- Personnel: Ryan Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, drums); Neal Casal (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, Wurlitzer organ, background vocals); Jon Graboff (vocals, electric guitar, background vocals); Chris Feinstein (vocals); Michael Panes (violin); Brad Pemberton (drums, percussion).
- Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.
- Photographer: Neal Casal.
Rolling Stone (p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "CARDINOLOGY is a classic-rock record to the bone, nodding to influences that Adams has conjured before but never so well: the country rock of the Grateful Dead and Gram Parsons, the arena anthems of U2."
Rolling Stone (p.90) - Ranked #14 in Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums Of 2008 -- "Adams' best LP in years..."
Spin (p.106) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Like TIGER, CARDINOLOGY is long on midtempo country-rock shuffles that sound comfortable with their own familiarity..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.62) - "He's allowed his songwriting to settle into a comfortable pattern as he's matured, but that hasn't made it any less vital." -- Grade: A-
Alternative Press (p.129) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Go Easy' is soft and reassuring, getting your heart worked up with warm fuzzies before it transitions into the deep, sultry blues of 'Fix It.'"
Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "From the word go, CARDINOLOGY establishes a mood of quiet expectations....This is watercolour...with gentle shadows, dappled light, no large strokes, just restrained and organic....[A] moving album."
Blender (Magazine) (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a group effort, and affirmation of Cardinal principles. For the most part, that means less acoustic lilt and more bruising force."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Crossed Out Name,' 'Sink Ships,' and 'Evergreen' have the right mix of emotion and atmosphere..."