Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - III/IV 

This new collection of studio 'leftovers' rocks out surprisingly hard

click to enlarge 1085681.jpg

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - III/IV
Pax Am

It's no secret that Ryan Adams cranks out songs at superhuman speed. He's released a dozen albums since his solo debut a decade ago. III/IV, a two-disc collection of 21 leftovers from 2007's Easy Tiger sessions, doesn't quite hold together as well as Adams' best albums, but for a rather lengthy set of outtakes, it's surprisingly high-quality. Unlike the laidback singer-songwriter exercise Easy Tiger, most of III/IV's songs turn up the volume and swerve into post-punk and classic-rock territories. A few songs sound like fragments or variations on one another, which is to be expected (apparently, III/IV was conceived as a concept album). But the best tracks — "Breakdown Into the Resolve," "Stop Playing With My Heart," "Star Wars" — wouldn't sound out of place on Adams' most recent albums, with his scrappy band the Cardinals. He just got clean when he recorded these songs, and their energy is addictive.


More by Michael Gallucci

  • Drive-by Spins
  • Drive-by Spins

    Bettye LaVette, the Whigs, Ryan Bingham and more
    • Oct 17, 2012
  • Drive-by Spins
  • Drive-by Spins

    • Oct 10, 2012
  • Drive-by Spins
  • Drive-by Spins

    Quick takes on Dave Matthews Band, the Avett Brothers and more
    • Sep 19, 2012
  • More »

Best Things to Do In Detroit


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2016 Detroit Metro Times

Website powered by Foundation