- Released: September 26, 2005
- Label: MSI:LOST HIGHWAY
Rolling Stone - No. 984, p.1483.5 stars out of 5
- "...[A]n unadulterated return to form..."
- 1.Kiss Before I Go
- 3.Hard Way to Fall
- 4.Dear John
- 5.Hardest Part
- 7.Silver Bullets
- 8.Peaceful Valley
- 10.My Heart Is Broken
- 13.Withering Heights
- 14.Don't Fail Me Now
- 15.Always on My Mind (B-Side)
2005 import with extra track, "Always On My Mind."
CD contains 1 bonus track.
Personnel: Ryan Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano); Norah Jones (vocals, piano); J.P. Bowersock (electric guitar); David Gold (violin, viola); Connie Ellisor, Michael Panes, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Claudia Chopek, Carl Gorodetzky, Pamela Sixfin, Alan Umstead, David Angell, Catherine Umstead (violin); Kris Wilkinson, Gary VanOsdale (viola); Julia Kent, Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen (cello); Glenn Patscha (piano, background vocals); Joe McGinty (piano); Catherine Popper (keyboards, background vocals); Johnny T. (drums); Byron Isaacs (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ryan Adams; Tom Schick.
Recording information: Emerald Studios, Nashville, TN; Loxo Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Arranger: Bergen White.
Ryan Adams's sophomore album with his Cardinals backing band, and his second studio offering of 2005, JACKSONVILLE CITY NIGHTS finds the ever-prolific singer/songwriter in his twangy, Gram Parsons-inspired persona. In fact, on "Dear John," jazz/pop superstar Norah Jones plays Emmylou Harris to Adams's Parsons, as the two settle into a slow, smoky duet.
While JACKSONVILLE has an energetic moment or two ("The Hardest Part"), it never wanders anywhere near Adams's amped-up ROCK N ROLL territory. In general, this is melancholy, down-tempo alt-country, which, given Adams's past in Whiskeytown, explains why the performer sounds so at ease here. "A Kiss Before I Go" begins the album on a wistful note, setting the tone with barroom piano lines and weepy pedal-steel work. On "Hardest Way to Fall," Adams indulges in a sauntering Dylan-like vibe, while "September" proves to be almost haunting in its minimalism. Although Adams's artistic reach occasionally exceeds his grasp, JACKSONVILLE CITY NIGHTS finds the artist playing to his strengths, resulting in one of his most consistent records.