Ryan Adams Strums Twangy 'This Is 40' Contribution: 'Shining Through the Dark'

Alt-country singer probably cameos in the film, too

Ryan Adams 'Shining Through the Dark' 'This Is 40' Soundtrack
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Ryan Adams isn't afraid to get weird with the occasional Deadmau5 collab, Lemonheads production gig, or foray into metal, but as interesting as his sidelines can be, the man's best mode is as alt-country crooner. Thankfully, he'll be reprising that role on the soundtrack to Knocked Up spinoff, This is 40. EW is streaming one of the Los Angeles singer-songwriter's two contributions to Judd Apatow's latest, an organ-strewn jangler dubbed "Shining Through the Dark." Though it's a live recording (as is the "Lucky You" cameo in the track list), the easy-rambling rendition is more fleshed out here than in its previous incarnation on 2011's Live From Nowhere Near You: Volume Two benefit comp. Adams joins Paul Simon, Wilco, Lindsey Buckingham, and other notables on the This is 40 soundtrack, including Fiona Apple, whose "Dull Tool" is the embattled artist's first original song for film. EW hints that Adams will actually appear in the film as well.

This Is 40 soundtrack track list:
1. Yoko Ono - "I'm Your Angel"
2. Norah Jones - "Always Judging"
3. Graham Parker and the Punch Brothers - "What Do You Like?"
4. Lindsey Buckingham - "Sick of You"
5. Paul Simon - "Rewrite"
6. Ryan Adams - "Shining Through the Dark" (live)
7. Paul McCartney - "Lunch Box Odd Sox"
8. Lindsey Buckingham ft. Norah Jones - "Brother & Sister"
9. Jon Brion - "Theme 1 (Debbie & Oliver)"
10. Graham Parker and the Rumour - "Watch the Moon Come Down"
11. Loudon Wainwright - "Days That We Die"
12. Lindsey Buckingham - "She Acts Like You"
13. Fiona Apple - "Dull Tool"
14. Ryan Adams - "Lucky Now" (live)
15. Wilco - "I Got You"
16. The Avett Brothers - "Live & Die"
17. Graham Parker and the Rumor - "Protection" (live) [digital bonus track]

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