I have to go and make the definitive ‘What am I about?’ record. So I’ve been thinking long and hard about, like, ‘Who am I? What am I trying to project? What do I want to say?’ Instead of writing a love song to a particular girl, what about a love song to love? I want people to hear it and be like, ‘Fuck off!’ I wanna see how far I can bend and break people. I wanna see if I can break someone’s heart while playing a show. Fuck them up so bad that they just go, ‘Fuck!’, start crying, and leave. Because I want to express how much I’ve seen. And I can do it every fucking night. It never burns out.
Ryan Adams, British GQ (April 2002)