Philip Andelman
Sean Howe
June 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Easy Tiger

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ryan Adams
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

Alt-country stars are partying like it’s 1999! Just as Wilco’s new Sky Blue Sky is free of the guitar wankery that’s defined them this millennium, frontman Jeff Tweedy’s old rival Ryan Adams has reined in those jam-band tendencies for Easy Tiger, his most concise collection since his 2000 debut. Despite an awful lot of math (in one song, ”Two hearts, one of them will break…three words is all it takes”; in another, ”It takes two when it used to take one”), Easy Tiger keeps it simple: beguiling melodies, an ace band, and Adams’ elastic tenor. A-
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