The Ryan line is open
First things first – the lead single on Ryan Adams’ Prisoner, ‘Do You Still Love Me?’, is an AOR behemoth in the Journey/REO Speedwagon tradition. You’ll be drumming the steering wheel, and offering a roared prayer to St Vinny the Fabulous, up on sacred Mt. USA. It is bloody marvellous.
Apart from that opener, which in and of itself is highly unlikely to be mistaken for ‘Everything Is Awesome’, the mood is dark. The break-up of Adams’ marriage to Mandy Moore hangs heavy, as a cursory glance at the song titles will tell you: ‘Doomsday’, ‘Haunted House’, ‘Breakdown’, ‘Head In Oven Time’ (I made one of them up).
“Great!” I hear you say. “Ryan is back to his miserable Heartbreaker best, right?” Well, no, not quite. Prisoner is a fine record, but it’s perhaps closer in spirit to 2004’s Love Is Hell. The sound channels Johnny Marr channelling James Honeyman-Scott, leaving us in little doubt as to who got the guitar pedals in the divorce. There are mournful, Springsteen-style harmonica stabs, and even an E-Street sax break at one point – a first for Adams as far as I know.
In other places, the singer sounds a bit like Tom Petty’s cranky younger brother, and I mean that in a good way. He’s long since abandoned the new Gram Parsons hat that made me fall in love with him back in Whiskeytown, but no matter. He writes songs that lodge in the skull, and there are twelve good examples here.
Ryan Adams, "Do You Still Love Me?"
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The latest Hot Press interviewee performed the new single on Fallon's late night talk show on NBC.Read More
Though his Hot Press interview unexpectedly commences with an impromptu Twitter Q&A, alt. country star Ryan Adams soon settles down to discuss his medicinal marijuana use, why he’s finally released a self-titled album – and the pros and cons of turning 40.Read More
Adams rolled out the new video for 'Gimme Something Good' today via Vevo.Read More
Our friends at American National Public Radio have Newport Folk festival sets from Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams who gives a remarkably frank interview to our Mr. Tyaransen in the new issue of Hot Press, out on Thursday August 7.Read More
In an extraordinary multimedia interview, Ryan Adams talks to Olaf Tyaransen (and about 15 Twitter users) about interaction, illness and inspiration.Read More
The 7" is the lsecond release in the artist's single seriesRead More
Adams demons are locked in a trunk somewhere, out of view, out of mind.Read More
The North Carolina singer will play here in April.Read More
He was the boy wonder of country rock before drugs, illness and an inability to rein in his creativity got in the way. Now Ryan Adams is hitched to a movie star and ready to proclaim himself an artist reborn. He talks about the long road to redemption and explains why he was never such a lost soul in the first place.Read More
The bad boy of alt. country is back on the straight and narrow.Read More
The songwriter has just posted Ashes & Fire online.Read More
'Lucky Now' sees Ryan return to his rootsRead More
The singer will play Cork and Dublin this JuneRead More
The king of alt-country Ryan Adams has announced a stadium show in Dublin.Read More
Ryan Adams is impossible really: wilfully slip-shod, prone to cliché, desperately unfashionable. But against all better judgement, you get the feeling that he’s worthy of some indulgence.Read More
The nigh-on three hour set will see the prolific Adams delve deep into his extensive back catalogue, panhandling for precious nuggets, with songs from Heartbreaker and Gold glinting among the Cardinals’ material.Read More
Ryan Adams is to play a show in Belfast and Dublin with The Cardinals in tow.Read More
Ryan Adams’ third album in the space of a year is a meditation on his 20s, with each of the nine songs representing a year of his life from 21 to his current age of 29 – apparently he didn’t think 20 counted as he still felt like he was 19.Read More
Good news for fans who have lately doubted the wisdom of their initial investment. Ryan Adams could just be on the rise once more.Read More
There’s a danger that someone who tries to be everything to everyone – a country crooner for Mary-Lou, a rocker for Sadie – ends up meaning not much to anybody. So while Adams’ post Whiskeytown affairs have been inconsistent in terms of style and quality, Cold Roses is a return to the form that made him famous.Read More
Between falling off stage and firing loose cannons on radio, it all seems to have gone pear shaped for Ryan AdamsRead More
There is more than the occasional flash of inspired emotional outpouring.Read More
When Ryan Adams gave his record company an album called 'Love Is Hell', they declined to release this “fucking dark, twisted sad and morose” record. so Adams decided instead to record a loud, punky, uptempo album called 'Rock N Roll'. and guess what? now we get to hear both.Read More
Ryan Adams fans will be treated to four seperate releases before the year is outRead More
The North Carolina man who has won the hearts of many with his two glorious solo albums, is spending most of the evening apologising for his patchy show and wishing he could depart the stageRead More
It captures an artist not only in a phase of incredible productivity but also experimenting with a number of stylesRead More
Ryan Adams to play Belfast Waterfront... which can only mean he's Dublin-bound as well (watch this space)Read More
This is wonderful material, executed with the sure, steady hand of a true craftsmanRead More
Tipped as a man who would (could) be king in the alt. country arena for his band Whiskeytown, this slight departure is altogether a less frantic affair.Read More