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Heartbreaker

A stone cold classic. The sine qua non of Ryan's albums. Where promise met execution head on.

FOR REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS ALBUM IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT

Heartbreaker is a near perfect record, the kind that never gets dated, with songs that slowly work themselves into the our subconscious musical heritage.

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A stone cold classic. The sine qua non of Ryan's albums. Where promise met execution head on.

As life piles on the weirdness and hardships, this album gets nothing but better.

Heartbreaker is a near perfect record, the kind that never gets dated, with songs that slowly work themselves into the our subconscious musical heritage. It's also our best seller ever.

Upon its release in 2000, it was IMMEDIATELY apparent that Ryan had taken a momentous leap forward with his songwriting and songcraft, abilities that had been merely hinted at in his days with Whiskeytown. For such a fully formed, confident set of songs to come out of nowhere, with their easy amalgam of country and rock stylings, seemed impossible. Heartbreaker almost single handedly re-defined what was possible for roots music and moved in firmly into the mainstream without a whiff of compromised quality.

This raggedy folk-punk confessional, with its stripped down band and sparse arrangements combine to create a record full of soul-baring songs. Get yourself together because Ryan climbs all over your emotions with these tunes of desperation, loss and hope. It's a record you'll want to put on late at night when you're too drunk to fall asleep, but too sober to face staying awake.

Features some hefty guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Kim Richey.

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  • Adams had written his fair share of songs about youth, sadness and altered states. But Heartbreaker gave these themes a classic heft, in weather-beaten country-folk songs that marked Adams as an heir to the Band and Gram Parsons.

    — Rolling Stone
  • One of the best records of the year… At 25, he writes the kinds of songs that Nashville no longer has patience for--songs about being young and sad, or young and desperate, about finding whiskey and refuge at a bar because you can find neither at home.

    — GQ
  • Heartbreaker is the soundtrack to the last ten minutes of any relationship you've ever watched crumble before your eyes. It's music for the ruined romantic in all of us. It is an album of astonishing musical proficiency, complete honesty and severe beauty.

    — Pitchfork
  • These songs are as stark as the emptiness Adams feels, as if the emotional blow stunned them into near silence.

    — USA Today
  • …His beautifully funny and blue first solo album, Heartbreaker, while full of twangy guitars and Adams's smoky southern rasp of a singing voice, is as indelibly a New York City record as anything ever created by George Gershwin or Bob Dylan.

    — New York Magazine
  • Adams picks up the pieces of his potential and puts them together with off-hand authority. From cheeky rockers to textured pop epics to soft-spoken and heart broken tomes, America's brash boy blunder has come home, heart in hand and head clear, to show he's worth the trouble.

    — Pulse
  • Even when banging through seemingly optimistic tunes, like the bouncing Bob Dylan inspired 'To Be Young (Is to be Sad, Is to be High),' Adams still has his head in his hands. If there was ever a record for loneliness, Heartbreaker is definitely it.

    — Las Vegas Weekly

Track List

  • 1. (argument with David Rawlings concerning Morrissey)
  • 2. To Be Young (is to sad, is to be high)
  • 3. My Winding Wheel
  • 4. AMY
  • 5. Oh My Sweet Caroline
  • 6. Bartering Lines
  • 7. Call Me On Your Way Back Home
  • 8. Damn, Sam (I love a woman that rains)
  • 9. Come Pick Me UpTo Be the One
  • 10. Why Do They Leave?
  • 11. Shakedown on 9th Street
  • 12. Don't Ask for the Water
  • 13. In My Time of Need
  • 14. Sweet Lil Gal (23rd/ 1st)

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