Since launching his solo career in 2000 — after helping redefine the alt-country concept with Whiskeytown — Ryan Adams has made overachievement something of a musical mantra: He released three albums in 2005 alone. Still, in Adams's case, quantity hasn't always equated with quality, and critics have complained that he relaxed his standards simply to be prolific. It's fortuitous, then, that in 2006 he took a respite to shore up his better material for this exceptional 13-song set, easily among his best so far. Some listeners might find... More >>>