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Easy Tiger

Ryan Adams Audio CD
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Ryan Adams is a multiple-Grammy-nominated singer songwriter from Jacksonville, NC whose critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums both as a solo artist and with the Cardinals have included Heartbreaker (2000), Gold (2001), Love Is Hell (2004), Cold Roses (2005) and Easy Tiger (2007) which TIME magazine hailed as "a career breakthrough." Adams is also the CEO of his own ... Read more in Amazon's Ryan Adams Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000OZ0JEI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. The Sun Also Sets 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Off Broadway 2:310.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Rip Off 3:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Two Hearts 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
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Easy Tiger, Ryan Adams's ninth solo studio album, is a return to form in every way. He's already shown that he can bash out three albums in one year--not to mention the hilarious fake hip-hop records posted for free on his Web site--and that he can sound as much like the Grateful Dead as he wants to in his constant subsequent touring. Backed once again by Neal Casal's band the Cardinals, Adams synthesizes and refines his approach to smooth, gorgeous country-pop. "Tears of Gold" is one of the best songs he's written in ages, while "Two" is a slowly percolating, sweet little number that recalls Sean Hayes in its soulful folksiness (someone named Sheryl Crow accompanies Adams on vocals). One of the greatest treats of this languorous, twangy album is the subtle ways that genre gets played with. "I Taught Myself How to Grow Old" is the best Harvest outtake Neil Young never wrote, while the treated, synth-sounding guitar solo on the druggy, chooglin' "Halloween Head" sounds like it comes straight out of Journey. And "The Sun Also Sets" sounds more than a little like Rufus Wainwright covering Fred McDowell's "Write Me a Few of Your Lines." It bursts with enough melodrama as to border on musical theater. But, as is clear on these songs of love and loss, Adams has always been at his best when giving into his most mellow, dramatic side. --Mike McGonigal

BBC Review

No-one could ever accuse Ryan Adams of being work shy. After all, Easy Tiger is the ninth album he's released in seven years. However, the finger often pointed at him is about the consistency of those albums.

It's a fair point to make. Unlike most artists, Adams seems to have no self-editing process, preferring instead to simply release everything he records, including some very odd fake hip-hop nonsense - though he did at least have the decency to give that away for free through his website. Rest assured, when he bites the bullet, there'll be no Jeff Buckley or Tupac style post-mortem product to put out.

Thankfully, when that day does come, Easy Tiger will be hailed as one of his finer efforts. Once again, he's backed by the Cardinals and deep in alt-country territory, and the album is one of rich beauties and poignant moments.

Its success comes from Ryan sticking to what he does best; produce stirringly tender songs that offer as much in expansive passion as they do in quiet introspection.

'Off Broadway' and 'Oh My God, Whatever, Etc' both tug at your emotions as they meander along, 'Rip Off' manages to mask a punching lyric with a lush melody, and 'Two', resplendent in its off-kilter chorus, understated harmonies - provided by Sheryl Crow - and tear-jerking lyrics, is his finest slow-burner to date. In short, expect your heart to break, your eyes to moisten and your mind to wander.

Of course, this being Adams, there are a couple of less pleasurable flashes, and it's a toss-up between whether the awful Neil Young rip-off 'Tears Of Gold' or the moment in 'Halloweenhead' when he decides to add a B to his name and shout 'Guitar solo!' takes the crown.

But both are forgivable for the sheer beauty that surrounds them. Ever an unpredictable artist, Ryan Adams has upset the expectations once again with Easy Tiger by producing an album of genuine coherence and stability. Irregular service has been resumed. --Chris Long

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One step closer to the perfect album... 4 July 2007
By Mark B
Format:Audio CD
Ryan Adams is nothing if not prolific. Nine studio albums in seven years is no mean feat.

Unfortunately, an almost natural by-product of this has tended to be a fair bit of filler being injected into at least four of the nine, turning what would otherwise be great into something that is 'just' very good. Thankfully, only one such track here - "Pearls On A String" - slips into this category.

The album title reflects Adams' slow-down and perhaps signifies a cleaner, sober artist whose creativity and talent can be fully realised. Similarly, "I Taught Myself How To Grow Old" reflects the more mature, stable feel to this collection. Both are positive steps towards the 'perfect' Ryan Adams album fans have been hankering after.
Previous releases have flitted between genres ranging from straight country to alt-country right through to straight rock 'n' roll. Here, styles seem to converge and we have a collection that is eclectic yet at the same time solid and mature.

A number of standout tracks ("Tears Of Gold", "Two", "The Sun Also Sets" and "I Taught Myself How To Grow Old") are achingly beautiful and feel well-balanced alongside bouncy indie anthems such as "Halloween Head". His voice is versatile enough to allow him to sound at home with both tear-jerking ballads and livelier tracks and sounds the best it has on any Adams release to date.

He is edging ever-closer to releasing something truly exceptional and this is as close as he has come to delivering on that promise made following his 2000 debut, Heartbreaker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good to have you back 13 Jun 2007
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Apparently clean and sober, Ryan delivers his most coherent album since Gold. Not to say his other albums haven't had their moments. On the contrary, there have been stunning moments on all of his post-Gold albums, but this one just hangs together better as a whole.

Backed by The Cardinals again, there is a strong Neil Young vibe throughout the album. Which is, of course a splendid thing. Having apparently taken the last year off to take stock, and get sober, he has returned fitter, stronger, not trying so hard, therefore sounding more natural and comfortable with himself.

