Feature Album: Ryan Adams – ‘Prisoner’

Feature Album:
Ryan Adams

One of the most elegant singer-songwriters
of his generation.

— The New York Times

Having drip-fed new music since December last year, (‘Do You Still Love Me?’, ‘To Be Without You‘ and ‘Doomsday‘) Ryan Adam has finally shared his sixteenth studio record Prisoner – turning pain into art.

The self-written, recorded and produced album is described as a direct transmission from the singer-songwriter’s psyche and soul. The 12-track record is a sonic memoir of a two-year vortex, which included world tours, covering and releasing an entire Taylor Swift album, Grammy-nominations (not wins) and splitting with wife Mandy Moore.

“I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire,” Adams explains of the record’s title. “I felt like I had been robbed of… the most valuable thing in a person’s life…Time.” Understandably, Prisoner virtually wrote itself.

Personal as it is, Prisoner delivers a polished and signature Adams sound – the folk elements blend seamlessly into heavy rock undertones, with gentle melodic toplines punching with lyrics of heartbreak and despair. Settle in.

Catch Ryan Adams when he plays his biggest Australian and New Zealand shows to date this May

‘Prisoner’ is out now

Hot tunes and news delivered weekly

Sign up to the Mushroom Newsletter

There's plenty more