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(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.)

At a brisk one minute and forty-three seconds Ryan Adams’ “Operator, Operator” is practically over before it really begins, ultimately leaving the listener wanting more. And really, isn’t that what we all want in a good pop song; something that hits the sweet spot and immediately begs you to hit the repeat button. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that sometimes in music there is such a thing as positive unsatisfaction; the short burst of perfect sound that must be heard over and over again (see: Minutemen, Guided by Voices, et al). While by no means a definitive song in Adams now massive discography (the track was a b-side to 2005’s Cold Roses LP), “Operator, Operator” is a perfect example of the artist’s seemingly boundless creative energy — and while not all of it pays off, a lot of it does. If I was a betting man I would wager this was a throwaway — something Adams and band casually banged out at the end of a session. Dig.

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MP3: Ryan Adams :: Operator, Operator

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5 Responses to “Sevens :: Ryan Adams: Operator, Operator”

  1. Actually, it was a b-side for Cold Roses (the Let it Ride single, I think).

  2. […] Really, more Ryan Adams songs should be under 2 minutes long (Aquarium Drunkard). […]

  3. […] Really, more Ryan Adams songs should be under 2 minutes long (Aquarium Drunkard). […]

  4. For a good “hit repeat” Adams song, I prefer “France”. Not that Operator, Operator doesn’t have merits, but France is like musical crack.

  5. Wait, Ryan Adams followed another hipster trend with the silly glasses? I’m baffled that anyone with an inkling of taste still follows this frat boy.

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