It's surprising, then, that Easy Tiger is so restrained: 13 songs in under 40 minutes. Adams reunites with the Cardinals, the band that provided the kick to Cold Roses, his best of 2005. But Adams rarely plugs in; only "Halloweenhead" truly rocks.
Indeed, Easy Tiger is one tame kitty. Adams applies gentle melodies and his serious but sensitive voice to the most country-sounding set of his career. The plucked banjo wafting through "Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.," the two-steppin' "Tears of Gold," and the tender twang of "Pearls on a String" put him on Music City's map. And squarely in the middle of the road.