Love Is Hell Pt. 1 Hell was intended to be the rabble-rousing singer's latest album, but his label rejected it (reportedly for being too depressing), instead releasing the fun-but-undercooked "Rock… Love Is Hell Pt. 1 Hell was intended to be the rabble-rousing singer's latest album, but his label rejected it (reportedly for being too depressing), instead releasing the fun-but-undercooked "Rock… 2003-11-04 Ryan Adams
Music Review

Love Is Hell, Part 1 (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2003; Lead Performance: Ryan Adams

Hell was intended to be the rabble-rousing singer's latest album, but his label rejected it (reportedly for being too depressing), instead releasing the fun-but-undercooked ''Rock N Roll.'' ''Hell,'' meanwhile, has been split into a pair of EPs. What were they thinking? Produced by John Porter (the Smiths), this eight-song first installment shares some influences -- the Replacements, '80s English alt-pop -- with ''Rock N Roll,'' but the writing is tighter, the production cleaner, and the performances more considered. In fact, the only real disappointments are a pointless cover of ''Wonderwall'' and the fact that we have to wait until Dec. 9 for the rest of it.

Originally posted Nov 28, 2003 Published in issue #739 Nov 28, 2003 Order article reprints