The EP’s title track, as well as the new tracks (‘My Love For You Is Real’, ‘Blue Hotel’ and ‘Follow The Lights’), as well as the live renditions are pretty much standard Adams fare, if such a thing is possible. Slide guitars, slow piano parts, vaguely heartbroken lyrics: it’s not to suggest he’s incapable of anything else, but this is what Ryan Adams knows best and does incredibly well.
His cover of Alice In Chains’ ‘Down In A Hole’ is executed competently and emotionally enough for it to be his own, but it’s a re-working of one of Adams’ own tracks which is the shining star of this release. ‘This Is It’, a track from his ‘rock’ album Rock ‘N Roll’, adapted to make use of the more country-oriented Cardinals. It’s often said you can only realise how good a track is when covered - it’s nearly the same here; a slower tempo, a far less brash sound and the ability to dechiper the lyrics means the song is able to reach a whole new level.
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