It's good to have this old trooper back (seems he's been around forever). The musical landscape has changed somewhat, with The Hold Steady, Cold War Kids and Wilco (still) flying the flag for 'Americana'. Let's hope the world hasn't grown weary of Ryan's stellar talents and moved on, impatiently waiting for the classic follow-up to Gold and Heartbreaker. God knows, on this form, and newly rejuvinated, we need him.

Welcome back sunshine!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger 20 Jun 2007
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Nine albums. Seven years. Not bad going at all is it? Some people would have you think that Ryan Adams' post Whiskeytown career is full of inconsistencies and that he's never quite hit the heights of his 2000 debut Heartbreaker. They'd be wrong. Oh so wrong. Rock N Roll aside (we'll pretend that one doesn't exist, Ryan's tongue was firmly in cheek there) the problem hasn't been down to inconsistency, its been down to having too much material, too many ideas and at times being a little self-indulgent. The question is, had he been focused enough this time around?

The initial signs were good. Having been a drug addict for the majority of his life, Easy Tiger is his first `clean' album. Kicking drugs and alcohol over a year ago Adams has thrown himself into the comfortable confines of backing band The Cardinals, and even though its Ryan Adams' name on the front cover its obviously a full band effort. The production is slick, the arrangements are short and concise and Adams' voice is at a career high. Most importantly though, Easy Tiger has everything that a Ryan Adams album should have. The lilting pedal steel infused country of Goodnight Rose, the rich harmonies of Tears Of Gold and the love lorn acoustic balladry of Oh My God, Whatever, Etc its all here, its all totally focused and delivered with a passion that makes Adams one of the most important and vital songwriters of his generation. One puzzling thing about the album is that it features a couple of songs that are at least six years old. As good as Off Broadway and These Girls are, I can't help but feel a little short changed. Both these songs are available elsewhere in Adams' vast collection of bootlegs which makes me wonder if there's actually any point in re-recording them?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adams still has 'Gold'en touch 17 Feb 2008
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When Adams admitted in 2007 that he had endured "an extended period of substance abuse" that ended in 2006 including snorting a cocktail of heroin and cocaine, I must admit that I wasn't entirely surprised. I had been puzzled at Ryan's insistence at releasing no less than three studio albums in 2005, all of which were a little underwhelming and had diluted the quality of his music so much that I bought 'Easy Tiger' with a slight reluctance and only because it had received so much good press and positive reviews from critics and fans alike.

When I first put the CD into my player and pressed play, I heard 'Goodnight Rose' and had a sinking feeling. Yet another unremarkable Ryan Adams song which was good enough, but nothing near the heights reached by 'Heartbreaker' and 'Gold'. Listening on, however, I was delighted to discover that 'Easy Tiger' is, indeed, Ryan's best album since 2001's brilliant (if slightly bloated) 'Gold'. The drug & excess themed 'Two', the magnificent acoustic country/rock ballad 'Everybody Knows' and the weary, harmonica-driven coming of age song 'I Taught Myself How To Get Old' are excellent songs and easily the best three tracks on the album. Those, coupled with the catchy indie singalong 'Halloweenhead', the gentle country toe-tapper 'Two Hearts' and the bare bones vocal/guitar pairing of 'These Girls' make for an album full of more highs that Ryan has produced for a long time.

I am very glad I decided to take a gamble on 'Easy Tiger', despite Ryan's recent inconsitencies caused by the excesses of his lifestyle. The clean, focused but evidently still troubled Ryan sounds a hell of a lot better than the one reliant on drugs to function. Who'd have guessed?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album! Probably my favourite from Ryan!
2007's 'Easy Tiger' is easily one of Ryan Adams' most commercially appealing and consistently enjoyable albums. Read more
Published 8 months ago by ReviewBlog51
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears of Gold
Oh yes!
This sounds to me like the protean Ryan Adams at his best, 14 tight, terse songs without a moment of filler. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars All kinds of Americana blended in one LP
This album is Americana at its best... I don't know if it is Ryan's but it is a damn good one, with his trademark melancholic tracks or the beautiful acoustic arrangements on... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by David Calcano
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed
Next to previously grandiose opuses like Love is Hell and Cold Roses, Easy Tiger can't help but initially feel a little slight. Read more
Published on 22 April 2009 by J. Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Sober songs
First, let me say tht this is not Adams'best album. For me, that title belongs to either Gold or Love is Hell. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2008 by Jens Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Adams finds his quality control button
Although the highs of his past three albums (Cold Roses, Jacksonville City Nights, 29) were very high indeed, there was a feeling there was a great single album to be had there. Read more
Published on 23 April 2008 by J. Rae
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Gold
For me, this is the closest ryan has come to reaching the heights of Gold, it is certainly his most commercial offering since then and is full of great tunes, the differnce for me... Read more
Published on 3 April 2008 by MLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the Tiger
Every time a new Ryan Adams album comes out so do the cynical fine tooth combs looking for the obligatory gripes. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2007 by Radar Gun
4.0 out of 5 stars A little too Easy Tiger
There's no doubt that `Easy Tiger' is Ryan Adam's most focused album since his debut solo outing, `Heartbreaker'. However, there's also no doubt that much of the ... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2007 by Jim Skywalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!
In all honesty, i was slightly surprised by the critical praise heaped upon this album. I am a huge Ryan Adams fan and I thought 29 was great, if not a little slow and slightly... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2007 by Mr. G. Middleton
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