Single Review – Ryan Adams – Doomsday 

In the build up to February’s release of Prisoner, Ryan Adams has released three singles: Do You Still Love Me, To Be Without You, and, most recently, Doomsday. Doomsday recalls the hearty folk rock of his previous albums, interweaving Springsteen-esque notions into the defiant instrumentalism. The track slides in using a bluesy harmonica, upheld by a characteristically-Ryan Adams simplistic strum, the folky feel complimenting his warm vocals. The combination of robust vocals and backing track meet their climax in the chorus, when a roar of guitar follows each vigorous exclamation of ‘my love.’ The lyrics themselves are fervid yet glum, the solemn messages of heartbreak intensified by the vigorous instrumentalism. It’s a good song – a little boring, and nothing out of the ordinary – but a good song.
By Eleanor Chivers

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