Love Is Hell

Universal Music S.A.
Release date
4 May 2004
Running length
16 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Political Scientist 4:31 50,450
2 Afraid Not Scared 4:13 51,508
3 This House Is Not for Sale 3:53 53,993
4 Anybody Wanna Take Me Home (Long Version) 5:30 1,085
5 Love Is Hell 3:19 53,287
6 Wonderwall 4:08 298,465
7 The Shadowlands 5:19 55,639
8 World War 24 4:16 42,354
9 Avalanche 5:07 46,690
10 My Blue Manhattan 2:22 40,968
11 Please Do Not Let Me Go 3:36 49,499
12 City Rain, City Streets 3:47 34,613
13 I See Monsters 3:55 48,153
14 English Girls Approximately 5:41 57,630
15 Thank You Louise 2:50 37,168
16 Hotel Chelsea Nights 5:11 41,748

About this album

‘Love Is Hell’ is the fifth studio album by Ryan Adams, released on May 4, 2004. The album was originally released as two EPs, Love Is Hell pt. 1 and Love Is Hell pt. 2, at the insistence of Lost Highway, who deemed that the album was not commercially viable. A full length version of the album was released when the EPs proved to be more of a commercial success than anticipated. Adams describes the album as sounding: “a lot like Heartbreaker, but better and more severe. It’s complex and it’s damaged,” and states that it “was the record I needed to make,”

Concerning the album, president of Lost Highway, Luke Lewis, notes that:

“It was a big departure. I told him I thought he could do better, but I tell him that all the time. On a business level, I could’ve done fine with Love Is Hell. But we both knew…he was suffering from overhype. I said, ‘Are you sure this is gonna be the statement you wanna make?’… His young ass was hanging out there. If wasn’t good, he was gonna get whacked by a lot of people.”

Adams states that:

“it was, ‘This isn’t the record that Ryan should make’, but I think I should have the license to express myself however I want to. And if you have enough faith and trust in an artist to sign them to your fucking label, and you’re an ‘artists’ label’, then I think it has to be a consensual relationship. If I do make a record that totally sucks, then the public forum will take care of it. They’ll get rid of you themselves - the survival of the fittest

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  • firefly2811

    his best by a mile

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KoldKalamity

    I'm going to learn to play this album.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • suededead

    this one is the best

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • chillpill4ya

    ugh..i love this album and each year since i first bough the split eps. i have gone through so much emotional shit and this album has always been a way through the dark.

    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bluedelphium

    this was my first ryan adams album, and will always be my favorite. powerful stuff.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • ThisManWhisky

    One of my favourite autumn/winter albums too. But the two EP edition with the extra tracks is better. Halloween is one of my favourites but it isn't on the single album edition.

    6 Jan 2011 Reply
  • TSHelliot

    This album will hands down change your life.

    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Ravian18

    His best album, period, even better in the autumn/winter like threehours said!

    14 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Squire22

    Great musician and great album!

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • threehours

    perfect album for autumn/winter

    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • lockieee

    i'm not sure if it's just me, but this album sounds like jeff buckley. not to say it's not good or that it's a rip off, cos it's amazing. i'm just saying, ya know...

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • sophiascalpel

    best thing ryan adams has ever done... having your heart bleed never felt this good. milestone for me.

    18 Jul 2009 Reply
  • foolishwolf

    Best RA album. Best album. Just fucking best, best, best! One for the ages.

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • lukeyg

    This is the best RA album. The Shadowlands is its best song, easily! Please Do Not Let Me Go is awesome as well

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fanball79

    This is my favorite Ryan Adams' album. Soooooo Good!

    11 May 2009 Reply
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    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ollib1304

    This is just...perfect. There's no other way I can describe it. My favourite album ever.

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • WhenPaulaSparks

    This album is such a thorough soul-searching. Painfully exquisite.

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Rattle_

    The Shadowlands are fucking best!

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Lillipod

    Everything he does is a work of art. The cover must have captured how he felt at the time. Leave him alone. Keep going Ryan.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
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