Ryan Adams (LP) [Explicit]


Ryan Adams

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Amoeba Review

09/08/2014

Ryan Adams’ new self-titled album is the most enjoyable thing he's put to tape in years. The prolific artist goes for AM radio gold on songs like "Gimme Something Good" and "Stay With Me," spinning out classically written, immediately memorable tunes in the vein of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Likewise, "Trouble" seems to hit every right note, striking the balance between country-style storytelling and radio-ready rock 'n' roll that would've sounded at home in any of the past four decades (but it sounds pretty good to us right about now). One reason Ryan Adams works so well is that it sounds like the kind of album this guy was always supposed to make. Blessed and cursed with good looks and talent, the guy was called the next Dylan for long enough to let it get to his head, resulting in a few try-anything (but ultimately aimless) clunkers that didn't match his early brilliance on Heartbreaker, Gold and in Whiskeytown. Seemingly freed of the notion of his own legacy, Adams goes for the kind of hummable tunes that have always been his bread and butter without overreaching for profundity. If it feels slightly less personal overall than some of his best work, there's still some pretty heartbreak wedged beneath the glittery pop tunes, like the lovelorn "Kim" (which, in particular, sounds effortlessly touching, like something off Heartbreaker without overly referencing that album), or the spare "My Wrecking Ball," which sounds like it just pours out of him, reminding us that this is the kind of guy for whom songs will always come naturally, however tortured his recording and album-making process may have been at times. "I'm tired of givin' up so easy," he sings on "Tired of Giving Up," and the notion feels triumphant, restorative. Let's hope he never does.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Gimme Something Good
Ryan Adams 03:54
2.
Kim
Ryan Adams 03:26
3.
Trouble
Ryan Adams 03:47
4.
Am I Safe
Ryan Adams 04:32
5.
My Wrecking Ball
Ryan Adams 03:08


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stay With Me
Ryan Adams 03:06
2.
Shadows
Ryan Adams 05:22
3.
Feels Like Fire
Ryan Adams 04:25
4.
I Just Might
Ryan Adams 03:29
5.
Tired Of Giving Up
Ryan Adams 03:40
6.
Let Go
Ryan Adams 03:43

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