Ryan Adams

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All Music Guide - Scott Kerr
Prolific American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams spent the years after his 2011 release Ashes & Fire placating an inner ear disorder that saw him cancel tours and prevented him working on music. Following successful hypnotherapy sessions, Adams decamped to his L.A. Pax-Am studios with bassist Tal Winkenfeld, drummer Jeremy Stacey, and guitarist/producer Mike Viola for his self-titled 14th release. The B-side to the album's first single, "Gimme Something Good," featured backing vocals and guitar work from Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even the most prolific ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Kerr
Prolific American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams spent the years after his 2011 release Ashes & Fire placating an inner ear disorder that saw him cancel tours and prevented him working on music. Following successful hypnotherapy sessions, Adams decamped to his L.A. Pax-Am studios with bassist Tal Winkenfeld, drummer Jeremy Stacey, and guitarist/producer Mike Viola for his self-titled 14th release. The B-side to the album's first single, "Gimme Something Good," featured backing vocals and guitar work from Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even the most prolific artists need a break and so it was with Ryan Adams. After a great burst of creativity that resulted in four albums' worth of material in two years -- Orion plus the double-LP III/IV in 2010, followed by Ashes & Fire in 2011 '- Adams took a three-year hiatus, dabbling in side projects and productions, breaking up his longtime backing band the Cardinals, and eventually re-emerging in 2014 with a self-titled album. The old canard says an eponymous album released well into a career suggests a rebirth, and that's somewhat true of Ryan Adams, which largely ditches the Dead obsessions, ragged country-rock, and occasional noise squall for precision-tuned audio straight out of 1981. He still finds space for the spare "My Wrecking Ball," an intimate piece of acoustica that recalls the spartan Heartbreaker, but not unlike Jenny Lewis' The Voyager, which Adams also produced, craft is the order of the day here, from the expertly carved bones of the songs to the fathomless shimmer of the album's surface. Unlike Love Is Hell, which wallowed in murk, or the self-styled dazzle of Gold, Ryan Adams is designed for comfort, placing as much import on the rolling aural waves as what lays within a song. This suppleness is quite alluring: Ryan Adams is a record that can slip into the background, providing the soundtrack to anything from heartbreak to a lazy Sunday morning. If Ryan Adams was merely sonic candy, it would've been enough, but this is also one of Adams' cannily constructed records, one that runs deliberately lean. Whenever the soft shimmer of his Yacht Rock resurrection yields, it's to draw attention to his vulnerability: "My Wrecking Ball" and the Springsteen rockabilly homage "I Just Might," the bittersweet twilight coda "Let Go," all seem stronger because they're departures from the purposeful polish. These songs puncture the gloss, so they make the greatest first impression, but that glimmer remains the reason to get lost within Ryan Adams: his blend of song and studio craft turns this eponymous album into the equivalent of a substantive, new millennial version of the Eagles' Long Run.
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Ryan Adams’ new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter’s first full length since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire. The first single “Gimme Something Good” has already elicited wide praise with Stereogum exclaiming “he doesn’t seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout.”

Ryan Adams’ new album is a self-titled affair and the first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the NC-born singer/songwriter’s first full length since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire. The first single “Gimme Something Good” has already elicited wide praise with Stereogum exclaiming “he doesn’t seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout.”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 602537370368
  • Catalog Number: 002099502
  • Sales rank: 4,508

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gimme Something Good (3:54)
  2. 2 Kim (3:26)
  3. 3 Trouble (3:47)
  4. 4 Am I Safe (4:32)
  5. 5 My Wrecking Ball (3:08)
  6. 6 Stay With Me (3:06)
  7. 7 Shadows (5:22)
  8. 8 Feels Like Fire (4:25)
  9. 9 I Just Might (3:29)
  10. 10 Tired of Giving Up (3:40)
  11. 11 Let Go (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryan Adams Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Johnny Depp Guitar, Vocals
Mandy Moore Vocals
Tal Wilkenfeld Bass
Marshall Vore Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Mike Viola Producer, Contribution
Ryan Adams Composer, Producer
Charlie Stavish Producer, Engineer
Andy West Artwork
David Labrel Engineer
Julia Brokaw Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Gentry Studer Mastering
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  • Posted December 19, 2014

    This is my favorite record on 2014. And his best ever.

    This is my favorite record on 2014. And his best ever.

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