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ALBUM OF WEEK 46 – ASHES & FIRE

Definitely 2011 is being a good year of musical releases. I couldn’t be happier. Urge Overkill, Rich Robinson, Loaded, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle… and I’m glad I’m more connected to reality and more updated, because before, I had a human filter, so I didn’t pay much attention.

Ryan Adams did a great trick when, together with Pax-Am, the record label, decided to filter the album on pre-sale period. Singles, videos, made the actual comeback more exciting.

And yes, my favorite music workaholic has delivered a wonderful album once again, despite The Cardinals missing.

Few days ago, discussing on the album with some friends, Enric confessed he doesn’t dig it. He’s not a diehard fan, and probably hasn’t found a good starting point, to dive into Adams’, and perhaps this is not the best album to balance his whole career. He said Adams was too happy, and that ‘s not a good state for a musician. Well, I agree on the first part, seems like everybody is fine for the artist nowadays, thus Ashes and Fire doesn’t reflect any inner demons as Love is Hell or Cardinology, it actually spreads kind of calm and peace. Still, nothing to do with Rich Robinson’s Through a Crooked Sun, for instance, something more like calm after the storm.

Nevertheless, as soon as I hear him singing Dirty Rain, a tender feeling invades me, and think, yes, he’s finally back. Songs as Come Home, Do I want or Kindness are very intense.

Adams is Adams, seems like he’s become one of those artists either you love unconditional, or you hate. I choose the first option. Most likely in 20 years, I reckon he’ll be praised as a classic, at the same level as Neil Young.

Bless you’re back Adams!

THE MACHINE IS UNSTOPPABLE – ASHES AND FIRE

Two weeks ago I was telling you about Ryan Adams‘ new album coming out in October, introduced by the single Lucky Now, remember?

Ten minutes ago, a new video has appeared on FB newsfeed. I’ve just watched it once, and am already writing this post. Right now I’m super excited… I don’t feel like writing anymore, just want to share this with you.

Enjoy Ashes and Fire, my friends! Hope you like it!

I FEEL LUCKY NOW

2011 is to be christened as the year of Ryan Adams.

Last year we enjoyed  the appetizers in shape of Orion and III/IV, including compilations of tracks recorded years before and never released apparently due to conflicts between the artist and the label Lost Highway.

Once the machine started, acoustic live shows followed, and a 7″ single featuring Empty Room and Nutshell,  was sold at the venues.

Now it’s time for Ashes & Fire, his upcoming album, to be released on October, the 11th, by Capitol Records/Pax-Am. I reeeeaaaaaaally can’t wait!

Lucky Now is a teaser of what is to come, and sounds like Heaven.

You can judge for yourselves, hope you like it as much as I do.