Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Best of 2008: Ryan Adams

Cover of Cover of CardinologyNext up is the newest from Ryan Adams and his group the Cardinals called Cardinology. Unlike Lucinda Williams who is known for releasing albums slowly and carefully Adams is known for the speed that he puts out new music. Just 34 he's already released 11 albums under his own names, plus a few with his former group Whiskeytown.

Ryan has been known to release three albums within the space of one year. Though lately he has slowed down and only released an album a year. Cardinology was his only release for 2008. Slated for 2009 is a long rumored 4 or 5 cd anthology of material.

This album rated high on most critics end of year lists. I enjoyed it and believe it belongs on such lists, but I liked the days when a new Adams album might be out every few months. He always got a lashing by the critics for not taking his time, but I was satisfied as long as we were getting that much more material.

Adams style is usually in the Americana genre, but he moves into rock, folk and country just as easily. The new one is more in the Americana style. This is an album when I first listened to I liked but didn't think that it was as good as everyone else seemed to. I've discovered that the more I listen to it the more I like it. It's always better that an album gets better on repeat listens than the opposite.

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