Ryan Adams – Demolition

Demolition (2002)


1. Nuclear 2. Hallelujah 3. You Will Always Be The Same 4. Desire 5. Cry On Demand 6. Starting To Hurt 7. She Wants To Play Hearts 8. Tennessee Sucks 9. Dear Chicago 10. Gimme A Sign 11. Tomorrow 12. Chin Up, Cheer Up 13. Jesus (Don’t Touch My Baby)


Originally intended to be a box set of all Ryan’s unreleased-to-that-point post-Heartbreaker material, Demolition is instead a single album-length compilation culled from these recordings. It features six tracks from The Pinkhearts Sessions, three each from 48 Hours and The Suicide Handbook, and one from The Swedish Sessions. Needless to say, these songs go about as well together as the Ayatollah and a pork chop sandwich. On the bright side, it introduced “Dear Chicago,” “Cry On Demand,” and “Hallelujah” to general public. On the dark side, it introduced “Starting To Hurt” to the general public. Please refer to my previous reviews for further descriptions of the music contained on this record album. Thank you, and have a nice day.

Can I just say one thing? I’m sick of all the country’s greatest athletes being complete pieces of shit. Bonds and Clemens: shut out of the Hall of Fame for roids. Lance Armstrong: lying, vindictive doping fiend. Tiger Woods: fuck-happy piece of shit. And now there’s the whole Manti T’eo fiasco. And yes, he’s a fucking liar who was in this whole dead girlfriend hoax. There’s no way he could have been duped that long without ever seeing this girl’s face. I know. I met my girlfriend online. Has he never heard of Skype? Yes. He has. But the girl wasn’t real and he knew that. He is full of shit. There are companies out there that create fake online girlfriends for teenage boys. It would appear that T’eo had his friend Ronaiah Tuiasopo provide the same service for him. Why? To beef up his case for the Heisman Trophy? To increase his draft stock? To try, as I read one internet commenter hypothesize today, to cover up the fact that he’s gay? In the perhaps unlikely scenario that it’s the latter, then that’s a whole other issue. But most likely, T’eo is a fucking crazy person who cooked this story up, or at least went along with it, as a publicity stunt. I mean, shit, man. I hate how famous people are expected to be “role models,” but come on, athletes, can we at least hold ourselves to a basic level of non-sociopathy? Maybe you can’t. People suck, especially famous people. This is clear. All I know is that my childhood hero was Derek Jeter and he doesn’t suck. Try not to suck. Just play fucking football.