# 9. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
(PAX AM, October 11th 2011)
Ashes & Fire was recorded with producer-legend Glyn Johns at the helm and the result is one of Adams' most focused records yet. It's a quite mellow affair with a great sounding acoustic band. A record which sounds the very best in the night after the dark has set in. The production is fantastic and the record sounds warm and near - almost like you are in the same room as the players.
Lead by first single "Lucky Now", an almost Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler-gem (that's a compliment), the record is filled with classic Adams tunes. The kind of ramshackle waltz of the title track and the very Ryan Adams-sounding and really really great tune "Come Home" with Norah Jones on backing vocals are just two of the standout tracks. My favourite songs change from each time I hear the album.
Lyrically the album is a bit more happy than earlier records by Adams, you hear that every word is there for a reason and every word is something he has lived through. Sometimes it might sound like cliches, but I for one think that when some years have passed we will see this as Adams' coming of age record. This is where he became fully comfortable with himself and his music.
So thank you, mr. Adams. Welcome back, hope you'll hang around for a long long time.
"Are we really who we used to be,
am I really who I was?"
Ryan Adams - Lucky Now (Official video)