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Ryan Adams announces new, self-titled solo album

Ryan Adams announces new, self-titled solo album
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is photographed in his Hollywood music studio on Sept. 6, 2011. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

Ryan Adams poked some fun at his recent, scary bout with Meniere's disease (a mysterious inner ear disorder) on his live album compilation "Live After Deaf." Now he's got a new solo album to prove he's back for good.

The singer-songwriter has announced a new, self-titled LP due out on Sept. 8. The album was self-produced at his own PAX-AM studios in Hollywood, and will be released by his label of the same name and Columbia Records.

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The 11-track album kicks off with the single "Gimme Something Good," which is streaming now on Spotify.

The song starts as a slow-burning, bluesy rock number that's uncharacteristically riff-heavy for Adams. But by the choruses, it shifts into a lovely, Big Star-indebted '70s pop sound full of chiming guitars and sweet-hearted harmonies.

The single is a contrast to the intimate, hand-hewn folk of his last solo album, 2011's "Ashes & Fire." But it's a clear message that Adams hasn't mellowed with age -- and that the playbooks of classic rock and folk are still yielding new settings for his one-of-a-kind songwriting.

Adams has a brief West Coast tour planned for late summer, but no L.A.-area dates yet. He recently also collaborated with Jenny Lewis on her new solo LP "The Voyager."

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