Ryan Adams Easy Tiger
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- Released: June 26, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Lost Highway
Spin - p.964 stars out of 5 -- "You get deep-twang country rock, fuzzy new-wave pop, a little old-school mountain music, and a handful of acoustic emo-folk ballads."
Entertainment Weekly - p.139"EASY TIGER keeps it simple: beguiling melodies, an ace band, and Adams' elastic tenor." -- Grade: A-
Uncut - p.1144 stars out of 5 -- "Adams appears more at ease in his own skin, soothing himself into these 13 songs rather than straining hard....EASY TIGER feels like a more assured follow-up to the countrified COLD ROSES."
Alternative Press - p.1783.5 stars out of 5 -- "Adams often finds himself revisiting past glories on EASY TIGER....A rather pleasing listen..."
CMJ - p.41"Backed by his trusty band, the Cardinals, Adams continues to touch hearts with woeful tales of love-gone-wrong."
No Depression - p.92"'Two Hearts' is as catchy a piece of country-rock as a Flying Burrito Brother could have imagined, and the execution is flawless."
Q (Magazine) - p.78Ranked #27 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums Of 2007" -- "[T]hese 14 compact, tuneful songs slip by with a deceptive, but pleasing ease."
- 1.Goodnight Rose
- 3.Everybody Knows
- 5.Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.
- 6.Tears of Gold
- 7.The Sun Also Sets
- 8.Off Broadway
- 9.Pearls on a String
- 10.Rip Off
- 11.Two Hearts
- 12.These Girls
- 13.I Taught Myself How to Grow Old
Audio Mixer: Jamie Candiloro.
Recording information: Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY.
Photographers: Phillip Andelman; Neal Casal; Andy West ; Jon Graboff.
Ever since his 2001 breakout, Ryan Adams has been a critical lightning rod and a PR disaster. From infamous onstage fits and a barrage of albums simultaneously prolific and scatterbrained, Adams's relationship with fame was bristly at best. Even the I-was-this-close-to-dying drug confessions that immediately pre-dated the release of this record seemed like a clumsy bid for Keith Richards-style rockitude. Critics and even frustrated fans all seemed to agree: the kid has talent, but he's very annoying. In this milieu, Adams drops EASY TIGER--his ninth record of the decade--with a title that suggests that he and everyone else should take a step back and reassess.
Fans will rejoice: EASY TIGER--recorded with his backing band, the Cardinals--is the closest Adams has sounded to the style on his excellent debut, HEARTBREAKER. His ADD genre approach is on display here--from the lazy, AMERICAN BEAUTY-style bluegrass of "Pearls on a String" to the full-roar power pop of "Halloweenhead" to the blue-eyed-soul duet with Sheryl Crow, "Two." The songs are tight and to the point; almost all are uniformly great; and all serve to bolster his case for "importance" as a songwriter that years of overt trying have failed to yield. Seems like "easy, tiger" is that successful approach Adams has been looking so hard for.
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