Editor’s Note: The Albumism staff has selected what we believe to be 50 fantastic first solo albums recorded by artists who departed—or simply took a temporary hiatus from—their respective groups, representing a varied cross-section of genres, styles and time periods. Click “Next Album” below to explore each album or view the full album index here.
RYAN ADAMS | Heartbreaker
Selected by Libby Cudmore
You know Heartbreaker isn’t going to be your average country album by the fact that it opens with David Rawlings and Ryan Adams arguing over whether or not “Suedehead” is on Morrissey’s debut solo album Viva Hate (1988). Intimate and aching, “My Winding Wheel” is the standout.