21 The Velvet Underground vs. 108 Ryan Adams

The Velvet Underground was one of the most critically lauded and influential bands of the 60s and 70s. Aligned with artist Andy Warhol, the band released “The Velvet Underground & Nico” in 1967, which frankly explored themes of drug use and isolation. They recorded several more records until 1973 when the group completely disbanded. Lou Reed, John Cale and the other members went on to explore varied musical territory in the aftermath.

Ryan Adams is a prolific singer-songwriter. He first gained fame as a member of alt-country group Whiskeytown and they released several albums and EPs between 1995 and 2001. Adams went solo in 2000 and has since released 12 albums either solo or with The Cardinals. While his previous records have had a singer-songwriter or pop lean, he has also dabbled in hard rock and metal.

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