If Ryan Adams needs a reason to throw another nobody-understands-me tantrum, it could be the fact that people buy the label-generated marketing BS that he's made a "comeback album."
You could call it a comeback if you stopped listening after 2003's maligned Rock N Roll. But the guy dropped three albums in 2005, including a very solid Jacksonville City Nights and the grossly undervalued double album Cold Roses, which easily ranks with the over-lauded Heartbreaker or Gold.
Thankfully, Adams chills out on the Grateful Dead obsession that almost killed 29, his last album, and gets into the guitar jangle neo-punk filtered through country style that makes him uniquely successful on tracks like Halloweenhead and Goodnight Rose.
The Sheryl Crow duet works where his Norah Jones collabo didn't; I Taught Myself How To Grow Old is classic tortured Adams, and Pearls On A String is a rewarding reflection of the time he spent hanging out with Willie Nelson.