Number 8. Ryan Adams – Prisoner
To be 100% honest after Ryan Adams second solo album, Gold, I lost complete interest in what he recorded. Sure I heard a few tracks here and there but nothing really compelled me to listen to the post Gold albums. Then I heard some buzz about Prisoner and I gave it a listen.
I was hooked. With prisoner Adams channels a strong Bruce Springsteen vibe (Shiver and Shake could have been something The Boss would have knocked off in his early days) and yet doesn’t really stray too far from his country roots. Compared to the other tracks I’ve heard Prisoner sounds bouncier and has a ton of sing along moments. I wouldn’t be surprised if be people wave their mobile flashlights to the Prisoner tracks when he performs them live, oh and opening track, Do You Still Love Me has Adams in full stadium rocker mode AND he pulls it off!
Number 7. Sheer Mag – Need to Feel your Love.
I first heard Sheer Mag back in 2015 when I received a compilation of their early singles. Despite the fact that the production values were rough and scuzzy, the band’s melodies were so strong that they dominated the mix and I felt that this band will release one amazing debut in the future. Fast forward to 2017 and that debut has landed.
Sheer Mag’s music consists of full on Southern Rock with classic earth quaking riffs that make you want to boogie. This is serious rump shaking music and that the fact that the band added a tiny bit of polish to the songs help the catchy factor shine. However there is a caveat and that is Tina Halladay’s voice, which is distinctive and could be the deciding factor on whether you’ll be a fan of this band. Personally I think Sheer Mag are great and this debut was my soundtrack for the summer months.