Ryan Adams is a touchy subject among those of us who consider ourselves modern music snobs. On one hand, he has an undeniable classic album under his belt (Heartbreaker). On the other, he is somewhat of a douche and he had a stretch of a few albums that was...well, crappy.
That being said, the talent is there, the voice is golden, the lyrics intriguing, the guitar playing heart-felt, the songwriting has been proven, and....well, he can sure as hell put it all together for stretches that not many people can match. This is one of those stretches.
PS: For what it's worth, I've always been a fan of the guy and I think he has another classic in him. I think it will come in about 10 years, but it's there. Easy Tiger was an underrated album and he's on his way.