Love Is Hell Pt. 2 "I could be anything," sang Adams on "Love Is Hell Pt. 1," and that's his main problem. For the Love Is Hell Pt. 2 EP,… Love Is Hell Pt. 2 "I could be anything," sang Adams on "Love Is Hell Pt. 1," and that's his main problem. For the Love Is Hell Pt. 2 EP,… 2003-12-09 Ryan Adams
Music Review

Love Is Hell, Pt. 2 (2003)

Ryan Adams | RYAN'S MOPE Adams' melancholy ''Love Is Hell'' EPs contain songs from an LP his label initially thought too downbeat
RYAN'S MOPE Adams' melancholy ''Love Is Hell'' EPs contain songs from an LP his label initially thought too downbeat
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 09, 2003; Lead Performance: Ryan Adams

''I could be anything,'' sang Adams on ''Love Is Hell Pt. 1,'' and that's his main problem. For the Love Is Hell Pt. 2 EP, part two of the melancholy LP initially rejected by his label (who sent him back to make the rowdier, somewhat play-acted ''Rock 'n' Roll''), he's a sad lounge crooner (''My Blue Manhattan''), a kiss-'n'-tell Dylan (''English Girls Approximately''), and a skid-row Prince (the ''Purple Rain''-beckoning ''Hotel Chelsea Nights''). It's impressive, if knocked-off-sounding, and yes: Song for song, the EPs trump ''Rock 'n' Roll.'' But they also perpetuate the image of Adams as scattershot chameleon instead of showing him as an artist who digs deep. We're rootin' for ya, dude.

Originally posted Dec 29, 2003 Published in issue #745 Jan 09, 2004 Order article reprints