People have been feeling disappointed by Ryan Adams for almost as long as they've been liking him. When his band Whiskeytown leaped to the fore of the then-burgeoning alt-country movement with its classic 1995 debut, Faithless Street, Adams seemed like nothing less than a savior, a recklessly prodigal kid equally informed by punk rock and archetypal C&W. However, it soon seemed Adams' legendary petulance wasn't some enfant terri
ble act, but the manifestation of a self-absorbed temperament that has marked his output to this day.
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