Burning Photographs – Ryan Adams (2003)

Posted: April 24, 2013 in 2003
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Former leader of the alt-country band Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams ventured out into a solo career back in 2000. ‘Burning Photographs’ is a cool tune from his 2003 release ROCK N ROLL. What truly makes this simple rock song compete is the guitar effect/delay that creates a rhythmic echo continuously throughout the song. Former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist, Melissa Auf der Maur, provides backing vocals which are a perfect, subtle harmony to Adams’ voice. The vocal phasing is also a highlight with standout lines “If I had a car I’d drive, straight into the window of a bank I owed money to” and “I used to be sad now I’m just bored with you”. I’m not sure of the real meaning behind those lines or even the whole song, but who cares, great songwriting makes it sound catchy and interesting any how. Everyone can relate in their own way.

  1. dmenconi says:

    Nice. This song & “Rock N’ Roll” both figure into the book I wrote about Ryan. Lotsa details at http://loseringbook.wordpress.com/

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