The ever-prolific Ryan Adams has more in store for fans this year than "Easy Tiger," a new studio album due June 26 via Lost Highway. The artist is plotting a multi-disc boxed set of odds-and-ends, wh
The ever-prolific Ryan Adams has more in store for fans this year than "Easy Tiger," a new studio album due June 26 via Lost Highway. The artist is plotting a multi-disc boxed set of odds-and-ends, which will cull from his extensive back catalog.
According to a label spokesperson, the set may include live tracks, the fabled unreleased albums "48 Hours" and "The Suicide Handbook," the oft-bootlegged "Bedhead" series and leftover songs from the "Easy Tiger" sessions.
What won't be included, however, are the dozens of oddball tracks Adams released last year via his Web site under the monikers DJ Reggie, WereWolph, the Sh*t and others. "That wasn't meant to be anything more than just a laugh," Adams tells Billboard.com. "It was a thing to do after shows. It was like having garage band wars. It was for fun -- a chance experiment with rap stuff."
As for "Easy Tiger," Adams says that, like 2004's "Love Is Hell" and 2002's "Demolition," the album consists of vignettes -- short stories -- as opposed to a single central theme or musical concept. "It's a bunch of individual poems, really, and I have no reservations about trying to link anything together," he says. "I still feel even unfamiliar with this record. Even though I wrote them, I still feel like I don't know enough about them yet."
Although Adams is backed by his band the Cardinals on the album, he originally intended to try recording it as a solo effort. "I had been talking with management to try another setup like [2000's] 'Heartbreaker,' but as I started writing, I wanted to flesh it out and I brought the band in," he says.
Adams spent most of 2006 "caught up in what I wanted to do with [my life] in general," he says. The 32-year-old artist released a trio of albums in under a year between 2005 and 2006, drawing ire from critics over such a fast and furious production schedule. "I ignore the people that say I'm at fault for being a hard worker. It's completely unreasonable," he says in retort.
What's more, Adams has been clean and sober for a year, a development Lost Highway VP of marketing and artist development Andy Nelson says is reflected on "Easy Tiger." "He's done a lot of soul searching," Nelson says. "The result has been really astounding. He sounds better than ever."