12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prisoner continues to refine the sound that Ryan Adams first explored with his 2014 self-titled album: a sure-handed mix of Tunnel of Love-era Springsteen, ‘80s college rock, and soft-focus synths. A track like “Anything I Say to You Now” illustrates how perfectly this formula suits him; a Smiths-esque jangle of guitars gives sentimental depth to his plain-spoken refrain, “Anything I say to you now is just a lie.” As he works through the rest of the emotional wreckage, highlights like "Shiver and Shake” prove that Adams’ poignancy as a songwriter can still bring us to our knees.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Prisoner continues to refine the sound that Ryan Adams first explored with his 2014 self-titled album: a sure-handed mix of Tunnel of Love-era Springsteen, ‘80s college rock, and soft-focus synths. A track like “Anything I Say to You Now” illustrates how perfectly this formula suits him; a Smiths-esque jangle of guitars gives sentimental depth to his plain-spoken refrain, “Anything I say to you now is just a lie.” As he works through the rest of the emotional wreckage, highlights like "Shiver and Shake” prove that Adams’ poignancy as a songwriter can still bring us to our knees.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
228 Ratings
228 Ratings
JamesOQ ,

Set the Prisoner Free!

Ryan Adams - is he alt-country? Folk? 80s rock? A Smiths / Springsteen / Sabbath devotee all at once, Ryan just keeps proving that he can write and play any genre of music, and do it better and at a faster rate than most specialists. "Prisoner" appears to be just another step in his multi-decade long music journey. Not necessarily a step forward, but rather a step in a totally different and new direction. If you somehow didn't like "Heartbreaker", or "Gold", or "Love Is Hell", or any of his work with The Cardinals or Whiskeytown, give him another shot, because this sound is different and many ways BETTER than anything he's done before. The guy is anything but a Prisoner. He appears to be a man set free, allowed to write and play any style of music he wants to...and he does

JoJo the Dog Faced Boy ,

Ryan Adam is the Greatest

Ryan Adam is the Greatest Singer/Songwriter/Performer
Of the last 20 years & way too
Under Appreciated He deserves much more Success
Rock On Ryan!!!!

Nicole the O ,

Keeps getting better with each album....

Wow. Adams has been my favorite artist for the better part of 20 years now. With each new release he continues to evolve and explore different influences. Do You Still Love Me continues the tradition. More superb music from the best there is.

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