Love Is Hell, Part 2

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Exquisite, darkly poetic songs.

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Positive Messages

Tortured social consciousness abounds.


There is some violent imagery, with an anti-violence message.


No explicit sexuality.


The "f" word appears in one song, "City Rain, City Streets," and on a bonus track on the UK release.


Resolutely non-commercial.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

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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Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Lyrics got me

Ryan Adams is an amazing song writer. He is very different from the pack in that way. I prefer his album Rock 'N' Roll, but this album is also thoroug... Continue reading
Adult Written bymdog April 9, 2008

Great, Weird choice?!

Great songs but the weird choice is on commonsense's behalf by chosing this album out of all of Ryan Adams thousands of records. Go for either Heartbreake... Continue reading

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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.

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