:ALBUM REVIEW : RYAN ADAMS
Artists : Ryan Adams
Genre : Rock
Date Released : 2014
Just because he has a name that sounds like a famous Canadian rock star famous during the 80’s and 90’s, you expect him to sound like Bryan Adams. Fortunately, Ryan Adams did not dwell on this idea. There are many songs that can point that he has his own brand of rock music.
- Tired of Giving Up – is like a homage to 70’s folk-rock band the Eagles and with a slight touch of Marty Balin’s “Hearts.” One could not help pretend plucking a guitar too while listening to this song. The song title might be a little heavy to the ears but the melody is really catchy thought quite not upbeat.
- Let Go – feels like listening to a Willie Nelson song, only this one is performed by a younger artist. Thus, it somehow lacks the kind of pain that you hear with most of Nelson’s songs. Somehow, Ryan Adams delivery of the song is just enough; letting go with a pang of disappointment.
- Gimme Something Good – like a bride going into her wedding, this song has something borrowed and something new. There are certain portions in this song that sound like “Smoke On The Water” in a very slow tempo. And, the vocal performance her sounds like Don Henly in the old days.
- My Wrecking Ball – is quite a sad song and he made it even sadder by limiting to a guitar as a musical instrument and works very well with his vocal which he tried to tone it down melancholic.
- Stay With Me – another Eagles type of song and you can vocally mash up in the chorus of this song “baby, you’ve got a man on your mind.”
- Kim – is the kind of song that you are familiar with. Yes, it like Rick Springfield all over again. This time more raw and stripped instead of the usual highly produced songs of Rick Springfield.
- Trouble and Feels Like Fire – after listening to these two songs, you can’t help conclude that Ryan Adams is underrated. This is a good song, one that you won’t get tired listening while on a long drive. You can even take this song while sleeping. Again, another song that feels like treading the memory lane; 70’s rock.
- Am I Safe – this is how to make a rock ballad that can make hips sway. I can hear dance version of this song.
- Shadows – at first, you thought that this song would be the fly in the ointment in this album. However, the attempt to sound like Robert Plant works and the good thing about it is that he did it effortlessly.
- I Just Might – may ordinary like any songs done by many bands during the 80’s however, compared with those songs this one is a potential classic.
Yes, this could be considered as a homage albums to all his rock inspirations and fortunately, he veered away from sounding like the same with the idols mentioned. Only time will tell if this record will stand the test of time. Definitely, this one is worth buying and keeping. I rate this record 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it