10. Demolition (2002): Not exactly an album, per se, Demolition gathers tracks from a handful of Adams’s unreleased works (including The Suicide Handbook, The Pinkheart Sessions, and 48 Hours), the cream of which had already been harvested for the 2001 double album, Gold. Adams himself has said that he doesn’t care for Demolition, and it is a bit aimless (not surprising considering its provenance), but all of these disclaimers — including the album’s idiotic title and artwork, which position the thing as a hastily assembled collection of sloppy first-takes (which is not, in fact, the case) — detract from the many excellent songs here. Delete the rockers, make this thing an EP of country songs and ballads, and it vaults up this list.

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