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Ryan Adams - Love is Hell 3LP Box Set
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell 3LP Box Set

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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, Love is Hell has never sounded better or looked more beautiful.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 A great CD an awesome LP September 10, 2014
Reviewer: JM from Hawthorn East, Victoria Australia  
I loved this album on CD and his cover of Wonderwall is one of my all time favorite tracks. The mofi release is a whole other level of sonic bliss. This pressing releases the dynamic range and intimacy of many of the quieter parts of the recordings. Well worth the money.

Just to subjectively check whether I was just naval gazing I queued it up on spotify 320kbs to see whether it was really that good. Even my wife who had just caught me ordering $800 worth of vinyl on mofi agreed that the mofi issue sounded leagues better.

Asides from how good the sound quality is on the release this is a barren album that sounds like someone crawling back to civilisation across a glacier. A song writer of a generation, like Dylan but willing to put something personal on the line every time.

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5 of 5 Outstanding Presentation of The Sound and The Fury March 3, 2014
Reviewer: Shawn Dean from Tarpon Springs, FL United States  
Well worth the wait, mofi presents Love Is Hell in its entirety.  Not all of the bonus tracks are Adams' best work; however, "Halloween," "Gimme Sunshine," and "Black Clouds" rank with some of his best work.  The mix used for "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home" is not the same as the Love Is Hell CD nor Rock N' Roll; it is unique to this release (short intro and no fade out/in at the end).  There are seemingly other subtle changes to the mixes, which add to this new listening experience.  The title track has some noise not previously present, but that is the only flaw I noticed throughout the three records.  There is a warmth and clarity one would expect from mofi.  "This House Is Not For Sale," "English Girls Approximately," and "Wonderwall" are especially stunning on this pressing.  If getting a low-numbered copy is important to you, I just ordered last week from this site and received #444.  I've heard that some pre-ordered elsewhere over a year ago and got in the range of #2000-3000.

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