Rolling Stone - p.1244 stars out of 5
-- "CARDINOLOGY is a classic-rock record to the bone, nodding to influences that Adams has conjured before but never so well: the country rock of the Grateful Dead and Gram Parsons, the arena anthems of U2."
Rolling Stone - p.90Ranked #14
in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Adams' best LP in years..."
Spin - p.1063.5 stars out of 5
-- "Like TIGER, CARDINOLOGY is long on midtempo country-rock shuffles that sound comfortable with their own familiarity..."
Entertainment Weekly - p.62
"He's allowed his songwriting to settle into a comfortable pattern as he's matured, but that hasn't made it any less vital." -- Grade: A-
Alternative Press - p.1294 stars out of 5
-- "'Go Easy' is soft and reassuring, getting your heart worked up with warm fuzzies before it transitions into the deep, sultry blues of 'Fix It.'"
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1104 stars out of 5
-- "From the word go, CARDINOLOGY establishes a mood of quiet expectations....This is watercolour...with gentle shadows, dappled light, no large strokes, just restrained and organic....[A] moving album."
Blender (Magazine) - p.763.5 stars out of 5
-- "[T]his is a group effort, and affirmation of Cardinal principles. For the most part, that means less acoustic lilt and more bruising force."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.843 stars out of 5
-- "'Crossed Out Name,' 'Sink Ships,' and 'Evergreen' have the right mix of emotion and atmosphere..."
Ryan Adams/Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: Ryan Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Neal Casal (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Jon Graboff (vocals, electric guitar, background vocals); Chris Feinstein (vocals); Brad Pemberton (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Michael Panes (violin).
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Neal Casal.