Ryan Adams

This Is It

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Not Ryan Adams' long-promised song-by-song re-recording of the Strokes' Is This It, this EP instead promotes the Rock N Roll single "This Is It," which nevertheless owes a significant debt to the downtown N.Y.C. rock revival spearheaded by Julian Casablancas and company. Despite its taut, grimy guitar riffs, anthemic chorus, and strangled vocal, the song is an unconvincing forgery, and at most sounds like an Is This It leftover rescued from the cutting-room floor. Three exclusive B-sides round out the set. "Red Lights" is a similarly pedestrian stab at modern rock and "Twice as Bad as Love" sounds like it was written during a commercial break, but the rootsy "Closer When She Goes" -- which evokes the Mavericks, of all people -- at least approximates the earthy appeal of Adams' best records.

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