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Ryan Adams on melodic, calmer ground with new album
Ryan Adams on melodic, calmer ground with new album

Ryan Adams says that before he wrote and recorded his new, self-titled album, he scrapped an entirely different record he'd completed with the esteemed English producer Glyn Johns, who earlier had overseen Adams' "Ashes & Fire" from 2011. No surprise there: At 39, Adams already has made more music than many — perhaps most — artists twice his age; his catalog is full of limited-edition releases that live in the shadows of his higher-profile projects. What's unexpected about "Ryan Adams" if you know the record's back story, though, is how even-tempered it feels, not at all like the impulsive bloodletting its origin story might suggest....

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