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The Second Song on Every Ryan Adams Record
I have a feeling a lot of people are going to ignore Ashes and Fire, the first full-length of new, non-metal material from Ryan Adams since 2008, and his first since drifting out of the spotlight and settling down with Mandy Moore. It’s a shame, too, because it’s an exceedingly pretty record that boasts some great production work courtesy of Glyn Johns and a handful of classic, heartwarming melodies. But to be fair, it’s also sort of a sleepy record, with the exception of the second song, the infectious and relatively rousing title-track. It’s placement on the album got me thinking: I could make a playlist featuring exclusively the second song on each Ryan Adams record and listen to it happily, over and over again, pretty much forever. "To Be Young" from Heartbreaker (or better yet, "Winding Wheel," if you want to count the Morrissey argument, which is actually the first track), "Firecracker" from Gold, "Hallelujah," from Demolition, "Sweet Illusions" from Cold Roses (or "Let It Ride," the second track on disc-two) "The End" from Jacksonville City Nights, "Two" from Cardinology, and so on—all great.
(And, here you go, a Spotify playlist of all his second songs, plus a few from Whiskeytown, for good measure.)