Prisoner (studio album) by Ryan Adams

Prisoner by Ryan Adams
Year: 2017
Release date: 2017-02-17
Overall rank: 5,464th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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73/100 (from 141 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 2017 (111th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (1,043rd)
Award Best albums of all time (5,464th)
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Ryan Adams bestography

Prisoner is ranked 4th best out of 37 albums by Ryan Adams on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Ryan Adams is Heartbreaker which is ranked number 1049 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,699.

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Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 141 votes)
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90/100
From 01/05/2018 15:59
Heartbreak is obviously a tough thing to bear, but it certainly produces good music. This is his best album in years and it absolutely aches.

Favorite tracks: Prisoner, Shiver and Shake, Anything I Say To You Now
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70/100
From 12/21/2017 16:56
People, including myself, are confused as to when his "comeback" began. I think we can all agree the alt-country wheels fell off with "29". IMO, he formally recaptured his mojo when he reintroduced himself as Ryan Adams in 2014. But some point to this album with its subtle emotion and mostly midtempo earnestness. I think "Outbound Train" is the standout track on an album that's mostly a slightly less inspired followup to his 2014 comeback. But that's just me. Ryan would be the first to say his music really hasn't changed over the years, so why would Prisoner be any better or worse than Heartbreaker? Ask him.
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85/100
From 06/02/2017 21:27
After nearly half of 2017 passed this is still my album of the year. Adams delivers some genuine emotion here, the whole album feels pretty sad but somehow still warm and invites you in.
Adams combines honest lyrics about his breakup with some of the catchiest melodies to create that feeling. His voice is excellent throughout the album.
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From 03/26/2017 09:11
Goddamn. Adams still has some life in him yet. Granted, Ryan Adams is a bit of a blind spot for me. Having gotten into him pretty recently, and being most familiar with his last few releases, Adams is just one of those artists who just knows his way around songwriting like it's second nature. Prisoner bears that out completely. Sonically, Adams is doing a sort of 80's rock revival thing, but what he has to say is nuanced enough, and is done with real honesty.

Anyway, I love this. This is a great record.
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80/100
From 03/07/2017 05:02
A very good album. Better than I expected, really. I think with one or two more listenings I'm willing to raise the score. One of the best I've heard this year so far.
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From 02/24/2017 23:44
Good solid album but he's getting very close to becoming a Springsteen tribute act.
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75/100
From 02/21/2017 17:56
A decent, although not quite great album from Ryan Adams(still not sure why some people still refer to Ryan Adams as country). It's still early days and I enjoy it a little more each time I hear it, which is a good sign, but sadly there are no surprises here. It's typical Ryan Adams and like the latest Elbow album it's extremely enjoyable but both are played just that little too safe to make them anything great. Go on Ryan, next time, surprise us.
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From 02/18/2017 20:28
Surprisingly good. So far my favourite 2017 release.
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From 02/17/2017 22:33
I never listen to country but this is fantastic.
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