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Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:00 AM, public
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Ryan Adams's Prisoner is a career-defining album that makes the perfect follow-up to his cover album of mega-pop star Taylor Swift's 1989. Since Adams's debut solo album, the songwriter, lyricist and performer has quietly become a prolific artist and producer. Adams's output as a songwriter is documented by the 15 albums released since he started recording under his own name at the start of the century. At his PAX-AM label, Adams has honed his craft as a producer, with the studio serving as a laboratory for his many independent releases and collaborations.
There's something more personal about Prisoner that feels like an extension of his self-titled release without the Cardinals. Adams has never lacked an authentic voice, but he lets his guard down throughout the new album and lets you into his world. Prisoner transcends Adams' complex emotional response to falling in love and breaking up. The songs aren't just about the universal struggle to relate to each other on a personal level; it's also about relating to the everyday realities of the world. Adams wasn't subtle about releasing the track "Doomsday" on the week of inauguration. The increasingly complex nature of Adams' writing is also revealed in the credits, as he dedicated the album to the late comedian and writer, Garry Shandling.
Prisoner is out now via your favorite online music outlet.