Prisoner (Ryan Adams album)

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Prisoner
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Studio album by Ryan Adams
Released February 17, 2017
Recorded 2016
Genre
Length 42:52[1]
Label PAX AM/Blue Note
Producer Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams chronology
1989
(2015)19892015
Prisoner
(2017)
Singles from Prisoner
  1. "Do You Still Love Me?"
    Released: December 7, 2016
  2. "To Be Without You"
    Released: December 23, 2016
  3. "Doomsday"
    Released: January 19, 2017

Prisoner is the 16th studio album by American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. It was released on February 17, 2017. The album is Adams' first album of original material since his 2014 album, Ryan Adams, and was preceded by the singles "Do You Still Love Me?", "To Be Without You", and "Doomsday".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Consequence of SoundA[5]
Mojo3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[7]
Uncut4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork(6.2/10) [9]

Prisoner received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 79 based on 30 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[3]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album four out of five stars, calls it "charming", and states, "it's not a record that wallows in hurt, it's an album that functions as balm for bad times."[4] Writing for Slant Magazine, Jeremy Winograd rated the album four of five stars and states Prisoner is "one of Adams's most sonically artful albums to date."[7]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Rank List
Billboard N/A 27 Best Albums of 2017 So Far[10]
Consequence of Sound 1 25 Best Albums of 2017 So Far[11]
NME N/A 20 Best Albums of 2017 So Far[12]
Paste 13 20 Best Albums of 2017 So Far[13]
Uproxx 10 50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

Prisoner debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 with 45,000 album-equivalent units, of which 42,000 were pure album sales.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ryan Adams, except where noted. All tracks produced by Adams.

Prisoner[4]
No.TitleLength
1."Do You Still Love Me?" (writers: Ryan Adams and Daniel Clarke)4:00
2."Prisoner" (writers: Adams and Mike Viola)3:12
3."Doomsday"3:02
4."Haunted House"2:42
5."Shiver and Shake"3:05
6."To Be Without You"3:22
7."Anything I Say to You Now"4:51
8."Breakdown"4:01
9."Outbound Train"4:21
10."Broken Anyway"2:57
11."Tightrope"3:57
12."We Disappear"3:30
Total length:42:52
Prisoner (B-Sides)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Will You Run?"2:33
2."Juli"3:53
3."Are You Home?"3:57
4."No Words"2:54
5."Halo"3:00
6."It Will Never Be The Same"4:03
7."What If We're Wrong"3:10
8."Broken Things"3:38
9."Stop You"3:26
10."Hanging On to Hope"2:35
11."Let It Burn"3:14
12."Crazy Now"3:35
13."You Said"3:45
14."Please Help Me"3:45
15."Too Tired to Cry"6:53
16."Stop Talking"3:38
17."The Empty Bed"3:53
18."The Cold ('End of the World Edition' Bonus Track)"2:58
19."Lookout ('End of the World Edition' Bonus Track)"2:51
Total length:67:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 163
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 9
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 37
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 33
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 16
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[27] 49
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[28] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[29] 7
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 33
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 3
US Billboard 200[35] 8

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States February 17, 2017
PAX AM/Blue Note [1]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prisoner – Ryan Adams". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  5. ^ Melis, Matt (February 16, 2017). "Ryan Adams – Prisoner". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Review: Prisoner by Ryan Adams". Mojo. London: 94. March 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Winograd, Jeremy (January 14, 2017). "Ryan Adams: Prisoner Album Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Review: Prisoner by Ryan Adams". Uncut. London: 23. March 2017. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian (February 15, 2017). "Ryan Adams: Prisoner". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ Billboard Staff (March 31, 2017). "27 Best Albums of 2017 So Far". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ CoS Staff (June 12, 2017). "25 Best Albums of 2017 So Far". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ Thomas Smith (April 13, 2017). "20 Best Albums of 2017 So Far". NME. Retrieved June 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ Paste Staff (May 3, 2017). "20 Best Albums of 2017 So Far". Paste. Retrieved June 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ Uproxx Staff (June 5, 2017). "50 Best Albums of 2017 So Far". Uproxx. Retrieved June 10, 2017. 
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  29. ^ "VG-lista – Ryan Adams". VG-lista. Retrieved February 25, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2017.
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