Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2017 No: 2
Ryan Adams returns with his 16th studio album Prisoner on which the singer-songwriter name-checks a variety of influences including AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby and Electric Light Orchestra. Adams initially wrote nearly 80 songs for the record, but worked with legendary producer Don Was to pare the track list down to about 12. The album is bouncy, melodic and mostly musically upbeat. As always Adams' lyrics dominate the narrative, and they're often serious going. The twelve tracks that make up Prisoner came to Adams over a prolific period stretching back as far as the week his 2014 self-titled album entered the U.S. album chart at a career high of number 4.
LP - Black Vinyl with Download.
7" Box set - The collection features 12 7-inch records — one for each of the 12 songs on Prisoner — pressed in different color vinyl and accompanied by unique artwork. In addition to the album’s original material, there are 17 previously unreleased B-sides included. There are also action figures in the shape of Adams and his bandmates, arcade games, cats and tigers, and even a miniature stage setup complete with working lights and sounds.