The ever-busy Ryan Adams is preparing to release a new album, Prisoner, this Friday — but NPR went ahead and streamed the record a few days early.
“Welcome to my haunted house/I live here alone, ain’t no one else,” he sings in the opening seconds of “Haunted House,” and it’s a sentiment that is revisited throughout the record. After all, Adams’ marriage with actress/singer Mandy Moore came to an end last year, and Prisoner is more or less a musical reflections of what he’s been dealing with lately.
The fact that it’s premiering early on Valentine’s Day is probably no coincidence, by the way. He clarified a bit about its meaning on Twitter:
It's actually about hope
About loving a world that is broken enough
To be a shadow
To know the real colors of love
For once https://t.co/qIgayu4X5z
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) February 14, 2017
Adams has proven himself a tireless songwriter, having just released a solid self-titled record in 2014 (and a Taylor Swift covers album, too) — but he really has a lot to say, and Prisoner is a fine addition to his expansive catalog.
Stream it below, courtesy of NPR: