Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, III/IV [preview]

Posted by Greg , Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:34 PM

The Cardinals' previously unreleased III/IV is almost here.  Head on over to the product page on amazon.com for clips of the new songs.  From even this small preview, it's clear that this is going to be nothing like any other Cardinals release, but somehow sound exactly like it should.  That last sentence probably doesn't make any sense.  I'm sorry, I'm excited.

And don't misunderstand me, I love the old Cardinals albums.  Cold Roses is one of my favorite records.  Jacksonville City Nights got me to appreciate country music.  I continue to find hidden gems on Easy Tiger and Cardinology.

What I mean is that I always felt like the Cardinals were a rock band hiding in cowboy boots.  You heard it in songs like "Beautiful Sorta" or anything from the Sad Dracula demos (from which III/IV takes "The Sewers at the Bottom of the Wishing Well").  As much as Adams effortlessly plays the lonely country troubadour, it's no secret that the dude just wants to rock out.  III/IV sounds like it could be his legitimate rock masterpiece.

You can head on over to Adams' PAX-AM record label and sign up for the mailing list for more information as it becomes available.

Breakdown into the Resolve [live 7/22/2006]:


UPDATE: If you signed up for the mailing list you already know this, but the pre-order just went on sale today.

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