- Summary: The 14th solo studio release for the rock singer-songwriter was self-produced.
- Record Label: Blue Note
- Genre(s): Alt-Country, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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|Gimme Something Good|
|I can't talk My mind is so blank So going for a walk I've got nothing left to say I can't see The darkness on the rise I'll be waiting here Until...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Q MagazineSep 3, 2014Adams is such a contrary character you daren't use the phrase "career comeback," but that's what this is. [Oct 2014, p.101]
Sep 26, 2014It is not often that you find an album where all the songs are awesome, unless you are listening to a greatest hits album. Ryan has done anIt is not often that you find an album where all the songs are awesome, unless you are listening to a greatest hits album. Ryan has done an amazing job and created an album where all the songs are truly amazing. Ryan best get ready for some awards… Expand
Sep 9, 2014Ryan Adams' self titled/produced album is one of his best records since the 3 album year of 2005. Adams hasn't sounded this confident andRyan Adams' self titled/produced album is one of his best records since the 3 album year of 2005. Adams hasn't sounded this confident and natural since Cold Roses. "Ryan Adams" features a few rockers but the album is anchored by "My Wrecking Ball." The song about Adams' late grand mother is an emotional knockout.
Every Ryan Adams record features songs that his fans will love, but this album is fantastic from start to finish.… Expand
Sep 19, 2014They say this is the 14th release, maybe officially, but there are lots more. Out of all the official albums, which its really hard toThey say this is the 14th release, maybe officially, but there are lots more. Out of all the official albums, which its really hard to compare, because they are all so different, this is right up there with Heartbreaker and Gold!! In fact those three probably best represent the folk, classic rock and alternative sides to the man's incendiary career!… Expand
Oct 16, 2014Upon first listen the record sounds like RA by numbers with a couple of standout soulful rock tunes. However, this album is a subtly craftedUpon first listen the record sounds like RA by numbers with a couple of standout soulful rock tunes. However, this album is a subtly crafted masterpiece, revealing it's charms upon repeated listens. The arrangements are complex and thrilling. The guitar sound is pure ear candy, reminiscent of Big Star, REM, the Smiths, Petty, Springsteen, the Mac . If you like guitar, buy this record. Adams on analog tape is good enough, but add support from Stacey, Was, Tench ( who steals a couple of acenes) and all the crisp guitar arrangements and you have what sounds like a late seventies early eighties FM classic. I don't know if it was not Was playing the bass on "Tired...," but whoever it was was channeling John McVie, hard. The album could have been titled "FM" because it reminds me of the late seventies/ early eighties radio I heard as a kid, before they started ruining drum sounds with digital reverb. Stacey sounds awesome on tape, solid as a bunker. I only wish i could hear the record in the control room from the masters, simply to be more impressed. I saw some review that said the sound was "muddy." Clean the **** from thine ears, please! This record is the opposite of muddy. Fire that dude!
The confessional style lyrics are direct and often evocative and poetic; and the sense and themes of loss, loss of words, fear of loss, are well suited by the sound of the record. There is repetition of these themes that ties the songs together as a whole. Adams is underrated as a lyricist, no doubt! This record deals with some mature emotional themes so it might not be for everybody, but it does so in an achingly gorgeous way. " Maybe any promise anybody makes is destined for the rocks the longer it takes".....wow!
Highlights: Gimme Something Good, Trouble, I Just Might, , Tired of Giving Up So Easy. The latter is the closest Adams has come to both the sardonic melancholy and brilliant backing tracks of the best Smiths' songs. It's hard to be as good as Morissey/Marr but he is getting damn close, in one dude! Each song has charm and craft, so you can listen and listen. This is the best written, played, and sounding album i bought this year.
The best thing is, that after the substance abuse stuff ( been there), and the health issues, the artist has found a new confidence and a good support crew ( Mike Viola, of "Let me Hold You Little Man" fame and all the others mentioned and not mentioned.) This could easily be a Modus Operendi going forward that produces a lot of great work. My bet is the next RA album coming out of Pax Am is going to be equally great if not better. I still want to hear didgeridoo with some serious tape echo!… Expand
Sep 14, 2014Basically the antithesis of the mostly acoustic "Ashes and Fire". A good album, but this type of rock form usually finds Ryan Adams out of hisBasically the antithesis of the mostly acoustic "Ashes and Fire". A good album, but this type of rock form usually finds Ryan Adams out of his comfort zone and not in a good way.… Expand
Sep 13, 2014Ooh such a pedestrian sounding record form an artist who appears to be suffering from a crisis of musical confidence. This west coast softOoh such a pedestrian sounding record form an artist who appears to be suffering from a crisis of musical confidence. This west coast soft rock comes flavoured with a definite Tom Petty -esque blandness. Why are critics calling this record some kind of return to form ? Ashes and Fire, his last album is far better. 'Feels Like Fire' is possibly the only track which would make it on any list of his best efforts.… Expand
Sep 14, 2014I read a comment from him recently recently that he'd thrown away a whole album as he wanted to break out of his acoustic comfort zone. ThatI read a comment from him recently recently that he'd thrown away a whole album as he wanted to break out of his acoustic comfort zone. That sounded a bit odd but there was always the chance this was a classic, unfortunately its not. Its the most boring generic rock I've heard in a long time.
I know people will mention Bryan Adams but at least he wrote some memorable tracks where as there's nothing interesting about any of these songs and I can't see myself giving the whole thing more than a couple of listens.
My advice to any fans of some of his earlier stuff is to give this a listen before buying as you're probably going to be let down.
If however this is the first time you've heard of Ryan Adams then I'd suggest giving Heartbreaker a listen, its a superb album, and from there make sure to listen to the album before buying it as unfortunately his albums alternate between great and terrible.… Expand
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