Rough Trade Albums of the Year 2017 No: 2
All orders come with exclusive Live at Rough Trade East bonus CD (ships out 11/22), also available on 12" LP.
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. During that run, Adams toured the world, recorded and released both his Live at Carnegie Hall collection and full-album cover of Taylor Swift's 1989, and saw the aforementioned Ryan Adams garner two Grammy nominations - Best Rock Song for Gimme Something Good and Best Rock Album.