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Ryan Adams covers Foreigner, debuts unreleased song “The Door”

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This week, Ryan Adams releases his self-titled 14th studio album. In continued support, the singer-songwriter dropped by WXPN’s “World Cafe” earlier this afternoon for a five-song in-studio session that featured album tracks along with a pair of unexpected treats.

To start, Adams covered Foreigner’s 1984 single “I Wanna Know What Love Is”. In his hands, the power ballad become something slightly less anthemic and bit more fragile. Whereas lines like “Now this mountain I must climb/ Feels like a world upon my shoulders” previously dripped with cheese, Adams makes them feel a bit more raw with his slightly hoarse croon and subdued guitar work.

Adams also delivered the live debut of “The Door”, from his unreleased album Blackhole. One of several Adams records currently collecting dustBlackhole is reportedly comprised of material recorded prior to the musician’s 2007 release of Easy Tiger. That timeframe certainly makes sense, especially given the fact that “The Door” has a similar kind of dusty, roots rock vibe to that of Easy Tiger.

Prior to performing “The Door”, Adams announced that he hopes to release Blackhole sometime in the near future. “Blackhole’s been hiding,” he explained. “Got to get it out. It’s the last record I did on drugs, and this album is a kind of finale of that time.” Adams mentioned that he may release two versions of the record: one that is the the way “I’ve always dreamed of it to be like” and a second “pocket of really raw, crazy stuff.” According to Adams, Blackhole also features “Catherine”, which has been a part of his live set for some time.

Replay of Adams’ full set here.

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