Ryan Adams Rock N Roll (Universal) If ever a case was to be made for artists sticking to what they do best, Rock N Roll is it. The third solo album from former Whiskeytown vocalist Adams is at best a vanity project gone wrong, and at worst, the potential death of what was a promising rock career. Simply, Adams is a country rocker. His solo debut Heartbreaker and then the monster-selling Gold established him at the vanguard of alt country - country music without the twang and with all the heart and attitude of punk. It was a winning combination, and two years ago, even The Strokes couldn't put one over on the man. But since then, his efforts have sent him down lanes he should have left unchartered. It's not that Rock N Roll is bad: it's not. It's very listenable. But the point is, it just isn't Adams. He has swapped the heart and soul of, say, his hit New York, New York for the sub-Oasis plod rock of 1974, the catchiest song on the album. In interviews, it seems Adams was determined to anger his fans with a style volte-face. Unfortunately, he's also likely to alienate those who had just a passing interest in his music.