Releasing at least one album a year in the last decade alone, Ryan Adams has created a collection of works with multiple genres including rock, folk, alternative and country. is latest work, “Ashes & Fires,” his2000 solo debut, ,” features the most consistent sound of his career.
clean-cut“Heartbreaker,” to create .The Bob Dylan-esque ballad “Dirty Rain” on the new release would make a fitting companion to the desolate “Call Me on Your Way Back Home” from the 2000 album as both tracks feature a mournful sound with repetitive lyrics that give the song a desperate tone. By echoing his original genre Adams creates a much-needed consistency in his musical style.
Though “Ashes & Fires” echoes the darker sound from Adams’ debut album, it is not completely gloomy. Upbeat songs like “Chains of Love” are reminiscent of 1970s pop and despite the melody of “Come Home,” the lyrics are hopeful. Adams sings, “If you stay right here/ Tomorrow you’ll be fine,proving he hascollection.