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Prisoner CD by Ryan Adams 1Disc
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Album: Prisoner CD by Ryan Adams 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    Do You Still Love Me?
2)    Prisoner
3)    Doomsday
4)    Haunted House
5)    Shiver and Shake
6)    To Be Without You
7)    Anything I Say to You Now
8)    Breakdown
9)    Outbound Train
10)    Broken Anyway
11)    Tightrope
12)    We Disappear
 
Album: Prisoner CD by Ryan Adams 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    Do You Still Love Me?
2)    Prisoner
3)    Doomsday
4)    Haunted House
5)    Shiver and Shake
6)    To Be Without You
7)    Anything I Say to You Now
8)    Breakdown
9)    Outbound Train
10)    Broken Anyway
11)    Tightrope
12)    We Disappear
 
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Performer Notes
  • Recording information: Capitol Studios, LA; Electricity Lady Studios, NYC; Paxam Studio, LA.
  • Photographers: Johnny T. Yerington; Scott Newton; Noah Abrams; Ryan Adams.
  • Picking up the thread left hanging from 2014's eponymous album -- in retrospect, his 2015 cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 seems even more of a detour -- Ryan Adams winds up diving ever deeper into early-'80s sounds and sensibilities on Prisoner. Such supple sounds are carefully constructed with producer Don Was, a professional who helps Adams articulate the AOR ideals he initially essayed in 2014. Prisoner sounds warm, open, and inviting, its welcoming vibes contradicting how it's an album born out of pain, a record written in the aftermath of Adams' divorce from Mandy Moore. Sadness haunts the corners of Prisoner -- it's there in the very song titles, beginning with the opener "Do You Still Love Me" and running through its aching closer, "We Disappear" -- but it's not a sorrowful record, not with its smooth edges and warm center. All of this is an outgrowth of the aesthetic Adams pioneered in 2014, one that he lent to Jenny Lewis' The Voyager, and the reconstituted soft rock suits him well: it's a salute to the past and Adams always respected tradition. If the songs on Prisoner follow a conventional path of heartbreak -- a man sorting through the remnants of a broken romance -- the sound helps give the album an identity. Adams largely relies on cinematic classic rock tricks, a move underscored by how "Outbound Train" seems like an answer to Bruce Springsteen's "Downbound Train" -- toward the end of the record he starts to thread in a few spare acoustic confessionals, songs that play like subdued nods to his Americana past -- and that's the charm of Prisoner: it's not a record that wallows in hurt, it's an album that functions as balm for bad times. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hen the songwriting feels as personal and urgent as the scholarship, he gets close to the magnum opus of his dreams."

Spin - "The flange-filled 'We Disappear' suggests Lindsey Buckingham at his most isolated and recriminating. Adams' sense of the smart detail is intact, too."

Entertainment Weekly - "[I]t's one of Adams' most fully-realized, sturdy collections to date, and quite possibly his finest record of the past decade." -- Grade: A-

Magnet - "Adams is starting to develop a classic way with a metaphor that even Hank Williams might've admired."

NME (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[R]emarkably focused and effective....The worst sort of anguish brings out the best in him."

Paste (magazine) - "It's a beautiful sounding collection, no question."

Clash (magazine) - "Instrumentally the album shares much in common with 1989....Lyrically though, and as a view into Adams' psychopathology, `Prisoner' is nothing short of fascinating."
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