On Cardinology, their latest disc, tumultuous troubadour Ryan Adams and his band, the Cardinals, make music that is simple, uncomplicated classic rock, harkening back to early Springsteen and tapping into their inner U2.

The singer, known for his onstage antics and struggles with the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle, leaves those troubles in the dust on this standout effort. He creates a lyrically mature album full of robust guitar riffs and vocal harmonies running the gamut from Allman Brothers-like twang to dirty garage rock.

It’s rare for an album to be as straightforward in its delivery, sincere to its sound and remain solidly good. If sobriety agrees this well with Adams now, expect great things from this now collected composer.

Grade: A-

Cardinology is currently available.