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Ryan Adams - Prisoner Album Review

Ryan Adams was eight in 1982. You can imagine him in his room, strumming his tennis racquet (not a euphemism) to "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake, or shadow-boxing to "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor, especially when you hear the opening track to his 2017 album, "Prisoner", 'Do You Still Love Me?' It immediately smacks of over-ripe AOR cheese from a bygone era of Donkey Kong and Dallas. It's unashamed rock schtick, replete with Jack Black "School of Rock" guitar solo. Stylistically, it's an odd false start to the album, which is quieter and more contemplative. Thematically, it's a statement of intent, Adams heaving his battered, sorry bones through the no-man's-land of post-break-up bleakness.

Ryan Adams - Prisoner Album Review

The dissolution of his marriage in 2014 was something he summarised as 'just a f**king horrible thing'. Whether that devastation and shock made him directly want to cover an entire Taylor Swift album, heaven only knows, but alongside that, he gradually worked his way towards producing "Prisoner". In the pipeline since 2015 and originally a potential double album, the eventual product, twelve tracks, feels like a much more reined-in emotional exorcism and a reflection of the built-in obsolescence of love. It's also an aurally satisfying, perfectly-arranged Smiths/Springsteen homage, or a well-executed confessional Adams exercise in maudlin alt-country and calculated soft-rock pastiche, depending on your wont.

"Doomsday" and "Haunted House" both feature plaintive harmonica and vocals like 'The Boss', albeit a boss who's received at least one formal warning from HR ('How can you complicate a kiss?') "Haunted House" is clearly possessed by the spectre of failed love, pointing us towards 'cracks in the window, spiders in the hall', like Martin Roberts in a "Homes Under the Hammer Emo Special". "Shiver and Shake" has a repetitive, breathless quality, with ethereal synth and echo-chamber, acoustic guitar strums creating a woozy, out-of-body lovesickness.

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Ryan Adams Will Release New Album In 2017

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Ryan Adams is set to release a new album in 2017.

The 41-year-old singer will release his first LP called 'Prisoner' in three years, which will come out next year alongside the single 'Do You Still Love Me' that will be available from Wednesday (07.12.16).

The star announced the news via social media, which saw him post a picture of the record's artwork.

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From Steely Dan To Raekwon And Ghostface Killah: Who's Been Announced For Coachella 2015?

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It's that time of year again as the full line-up announcement for Coachella 2015 arrives following some spectacular headliners: AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will all top the bills at the two-weekend event in April.

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Well known for its diverse collection of rock, pop, electronic, hip hop and indie artists from around the world, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is yet again set to arrive at the Empire Polo Club fields in Indio, California. Kicking off with the first event from Friday April 10th - 12th, the festival will repeat the following week from April 17th - 19th.

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Jim Pusey's Top Albums Of 2014

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Jim Pusey's Top Albums of 2014

I'm still unsure what this decade will be seen as in years to come with regard to music, 2014 despite offering up some seriously great records has done little to cement a trend that will define the musical landscape in the public consciousness. Yes, artists continued to experiment with how to release their material, but there doesn't seem to be an alternative model that has been entirely successful. Thom Yorke's second solo album Life's Modern Boxes employed an innovative BitTorrent release three months ago, but for the most part failed to make a real impact. It's an ok record, nothing more, but suffers mainly because it doesn't feel like it's pushing the sonic envelope in the same way as the Atoms For Peace record did. Meanwhile U2 decided to drop an album out of nowhere to everybody with an Apple account. Self-aggrandising or an altruistic gesture to fans? Whatever your view the column inches it generated won't have hurt the band, even if Songs Of Innocence wasn't quite the re-invention that many were hoping for. To my ear it's a record with some redeeming qualities and some good song writing, but the handful of tracks that may be a welcome addition to the quartets body of work are outnumbered by filler.

Elsewhere it's been a strong year for Pop, Lily Allen and Katy B continued to produce interesting albums. However Taylor Swift's 1989 was a particular highlight, although in the same way as recent offerings from TV On The Radio (Seeds) and The Smashing Pumpkins (Monuments To An Elegy), I haven't lived with those records long enough for them to make my top ten of the year. I'd also have liked to have seen mainstream Hip Hop recover from a lull in 2013, but aside from Run The Jewels second record (Run The Jewels 2) and The Roots concept album (.And Then They Shoot Your Cousin), nothing really jumped out at me.

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Johnny Depp Joins Ryan Adams For Danzig Cover In London [Video]

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Hollywood actor Ryan Adams was joined by friend and keen guitarist Johnny Depp on-stage in London on Thursday night (September 18, 2014). The Hollywood actor joined the singer-songwriter for an encore at Shepherd's Bush Empire, playing a cover of Danzig's 'Mother' and Adams' new track, 'Kim'.

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The pair are known to be fairly close and Depp appears on the B-side for Ryan's new single 'Gimmie Something Good', playing guitar and soloing on 'Aching For More'. 

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Ryan Adams Added To ITunes Festival Line-up After Concerts Sell Out

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After selling out a string of UK gigs in September, the returning Ryan Adams has been added to next month's iTunes Festival in London joining the previously announced headliners Maroon 5, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of SummerAs well as Adams, Jessie Ware and Lenny Kravitz will play the ever-popular festival. 

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"I'm really excited about my new album, Strut, and playing the festival this year, as well as working with iTunes," Kravitz said in a statement. "Looking forward to seeing everybody at the show next month!"

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Mandy Moore Confused Unwanted Religious Reputation

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Pop star turned actress, Mandy Moore, has been amazed by the religious reputation she has been given, and believes that it is partly due to her scandal-free career. Moore, who's recently married Ryan Adams, had to go as far as to address her religious beliefs, or lack of them, on her first dates.

Moore explained: "I don't actually think of myself as a religious person, per se. Spiritual, yes. I think I was cast in a role of being religious because of (films like) Walk To Remember... People were like, 'You keep playing these Christian characters.' I grew up Catholic but not even a good Catholic. I don't think religion really factored in." 

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Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger, Album Review

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RYAN ADAMS - Interviewed by Zane Lowe

Interviewed by Zane Lowe

Ryan Adams, born in North Carolina in November of 1974, is a rock Musician, a failed painter and playwright (who has only seen 3 plays although drops Jean Genets' and Leroi Jones' names when discussing plays because he is twat)

Has lived in Manhattan off and on for 5 years or so. His interests are Sci-Fi movies, 45 Grave albums, Bootlegs of The Smiths, and bad clothing. He has been know to drink but does not enjoy beer or white wine (which leaves alot to be accounted for). Does Not own a drivers license but has owned a car. Collects Patchwork quilts. Sleeps entirely too much. Only drinks coffee in the summer. Does not enjoy television anymore but still watches Friends. is a threat to Mankind and all living things. Is quoted as saying the off-broadway tour de force play"Kiki-and Herb" is the punkest most heart-stopping thing he has ever seen. Whose favorite movies are "Coal-miners Daughter, Straight No Chaser, Star Wars, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (with Maggie Smith, his favorite actress, and Steel Magnolias. Who plays in a band with one of his three best friends Johnny T. "the Ryan Adams Killers, and at one time or another worked as,

1. a plumber
2. at hardees (chicken and biscuits duty)
3. a bread baking factory
4. a dishwasher
5. a bartender/ sandwich maker ( a poor one at that)
6. a demolition crew worker
7. a grocery store shelf stocker
8. a guitar player

he loves most everybody and does not want to start anymore trouble. plus he loves cats.

Single 'So Alive' released Jan 19

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Date of birth

5th November, 1974