a fan of the San Diego band. I appreciated the first-rate songwriting, and the impassioned delivery of lead vocalist and lyricist Matthew Vasquez. Not only that, but when I saw them play live in Philadelphia about a year ago, they used a really big drum. I have simple tastes, give me some good songs, crackling electric guitars, and really big drums, and you’re likely to get a good review from me here on Popdose.”

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