On Friday, we heard our first slice of music off the album with “Doylestown Girl”, and now we’re up for seconds with the decidedly European-flavored “Manchester”.
Adams premiered the track on a Manchester radio station, offering a statement to go with the track, which is no doubt an ode to the city’s lush history of alternative music:
“Manchester, the city and music of this mystical place shaped my entire life. It is at the heart of all the things I love about music from The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. I wanted to make sure this song ‘Manchester’ played first and only in this city I love so much. I hope you enjoy this and cannot wait to be back soon. All the best, Ryan Adams.”
Fans looking for more of a departure from 2017’s Prisoner will find it in this track, which comes chock full of Johnny Marr-inspired six-string poetry and hallway harmonies that sound as if they’ve been roaming a wormhole for 30 years.
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