Easy Tiger - Ryan Adams
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  • Summary: Well off his 3-disc-a-year pace, Adams celebrates just his first release of 2007 with the 13-song 'Tiger.' Sheryl Crow guests, and The Cardinals once again provide the backing.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Easy Tiger keeps it simple: beguiling melodies, an ace band, and Adams' elastic tenor.
  2. The Sheryl Crow duet works where his Norah Jones collabo didn't; I Taught Myself How To Grow Old is classic tortured Adams, and Pearls On A String is a rewarding reflection of the time he spent hanging out with Willie Nelson.
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    The real triumph of Easy Tiger is less rooted in the sound, more in the attitude. [Jul 2007, p.114]
  4. Like The OC, Easy Tiger manages to be pleasurable without ever being interesting.
  5. Despite its occasional charms, Easy Tiger feels like an uneven piece of work.
  6. Adams often finds himself revisiting his past glories on Easy Tiger. [Jul 2007, p.178]
  7. Tiger plays like a huge pastiche of past releases.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. JR
    Aug 31, 2007
    10
    "Easy Tiger" is an exceptional album; Ryan Adams has reached a new level as an artist. Every song on the album is brilliantly crafted, every emotional note expressed musically or lyrically is pitch perfect. As great as so much of his prior work has been, much of it seems affected, as if he wanted to prove the breadth of his musical range and the inexhaustibility of his lyrical imagination. On this album, he does what great musical artists do - he recedes behind songs that transport the listener to a different place. The critics have not been so kind, but read their reviews - they have all written the same review, and it is the same review they have written for all of his previous records. One might make the same criticism of these critics that they make of Adams - they seem to believe that their every thought, however poorly informed, is worthy of speaking, writing, and sharing with the world. Expand
  2. FrancisR
    Jun 25, 2007
    10
    The best Ryan has done so far
  3. robertk
    Jul 5, 2007
    10
    This guy is soooo talented...this album is a delight from start to finish....no contenders, his ballads go straight to the heart....AWESOME and then some! Expand
  4. BradR
    Jun 22, 2007
    9
    Not taking chances like his last 6 albums, but remarkably consistent, fun, and moving. Stellar vocal performances, and "goodnight rose" is a classic.
  5. IrahK.
    Aug 20, 2007
    9
    Reminiscent of his earlier music on "Demolition" Very enjoyable!
  6. MattD.
    Jul 10, 2007
    8
    Mellow but not predictable, this is one of Adams's most consistently pleasing CDs. It's like he unleashed his inner country star, Ryan Adams style. Expand
  7. madsl
    Jun 28, 2007
    5
    American critics in particular have been buzzing about this album as "a return to form", but to me it feels quite lifeless sonically and a bit tame whwn it comes to songwriting. Ryan is actually better when he sounds pissed and releases albums just for the heck of it..his three 2005 albums are all superior to this dull-sounding sobered-up version of the multiple ryan personas. Expand

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