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Album Review | ROCK

Ryan Adams, ‘Ryan Adams’

There is a satisfying sense of grit to Ryan Adams’s latest, an eponymous effort out Tuesday. He is rootless, restless, and rocking on this 11-track collection of songs that veer from misty atmospherics to burning guitars. The set starts with the fiery “Gimme Something Good”: all classic-rock heat, charged with a humid organ fill that would fit right into a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune. Adams pleads for grace with conviction. He brings that same sense of immersion to the moment to other tracks here, including the raw, vulnerable “Kim,” whose narrator roams streets he will never walk again with the title character with a bleariness that doesn’t blunt the vividness of his memories. An eerieness touches “Am I Safe,” in which an observer with a busy mind watches cars go by and worries. And a sense of impending explosion haunts the urgent, Springsteen-esque “I Just Might,” as Adams sings “I don’t want to lose control, baby I just might.” Far from losing control, Adams sounds like he’s in total command. (Out Tuesday) SARAH RODMAN


Ryan Adams plays the Citi Wang Theatre Nov. 18.