A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that some of the images in these song lyrics, though more poetic than explicit, might be disturbing to sensitive teenagers.
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What's the story?
This CD, intended to be the follow-up to Ryan Adams' 2001 Gold album, was initially rejected by his record label for being \"too depressing.\" This is not the CD to play if you want bouncy, cheerful, feel-good tunes. It is an example of a talented young songwriter revealing his heart, soul, and fears to the world.
Is it any good?
It's true that the lyrics are filled with dark imagery and tortured introspection, but the songwriting and performances are extraordinary. Stark and exquisite, they tell vivid, visual stories of a bleak urban landscape and its tortured inhabitants.
A comparatively whimsical favorite is "English Girls Approximately," in which Adams sticks to more familiar alternative country territory. Another high point is the last track, "Hotel Chelsea Nights," best served warm with a side of self-pity.