Prisoner

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  • Summary: The 16th full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter was influenced by his divorce from singer Mandy Moore.
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  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
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  1. 100
    Adams assembles a stunning scrapbook that captures heartbreak in an intimate array of snapshots, a collection that marks his most accomplished record since Heartbreaker.
  2. Feb 16, 2017
    90
    Prisoner isn’t a heartbreak record--it’s potentially the heartbreak record, for my generation at least. Turns out sadness really is quite the currency.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jan 25, 2017
    80
    A broken heart has long been the conductor for Adams's talent--it's a testament to the quality here that he sounds so thoroughly broken this time. [Mar 2017, p.107]
  4. Feb 17, 2017
    80
    It's not a record that wallows in hurt, it's an album that functions as balm for bad times.
  5. Feb 15, 2017
    70
    [Ryan Adams draws] from a well of sadness and confusion that seems only to have deepened by the time he gets to the album’s closer.
  6. Feb 17, 2017
    70
    The contrast between his interiority and the sturdiness of his compositions is striking. So, too, is the contrast between this album and Heartbreaker, his lauded solo debut. Ranking breakup records is a ghoul’s errand; suffice to say that loss was Heartbreaker’s fuel. Here, it’s turned to fumes.
  7. Mojo
    Jan 25, 2017
    60
    Ultimately Prisoner is tethered by sturdy, familiar images of tightropes and trains. [Mar 2017, p.94]

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