Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


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UPC: 821797300407

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No. of Discs: 3


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Ryan Adams Love Is Hell on numbered limited edition 3 LP box set

Personal document on romantic loss, frustration, and loneliness hits bittersweet, spiritual note

Originally released on two EPs, Love Is Hell is a staggeringly personal report on romantic desolation, personal frustration, and incurable loneliness whose themes play out via heartbreakingly intimate vocals, stark acoustic guitars, unembellished electric guitars, chamber-pop strings, and spare pianos. The excising of pain has rarely sounded more bittersweet-or spiritual. Due to Ryan Adams' barren and tormented state, his record label initially refused to release the album out of concern it was too dark.

Renowned for his introspective takes splintered relationships, Adams has never sounded more severe, damaged, or frayed. Listening is akin to peering into the tiny soul of a human being reconciling what love is and what it requires, and whether or not it can be had-all the while conversing with the people that drift in and out of his life. Recognized by critics, peers, and fans for sketching impeccably detailed songs and lifelike protagonists, the singer/multi-instrumentalist doubles as a film auteur throughout Love Is Hell. Such is the value he places on atmosphere, scenery, and insightful specifics.

Rain, snow, and cold color the songs' environment, the gloom, austerity, and dampness blending with the music's slate-grey vibes. Decaying, single-room-occupancy hotel rooms, unforgiving city streets, and long nights afflict characters that teeter on falling apart and seek solace by holding on to fading optimism-no more so than on the staggering cover of Oasis' "Wonderwall." Removing boundaries between himself and the listener, Adams pours out naked fears and thoughts. Expertly placed, minimalist instrumentation accentuates his dramatic swells, emotional extremes, and shifts in scenery.

Arrangements are nothing less than bracing. When employed, electric guitars resonate with tones that suggest showers and sleet, and on the title track-the record's most aggressive song-inform an anthemic irony. Tempos slowly drift, Adams' poignant voice remains unhurried, and looming metaphors threaten to swallow the hope on which the singer rests his head during his uncertain times. Throughout, via his phrasing and timbre, Adams makes you feel and inspires reaction. Love Is Hell is the antithesis of background music, its somber qualities and reflective intricacies akin to burrowing into the pages of classic literature.

Phenomenally rare on vinyl — copies, when available, sell for upwards of $150 on the aftermarket — Love Is Hell has never sounded better or looked more beautiful.



Side 1
Political Scientist
Afraid Not Scared
This House Is Not for Sale
Anybody Wanna Take Me Home
Love Is Hell

Side 2
The Shadowlands
World War 24

Side 3
My Blue Manhattan
Please Do Not Let Me Go
City Rain, City Streets
I See Monsters

Side 4
English Girls Approximately
Thank You Louise
Hotel Chelsea Nights

Side 5
Fuck The Universe

Side 6
Twice As Bad As Love
Father’s Son
Gimme Sunshine
Black Clouds

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 04/22/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: wownflutter
First off, I have comment on the pressing. This is the first Mofi that I've gotten that had any problems. The first song on lp 1 had quite a bit of crackle on side A and B. This wasn't a huge problem but at this price if find it very disappointing. I want perfection at $64. Mofi needs to consider another pressing plant besides RTI. This is getting more common with their releases. Now, about the mastering. I had the original release of the EP and all his other Lost Highway releases. Listening to this new Mofi version was a revelation. I've never been drawn into the songs on this album like I do with this one. I'm not good at describing all the audiophile terms. All I can say is, I've never heard Ryan Adams sound like this. I've heard these songs a hundred times. This is the first time that I felt the pain that he felt. Forget the reasons WHY Mofi might have brought this out, just be glad that they did.


posted on 10/04/2014
5 Stars
Reviewer: ATL-TRAV
i was originally disappointed the release was not from "Original Master Recording" and on 150gram. This disappointment ceased after a couple listens. I never owned the original on Lost Highway but I can say these sound fantastic! Great job on the mastering that comes across very organic and dimensional. This release make me happy I never shelled out over $100 for the original!

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