Ryan Adams Debuts New Album Prisoner In Australia

Ryan Adams just announced that, following a short delay, his new album Prisoner will be out 2/17 via Pax Am/Blue Note/Capitol. That’s the cover art (a self-portrait?) above and lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” will arrive tomorrow. The album is apparently named after a Jacques stompbox, and Adams performed it in full at a secret show in Sydney last night, as the AU Review reports. It was his second performance with an all-new backing band, the same band that worked with him on the just-completed Jenny Lewis album.

Adams and his band are heading to Japan later this week, and in a new interview with The Japan Times, he discusses the inspiration behind the album and his recent divorce from Mandy Moore. “I started writing this record while I was going through a very public divorce, which is a humiliating and just a fucking horrible thing to go through no matter who you are,” he says. “To be me and to go through that the way that I did was destructive on a level that I can’t explain. So a lot of extra work went into keeping my chin up and remembering what I did and what I loved about who I was.”

Tonight, Adams played his first official show with the new band at Syney’s Enmore Theatre. Watch a clip of him performing Prisoner’s lead single “Do You Still Love Me?” and “Gosh, I Love Toast” (another of his famed improvised songs) plus check out the album’s full tracklist below.

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Tracklist:
01 “Do You Still Love Me?”
02 “Prisoner”
03 “Doomsday”
04 “Haunted House”
05 “Shiver And Shake”
06 “To Be Without You”
07 “Anything I Say To You Now”
08 “Breakdown”
09 “Outbound Train”
10 “Broken Anyway”
11 “Tightrope”
12 “We Disappear”

UPDATE: Here’s the single.

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