Yesterday Ryan Adams put his new album up for sale on Pax Am, three weeks before it hits streaming services. Romeo And Juliet is 19 tracks that hark back to Ashes And Fire, plus two bonus tracks, one “Something Missing” which is also on Romeo And Juliet and “Desperate Times” (which you may remember from here),
It is a terrific album of course, and while we note some Chris backlash that accompanied it, Chris is more focussed and deeper sounding, while Romeo And Juliet is more purely business like, they are songs that are part of a post-Mandy world, post cancel, as his pleading for forgiveness has gone ignore. Finally, he appears to be moving forward. He has dubbed it a slightly mysterious complement to Easy Tiger.
At his most shruggable on blues Americana workouts like “I Can’t Remember”, it still keeps its skill set and for an album written over months, if not years, it feels of a piece, though unless by summer he means warm sunny days in doors or ashes as summer wildfires burn L.A. down, I don’t feel sparkles of sunlight here. The songs have a subdued energy on jams like “In The Meadow”, it is gorgeous and broken in two. But it needs more focus, something the Chris trilogy certainly has.
From Ryan’s Instagram:
The new album will be available DIRECT / early access from PAXAM on Monday – 3 weeks before it’s out on streaming services, the night before Carnegie.
I realize this is some pirate ship outlaw shit but these songs mean a lot to me – and the albums mean a lot to me. I realize not everybody will support me and PAXAM with the download, but if you want to – please know every download is a step towards the next album. We sail these high seas together.
There will be format options ( yes FLAC, you nerds ) and you can get the cover on a shirt too.
I realize I just released a double album. But I don’t care. It’s time for another one – this is a summer record and summer is on the way.
I love making records. I love writing songs. I love music and I love you folks.
Thanks for walking this road with me. I’m so happy to be on this musical journey with you all.
( *NOTE: for everyone who will comment about CD or Vinyl, theres not enough time for that to fit in the release. I’ll make vinyl & CD formats when I find a distributor I like but not a day sooner, as I want the albums and packaging to be badass. So, right now it’s about the songs NOT the format. I’ve heard you – that time will come. )”
Somebody will get around to a full review later today.
Buy it here
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