By: Maria Gonzalez
Ryan Adams, not to be confused with Canadian singer Bryan Adams, released a more mature sound with his album “Ashes and Fire.”
After being compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Leonard Cohen, Adams seems to finally have found a sound of his own. It is full of bliss, with subtle sounds that make inviting songs. Adams is an alternative country-rock singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He has come a long way, from being on a small record company to owning his own label.
The single “Lucky Now” is accompanied by keyboardist Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It has a soothing melody, with lyrics about self-reflection.
In this album, his wife Mandy Moore and friend Norah Jones accompany Adams on chorus for a couple of tracks, fitting as a hand in glove with his voice. “Come Home” has a bluesy sound, with simple guitar and lyrics that seems to suggest a cold night next to loneliness.
Adams sings, “As the storm grows stronger, deeper and wide, my faith’s a winding river with no riverside.” With a more upbeat sound, “Chains of Love” is a short and sweet song, bringing in a rock ‘n’ roll feel to the album. “I love you, but I don’t know what to say” is a love ballad. With exquisitely poetic lyrics he sings, “I promise you I will keep you safe from harm and love you all the rest of my days.”
Although Adams suffers from Ménière’s disease, which can affect his hearing and balance, this has not stopped him from continuing to make music. Having teamed up with excellent producer Glyn Johns, who has worked with bands such as The Who and The Rolling Stones, has helped improve his sound.
This album shows Adams as a more mature musician, with lyrics that show he is in a better emotional state and perhaps leaving behind his rebellious attitude. “Ashes and Fire,” is available on his web page paxamrecords.com and on iTunes.