Ryan Adams: Heatwave | Star Sign | 1985 | Sword & Stone [Album Review]

Ryan AdamsHeatwaveStar Sign1985Sword & StonePAX-AM [2024] Album Overview: There are a lot of opinions floating around about singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and his attempts to rebuild his career. But even a casual observer would agree, this guy is prolific. After releasing an album each in 2020 and ’21, Adams unleashed four of his own imagining in … Read more

Ryan Adams: FM [Album Review]

Ryan AdamsFMPAX-AM [2022] All art is created within a larger social/cultural/political context, and when an artist makes a personal statement with their art or music, it will also to one degree or another say something about that person’s inner life, thoughts, and may reflect on their relationships, their experience in relation to the larger context. … Read more

Ryan Adams: Chris [Album Review]

Ryan AdamsChrisPAX-AM [2022] Ryan Adams is playing for redemption on his 19th studio album, Chris, which he’s described as the third part of a trilogy that began with his 2020 release, Wednesday. Of course, Adams has been persona non grata since the NYTimes in February of 2019, where his ex-wife Mandy Moore and several other … Read more

Ryan Adams: Wednesdays [Album Review]

Ryan Adams WednesdaysPAX-AM [2020] Early in 2019, Ryan Adams announced that he had three albums set for immanent release, but that was before the New York Times released a story in which seven women, including his ex-wife Mandy Moore, Liz Phair, and Phoebe Bridgers, accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse. Adams denied the allegations … Read more

Ryan Adams: Prisoner B-Sides [Album Review]

Ryan Adams Prisoner B-Sides PAX-AM [2017] Fire Note Says: Don’t be fooled by the “b-sides” tag on this collection. Album Review: I have recently read in several places about Ryan Adams being the modern-day Springsteen. That is still hard for me to imagine at this point in the game but considering his latest record, Prisoner, … Read more

Ryan Adams: Prisoner [Album Review]

Ryan Adams Prisoner PAX AM/Blue Note Records [2017] Fire Note Says: Ryan Adams explores heartbreak and loss on one of the best albums of his career. Album Review: It all starts with a rager, “Do You Still Love Me?” Which rocks like no other song on the album rocks. It’s the paranoia that gets the … Read more

Ryan Adams: 1989 [Album Review]

Ryan Adams 1989 PAX-AM Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Ryan Adams takes Taylor Swift’s 1989 for a spin. Album Review: Talk about speed. Ryan Adams announces that he is working on a track by track cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 (2014) and the social media world can’t get enough which includes Swift. Fans faint, tweens … Read more

Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker [Classic Album Revisit]

Ryan Adams Heartbreaker Bloodshot Records Released: September 5, 2000 Producer: Ethan Johns Length: 51:57 I remember picking up this record 15 years ago and being really excited as I was already into alt-country at the time and familiar with Whiskeytown, so buying frontman Ryan Adams’ solo record debut seemed like a no-brainer. Then the first … Read more

Ryan Adams: Live At Carnegie Hall [Album Review]

Ryan Adams Live At Carnegie Hall PAX-AM [2015] Fire Note Says: Two night live set will not disappoint fans. Album Review: Ryan Adams live used to be “watch and see” because Adams might do something nuts like kick someone out of the show, walk off the stage, go into a rant and then go into … Read more

Butch Walker: Afraid Of Ghosts [Album Review]

Butch Walker Afraid Of Ghosts Dangerbird Records [2015] Fire Note Says: Butch Walker bravely strips the polish on Afraid Of Ghosts. Album Review: It might be a surprise to you but Butch Walker has had more success in the music business than most artists dream about. So you ask – If that is so true … Read more

Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams [Album Review]

Ryan Adams Ryan Adams PAX-AM/Blue Note Records [2014] Fire Note Says: Ryan Adams self-titled record will win you over with its rock nostalgia. Album Review: It has been fourteen years since Ryan Adams launched a solo career from Whiskeytown with his beloved folksy debut Heartbreaker. That album, to this day, is still the record Adams … Read more