Ryan Adams: Manic Pixie Dream Boy (Review)

Ryan Adams – Enmore Theatre. 24 July 2015 

There’s a safe masculinity to Ryan Adams. 14 years after his first album he’s still writing enjoyable catchy love songs with plenty of guitar. The music is infused with the foundations of the Doors, Led Zeppelin (yes I know they’re not American) and Creedence Clearwater Revival, which has evolved into the post-grunge wave of American Rock that rejected Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Stone Temple Pilot’s dark struggles for identity in favour of ham-fisted (yet highly addictive) expressions of love. This is the Americana of The Heightsthe Goo Goo Dolls and Five For Fighting. There’s no doubt Adams does it well. In a genre of one hit wonders he’s gone the distance.

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