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Ashes & Fire [CD]

Ryan Adams Audio CD
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Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC whose critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums both as a solo artist and with the Cardinals have included Heartbreaker (2000), Gold (2001), Love Is Hell (2004), Cold Roses (2005) and Easy Tiger (2007) which TIME magazine hailed as "a career breakthrough." Adams is also the CEO of his own ... Read more in Amazon's Ryan Adams Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B005TN0E54
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dirty Rain
2. Ashes & Fire
3. Come Home
4. Rocks
5. Do I Wait
6. Chains Of Love
7. Invisible Riverside
8. Save Me
9. Kindness
10. Lucky Now
11. I Love You But I Don't Know What To Say

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Product Description

13th studio album by the American singer-songwriter and the first since his departure from The Cardinals in 2009. The album includes the single 'Lucky Now' and features backing vocals from Norah Jones.

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best record he has made in years! 14 Oct 2011
By Don Panik TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There used to be a theory that Ryan Adams was too prolific, and lacked any quality control filter. However with the exception of III/IV and `rock n roll' I have always found plenty to like on all his albums. With a bit of a lay off from new music output over the last couple of years, Ryan has come back with what I think is his best album since the `love is hell' period.

On first hearing I thought it was a solid 4 star record - with no obviously great songs - but no weak ones either (bit of a first for Ryan!). Having now listened repeatedly, the album has grown on me considerably, revealing some great new textures to the arrangements (especially the organ), and he is in consistently good voice. This turns out to be a much more mature and refined album than I initially gave it credit for, revealing a subtlety that is only revealed when you listen carefully. Absolutely recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass 3 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
its been a long time coming(where on earth is the Orion thingy?).it used to be the case that you would excuse the odd sub standard album because there would be another one along a few months later.Now it seems ages since really new stuff.That time has given me chance to reassess the back catalogue.albums like "29"which I hated at the time have now become firm favourites.
"29" is,to me,the nearest reference point to the new album ie,its fairly subdued and acoustic(mainly).what does strike me is that "Ashes and Fire" is a masterclass in songwriting.Everything proceeds naturally in exactly the right place.at no point do you wonder why he did something.Net result is an album you can feel comfortable with on the first listen but then find new things to enjoy with repeated listens(make no mistake you will play this lots).
favourite tracks?Different one every time.At the moment its"Lucky One" with its Jackson Browne meets Mark Knopfler feel but it all flows along so smoothly(maybe a slight reservation about"i love you but I dont know what to say"which I can hear being murdered by somebody famous and awful)
Ahh,go on buy it.Its great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last, he's back 10 Nov 2011
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I don't what demons has possessed Ryan as his albums since "Heartbreaker" and "Gold" certainly have'nt been up to the standards you would expect from a super song writer. I reluctantly purchased "Ashes and Fire" and was very pleasantly surprized. This album is beautifully produced by Glyn Johns famous for his work with the Stones and Dylan and it has certainly brought out the best in Ryan.The songs are of a very similar type all through, ballads and love songs, but because they are so well written it works beautifully. His voice comes from his gut through his heart to capture the honesty of the words that he sings as if he has lived every moment. I really loved this and hopefully he is now back on track and I can't wait to hear more, like the beautifully titled last track "I love you but I don't know what to say" get it and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams - Less is more 10 Oct 2011
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Those who were lucky enough to catch Ryan Adams recent UK acoustic tour (the sweltering Oxford Playhouse gig was a superb performance*) will have seen the alt country troubadour in a quiet reflective mood. His new album "Ashes & Fire" accurately captures that ambience and is a genuinely lovely album full of strong songwriting and a number of potential classics. It's worth stating from the outset that this album is neither another "Heartbreaker" or "Gold" as the quality control across this new work is not as innovative or radical enough. Ryan Adams had "retired" from music for a number of years and spent much of this period sorting out his personal life and exercising demons so while Ashes & Fire represents a proper album if it has a template then it's the intimacy of 2005's largely low key "29". Whatever the case that overused term "return to form" is highly appropriate.

It all kicks off with "Dirty Rain" which grows on every listen and is the sort of effortless alt country sung with the rich North Carolina twang which Adams should take a patent on. The excellent organ backing of the Heartbreakers Benmont Tench is a consistent and welcome innovation throughout. The title track of the album is alternatively the one real out and out country anthem alia "Jacksonville City Nights" but happily fits in the running order. The next two songs "Come home" and "Rocks" are lush ballads although the latter just about manages to stay on the right side of mawkish. Much better is the tougher "Do I wait" built on a classic chord structure and better lyrics, it's the type of song that will figure in concert performances and at some point Adams will no doubt "electrify" it, the same applies to the classy "Chains of love".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graham- Dorset 2 Jan 2014
By Mo
Format:Audio CD
Heard a track on the movie this is 40 and bought the album. Really good easy listening music he has a great voice and tracks are good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and mellow 22 Dec 2013
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I like this album. There are some really nice, soft and sweet songs. As the music is delicate, it allows his voice to carry through more - and it carries emotion and compassion. If you fancy slowing the pace, entering a touch of stillness and softness, play this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time 14 Oct 2013
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I keep coming back to this album and it always sounds fresh and surprising, and I am able to hear something different every time I listen to it. But the stand out feature is Adam's voice - the passion, tone and his rhythmic ability are wonderful deliverers of inspired lyrics.

I was tempted to give this a 5* rating, but I think we sometimes give these away too freely, so it is 4+ for sure. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by G PLACE
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album of mainly laid-back
An excellent album of mainly laid-back, late night listening music. There is not a really stand out track, but the last three, "Kindness", "Lucky Now and "I love... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Littleal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as discribed
Published 1 month ago by richard mackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Form
Just the business. His best album since GOLD, no question.
Published 1 month ago by Mark L
3.0 out of 5 stars one side better than the other
the story as old of records themselves & something Ryan seem to specialises in but when he gets it right he gets it right
Published 6 months ago by Richard Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing!
Listened to Ryan Adams first on YouTube, seen this album realised, bought it and what a brilliant album! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martin Mullin
3.0 out of 5 stars xmas present
Unable to rate this item as it is a christmas present fore someone else and therefore they would have to rate it
Published 21 months ago by Glynne W. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is the first cd I have of Ryan Adams, and think it is really laid back music, just what I was looking for. It sounds very much like David Gates Songbook... Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2012 by Molly the dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Birds singing, tears falling
I wonder if you saw the BBC4 programme in the `Songwriters Circle` series a year or so ago which featured Neil Finn (of Crowded House fame), Janis Ian and Ryan Adams. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Mix bag of an album, but mainly very good!
This is my first RA album i have bought. RA was first brought to my attention after seeing him perform 'New York' about 8 years ago, then more recently on 'Jools Holland' last year... Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by SID .V.
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