Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Ryan Adams

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Ryan Adams

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RYAN ADAMS

Ryan Adams (PAX AM, 2014)

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According to the publicity for Ryan Adams' new self-titled record, the former bad boy is finally free from personal demons and making some of his best music in years. Of course, that's what they said about his last couple of albums, too. Even so, it's hard to deny that Adams' recent output is an improvement over the mid-to-late 2000s, when he was churning out records that sometimes sounded tossed off. Adams is taking more time between albums these days, and the slower pace suits him well. This outing suggests an older and wiser artist. He seems more focused, reining in his muse to produce a lean collection of 11 songs.

Adams has long resented being called an alt-country singer, a label that has stuck since his days in the band Whiskeytown. The standout lead single, "Gimme Something Good," tries to shake that reputation with memorable interplay between crackling electric guitar riffs and words of desperation: "All my life been shaking, wanting something/Holding everything I have like it was broken. …

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