Ryan Adams’ Twangy ‘This Is 40’ Track Shines ‘Through The Dark’ on ‘Conan’

Singer and songwriter Ryan Adams

Singer and songwriter Ryan Adams

Spin: All the alt-country survivor needs now is a campfire –

Nothing from Ryan Adams brightens a bar-lit evening like his handsomely hangdog country songs, with all due respect to the former Whiskeytown singer’s varied and impressive discography with backing band the Cardinals, or the British mope-rock jaunt Love Is Hell. “Shining in the Dark,” one of Adams’ two contributions to the soundtrack of Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up spinoff This Is 40, surfaced online earlier this month, and, happily, our own Chris Martins described it as “an organ-strewn jangler.” No organs were harmed in Adams’ stripped-down performance of the song last night on Conan, but super-producer Don Was (the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, too many others to list) sat in on upright bass, as steel guitar wizard Cindy Cashdollar added some twang on the Dobro. When this hushed, sweetly melancholy performance originally aired last night, a glow must’ve come from more than the TV screen.

About the movie:
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Rating: R (Adult Humor/Profanity/Sexual Situations/Drug Content)
Cast: Leslie Mann (Apatow’s wife), Iris and Maude Apatow (Apatow’s two daughters), Jason Segel, Paul Rodd, Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, John Lithgow and others.

The typical affluent white couple in mid-life crisis. It has a good supporting cast, but the movie is boring, with a very few funny moments. The movie soundtrack album ‘This Is 40’ is a who’s who of talent spanning 40+ years of music. The movie hits theatres December 21st, but the soundtrack can be pre-ordered before its December 11th release.

From Paul McCartney and Lindsey Buckingham to Paul Simon and Norah Jones, there’s no shortage of talent on this soundtrack. Even Yoko Ono makes an appearance…

This is 40 Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. I’m Your Angel – Yoko Ono
02. Always Judging – Norah Jones
03. What Do You Like? – Graham Parker with Punch Brothers
04. Sick Of You – Lindsey Buckingham
05. Rewrite – Paul Simon
06. Shining Through The Dark (Live) – Ryan Adams
07. Lunch Box Odd Sox – Paul McCartney
08. Brother & Sister – Lindsey Buckingham Featuring Norah Jones
09. Theme 1 (Debbie & Oliver) – Jon Brion
10. Watch The Moon Come Down – Graham Parker & The Rumour
11. Days That We Die – Loudon Wainwright
12. She Acts Like You – Lindsey Buckingham
13. Dull Tool – Fiona Apple
14. Lucky Now (Live) – Ryan Adams
15. I Got You – Wilco
16. Live & Die – The Avett Brothers

Bonus track (digital only):
17. Protection (Live) – Graham Parker & The Rumour

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