It’s no secret that I’m a pretty big Ryan Adams fan. This past summer I was lucky enough (read: determined enough) to see him perform live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It was like a dream come true. While there, Adams debuted the first song off an upcoming new album that had only been speculated on up until that point. It was basically the icing on a perfect night.
As he introduced “Do You Still Love Me?” Adams cited his musical influences having a heavy hand in the crafting of his upcoming album. From the soothing organs to the power chords, he was channeling 80s hairbands in the best way.
There’s an air of desperation and heartbreak in the guitar riffs and vocals. At one point during “Do You Still Love Me?” Adams almost sounds wounded. The lyrics play into these feelings with their intentional simplicity, burrowing their way into your brain and heart.
The muse behind “Do You Still Love Me?” is a fairly obvious guess of Adams’ now ex-wife Mandy Moore. There’s strong implications most of the album will be inspired by her and their public divorce.
I’ve heard rumblings from fans speculating on the album vs live nature of this song. As someone who has heard “Do You Still Love Me?” live, I can say it is even better in that atmosphere. Ryan Adams is known for having a few songs where a fan can be ambivalent to the recording, but hearing it live will always blow them away. (See Gimme Something Good as a clear example of this.)
What makes my love for “Do You Still Love Me?” go even deeper is last week when Adams unveiled the accompanying music video. It was filmed during none other than my Red Rocks show. (Who knows, if you pause it and look close you could maybe even find me in the front few rows.)
Ryan Adam’s latest album Prisoner is out next Friday, February 17th. Now let’s just hope he adds more tour dates so I can see the the whole thing live in my future.
What albums are you looking forward to? Will you be watching The Grammys this weekend?
Until next time,