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Stream: Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

on September 25, 2011, 10:57pm

ryan adams ashes fire Stream: Ryan Adams   Ashes & Fire

Here’s a welcome surprise: NPR is now streaming Ryan Adams’ first LP in three years, Ashes & Fire, three weeks ahead of its October 11th release (via Pax-AM/Capitol). As previously reported, the 11-track effort was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns (Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Clash) and features guest appearances by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and Norah Jones, who contributes piano and backing vocals on several tracks.

Other albums available to hear early:

DJ Shadow’s new LP, Think of The Less You Know, The Better, arrives October 4th via Verge. Hear it now at NPR.

– The Damon Albarn-led super collective DRC Music releases their album Kinshasa One Two on October 4th via Warp Records, with all proceeds benefiting Oxfam’s work in the Congo. Hear it now at Hype Machine.

The Knux’s sophomore LP, Eraser, arrives September 27th via Cherrytree. Hear it now on their MySpace page.


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October 1, 2011 at 5:44 am

wow do some homework before posting, seriously. Ryan Adams hasn’t put out an album in 3 years unless you count unreleased material that finally made it out through his own record label. if you want to make some snarky comment on a website you might want to check and see if you’re right as to not make a complete a** out of yourself. 

Thanks for pointing this out, Alex.

Alex Young
September 28, 2011 at 12:07 am

Songdriver – I’m entirely aware of III/IV. It wasn’t considered a new album though — rather, it was a vault release. This is his first new album of original material in three years.

September 26, 2011 at 6:52 am

“Dirty Rain” is a return to form. Tracks like this
make me think Elton John was right about him.

“Ashes & Fire” – Holy smokes, two fine tracks
in a row. What I love is that it brings me back to that live “To Be
Young” sound.

“Come Home” tries to be on Heartbreaker, but all it could muster was to be on a Nickel Creek

“Rocks” sounds like a Mark Kozelek attempt at
AC/DC – something that was bad in the 80s and was given the country treatment
and is still bad.

“Do I Wait” is boring. And half-way through it
gets U2 boring.

“Chains of Love” immediately sounds genuine, but
then you realize RA appropriated a La’s song.

“Invisible Riverside” is solid. He succeeds when
he keeps his distance from sentimentality.

“Save Me” is just a darn pretty sound.

“Kindness” — The lyrics kill it for me.  “Kindness can kill a broken heart.”
(Seriously?) “Do you believe in love?” Do you believe in pressing
erase after recording an awful song?

“Lucky Now” is a fine song. But ADHD is a terrible
thing. By the time he finishes this he is already distracted by 10 bad songs.
“Dog is to Squirrel as Ryan Adams is to Nuclear.”

“I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say” — What
do say? The prom isn’t until May. And sorry, Glenville HS already chose
“Wonderful Tonight” as their theme song.


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