So that new Ryan Adams LP
It’s growing on me. But unless something just hits me, like the last few going back to 2007 and prior (with exception of a few on Cardinology that I did like and yes I actually loved Easy Tiger), I’ll listen to it for a few weeks and forget about it.
His live shows, even the 2011 acoustics that weren’t as mind blowing as with any version of the Cardinals or pre-sobriety, are what really get me. I’m a putz. I totally know that, so I’m hoping that the shows are better and just as fist to heart for me.
I think for me what has been the major disappointment is the songwriting. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some great songs since 2007 - personal favorites are Memory Lane, Stop, My Wreaking Ball on the latest and even Lucky Now has some decent catches. But for me, he’s been lacking creativity since he cleaned up. I’d never EVER wish relapse on anyone. I just wish he could figure out how to get to that place without the booze and drugs. He’s such an anal retentive perfectionist. So, it’s hard for me to understand how he thinks some of this stuff is his best. So many of his lyrics have such incredible imagery - it’s as if you can close your eyes and see it all play out. This new(er) stuff? Not so much. I may have drank the DRA Koolaid a long time again (why else would I be writing this?) but I’m not deaf or blind.
Anyway, that’s my two unimportant cents. Carry on.