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Ryan Adams: 29

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 2 December 2005

WITH ALMOST NO INFORMATION supplied by Adams, the advance publicity for 29 — the rootsy crooner's third album this year — amounted to a hotchpotch of internet rumour. It was claimed there were nine songs at nine minutes apiece, and the record was rumoured to be either a muted footnote to a remarkably productive year, or a contender for album of the year. Adams offered a single comment to the effect that each track (there are indeed nine, but only 'Strawberry Wine' approaches nine minutes) summarises one year of his 20s.

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