Prisoner (CD)


Ryan Adams

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Amoeba Review

02/16/2017

With an opening track like "Do You Still Love Me?" it's hard not to make the connection between Ryan Adam's new album, Prisoner, and his recent, fairly public, divorce. But regardless of the gossipy context behind it, Adams has constructed a heartfelt and entrancing record, full of subtle production nuances and an undeniable earnestness. While breakup albums run the risk of becoming redundant and self-absorbed, Prisoner joins the successful ranks of records that show an artist laid bare, honest and trying to work through the confusion. Rather than asking for your pity, Adams essentially paints differently toned vignettes of the same subject matter. While the Springsteen-esque "Shiver and Shake" evokes the fragility and withdrawal of broken love, "To Be With You" brings to mind the somberly resilient honkey tonk, folky country tunes of the '60s and '70s. With the exception of the first track, which feels almost like a Pat Benatar power ballad, the album is even keeled, mid-tempo-ed, and filled with shimmery, watery, beautiful guitars that bring to mind the tones of Morrissey or The Stone Roses.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Do You Still Love Me?
Ryan Adams 03:59
2.
Prisoner
Ryan Adams 03:11
3.
Doomsday
Ryan Adams 03:01
4.
Haunted House
Ryan Adams 02:42
5.
Shiver & Shake
Ryan Adams 03:05
6.
To Be Without You
Ryan Adams 03:21
7.
Anything I Say To You Now
Ryan Adams 04:50
8.
Breakdown
Ryan Adams 04:00
9.
Outbound Train
Ryan Adams 04:21
10.
Broken Anyway
Ryan Adams 02:57
11.
Tightrope
Ryan Adams 03:56
12.
We Disappear
Ryan Adams 03:29

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