“Guitar solo!” exclaims Ryan Adams (jokingly?) half way through the third song on his eighth proper solo album, Easy Tiger. Entitled “Halloweenhead” the song could easily have been one of the throwaway tracks Adams released, for free, via his website earlier in the year. And while this is not necessarily a direct criticism, as some of the web tracks were actually quite good, it’s not high praise either. If anything it’s another declaration by Adams that he will, and does, release whatever he feels like, and in whatever format.
Much like 2002’s Demolition, Easy Tiger is a nice collection of songs, only Demolition was supposed to be a random smattering of unrelated songs. Taken as a whole Easy Tiger feels disjointed much in the same way late ‘70s Neil Young albums do, i.e. lacking stylistic continuity. Like Neil Young, here Adams has compiled an album of disparate material, some dating as far back as 1999, that stylistically feels, at times, all over the place.
I truly do love how random and eclectic Adams’ muse is, it’s part of the appeal. I love the joke songs, the country guy, the troubadour folkie, and most any other musical hat he has donned throughout his career. That being said, when releasing an album, I vastly prefer the many stylistic personas to be grouped together, e.g. Cold Roses had the Dead vibe, Jacksonville City Nights had the hard country/barfight vibe. But as I mentioned earlier, the guy is going to do whatever he wants, in whatever format, so we can choose to listen…or not. Easy Tiger drops tomorrow.
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: Live @ Studio X – WXRT FM Chicago (June 19, 2007)
MP3: Ryan Adams :: Introduction/(Interview – “The Bozo Show”, “Steven King”)
MP3: Ryan Adams :: Two
MP3: Ryan Adams :: (Interview – “Ryan Adams’ Career”, “Downloading”)
MP3: Ryan Adams :: I Taught Myself How to Grow Old
MP3: Ryan Adams :: (Interview – “New CD”, “Show Tonight”)
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