5 Voices You Need To Hear

RYAN ADAMS 29 Renowned for writing songs faster than most people have life experiences, Adams, 31, fills his third album in the past 12 months with nine lengthy tracks, each of which summarizes a year in his 20s. It's a conceit that at times elevates his self-pity to epic proportions (on The Sadness he wails, "The sadness is mine," over a flamenco guitar lick--¡qué melodramático!), but it also creates moments of immense tenderness as Adams says a reluctant goodbye to youth (Carolina Rain, Starlite Diner) and contemplates a commitment to something other than himself. "If you want any flowers," he sings with...

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