Ryan Adams Wrote 80 Songs for New Album

"I was listening to AC/DC’s Fly on the Wall and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record."

By Amanda Wicks

Ryan Adams will release his 16th studio album this fall, and even though he eventually narrowed down the songs included on that project to 11, he started with much, much, much more.

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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Adams detailed the seriously impressive number of songs he wrote. “Quite literally 80,” he said.  Probably more!”

Even though he admitted being influenced by Bruce Springsteen and The Smiths when he first started working on the album, he now credits Bruce Hornsby, AC/DC and others with finding their way into his creative stream. According to Adams, he goes running in Los Angeles, where he currently lives, and listens to all sorts of songs during the exercise. “I put all the AC/DC records on from back to front, or I’ll listen to the best of stuff from the ’80s: Springsteen, or [Bruce] Hornsby, and I’ll listen to what is going on there. I was listening to AC/DC’s Fly on the Wall and that’s when I realized what I had to do for the record,” he said.

As for what the record will be about, Adams said, “I’m taking all the cool, big questions I’m asking on this record, then flipping it over, and then flipping it back to Side-A and you still have more questions…I’m a relatively convoluted soul creatively. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I think the challenge for me—the Everest peak, for me—is to tell this story in 11 songs, to tell this part of my life in 11 songs. How do I make a real distinct record where anybody listens to it and says, ‘That’s the truth from beginning to end.’ So it’s like exercise. It sucks in the beginning. But then you get into it.”

Although Adams hasn’t yet shared the new album’s title, he does have a release date: November 4.

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