Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Follow The Lights

Do you feel yourself growing up and maturing?  Have you noticed your thoughts and feelings changing as time goes by?

 

I used to judge people and poke fun at them for all kinds of reasons.  I did it a lot.  In fact, I made a radio career out of it.  Now, I find myself being far more laid back and saying things like “Let people like what they like…who cares?”  That is the embodiment of my feelings towards music.

 

I say all of that because I feel that Ryan Adams is one of those polarizing artists that brings out music snobs in droves and their sentiments vary wildly when it comes to Mr. Adams’ albums.  I don’t like music snobs.  Give your opinion, tell us what you think or feel or hear, but at the end of the day, you need to let people like what they like.

 

 

 

I saw Follow the Lights posted on /r/VinylDeals and snatched it up for just a few bucks.  I like Ryan Adams and I like Alt-country (or Outlaw country or Real country or whatever you call it), so it was a no-brainer for me.

 

This is an excellent little EP, but don’t buy it if you are expecting a traditional sounding country record.  Don’t get me wrong, it has flares of traditional country music especially with the banjos and crying steel guitar.  However, this is just country-flavored singer-songwriter music.  I don’t think you could ever call an album with a cover Down in a Hole by Alice in Chains a country album, but then again, maybe you could.

 

 

Follow the Lights is a sad little record.  There is a lot of heartbreak and despair jammed into seven songs.  I love it because I absolutely adore sad songs.

 

My favorite track: If I Am A Stranger 

 

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