Quick Review (LP): Easy Tiger by Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams
Easy Tiger
Lost Highway; 2007

My Rating: A- (83/100)

Best Tracks: "Goodnight Rose", "Everybody Knows", "Tears of Gold", "Pearls On A String"

All of his previous records, synthesized into a tight, poppy collection.

NOTES

  • "Goodnight Rose" is a solid opener, imitates Jeff Buckley’s bigger moments.
  • "Two" and "Everybody Knows" are acoustic gems. Gorgeous.
  • I’ve never been sure what to make of "Halloweenhead" – is it the musical equivalent of the airbrushed "4:20" on the album cover?
  • A trio of quieter moments figure among the best tracks: "Oh My God, Whatever, etc.", "Pearls on a String", and "These Girls."
  • Love "Tears of Gold." Now THAT‘s the kind of songwriting that I expect from Adams.
  • "The Sun Also Sets" also recalls Buckley, esp. in Adams’ vocals. He seems to be channeling Buckley quite a bit as his career progresses.
  • "Pearls on a String" is one of Adams’ all-time best. "Bluegrass-ish", as Kinsella might say.
  • "Two Hearts" is an even-keeled adult alternative rocker. It’s kinda purrty.
  • This album has slowly grown on me over the years. I thought it was good when I first heard it upon initial release, and at this point, I’m comfortable saying that Adams not only avoids all of the pitfalls that wrecked some of his earlier albums, but he really NAILS it in the songwriting department. It’s interesting that his best albums have been with The Cardinals (Cold Roses, this one). It’s not perfection, but it’s totally enjoyable, and probably in his top 3.

ATTRIBUTES
Cohesion (5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Songs (4.5/5)