Ryan Adams begins his latest song “Doomsday” with a pledge: “I could wait 1,000 years my love, I’d wait for you,” he sings. “I could stand in just one place my love and never move.”
The track on Adams’ next album, Prisoner, blends these earnest, lovelorn sentiments with elements from both folk and Eighties heartland rock. The track kicks off with sturdy strumming and a descending melodic line played on a harmonica; a lead guitar quickly doubles the harmonica riff. The beat is where the Eighties come in: the clipped, echoey drums evoke the popular production style from that decade. In an interview last August, Adams suggested that his latest tracks were inspired by groups like AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen and ELO.
Prisoner arrives via Pax Am/Blue Note, and Blue Note boss Don Was helped produce the record. “I didn’t know if I knew what I was doing,” Adams told EW. “So when you”re in a situation like that, you gotta get Gandalf – you gotta call Don Was!” Was served a similar wizard role for the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan, among others. He won a producer of the year Grammy in 1994.
Prisoner hits shelves on February 17th. Listen to “Doomsday” via Adams website.