To celebrate the scheduled release of a new Ryan Adam’s album (Ashes & Fire October 11) I have decided to compile a playlist of my favourites. Anything Ryan touches is solid gold to me but these are my pets:
1. “1974” – Rock n Roll – I realize not a lot of people like this album but it holds a special place for me. Until this CD landed on my desk as a young music director in 2003 I had never heard of Ryan Adams. This song is the kind of ass-kicker I wish he wrote more of.
2. “Note to Self: Don’t Die” – Rock n Roll – Since we’ve started with this record (and kicking sonic ass) why not another “rager” about celebrating mortal individuality. As a romantic gesture, I understand Ryan gave his girlfriend at the time, Parker Posey, a writing credit.
3. “Rosalie Come and Go” – Gold – A track from the “bonus” disc that I always enjoyed. It’s twangy and jaunty.
4. “Halloweenhead” – Easy Tiger – A pretty song about having ugly thoughts. It’s sloppy yet charming.
5. “Come Pick Me Up” – Heartbreaker – This song is so Emo. Only you would never call a Ryan Adams song “Emo.” You know what I mean?
6. “Magnolia Mountain” – Cold Roses – I want to believe this is a love song but after reading the lyrics it may not be the case. It’s as soothing as watching a stream flow.
7. “Desire” – Demolition – The harp solo on this breaks my heart: and I love every second of it.
8. “Starting To Hurt” – Demolition – I always thought this song would fit better on Rock n Roll. I’m 100% sure this song is about sobering up. Who can’t relate to that?
9. “To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)” – Heartbreaker – This song kicks off the movie “Old School.” Brilliance on top of Brilliance.
10. TIE “Wonderwall” -Love Is Hell – & “Down In A Hole” – Followed The Lights – I’m not much of a “cover song” guy but on both occasions I feel Ryan strikes the perfect balance between maintaining the original’s integrity and smoothly adding his own sonic depth.