This week's RTÉ Radio 1 Album of the Week is Prisoner by Ryan Adams.

What we say: Citing AC/DC and ELO as big influences, the prolific rocker's 16th album is his Blood On The Tracks, or Sea Change - a confessional record inspired by his break up (and subsequent divorce) from actress Mandy Moore. We're already looking forward to his Irish dates in September.

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What he says: 

“This record mattered more to me than any record before it and my life depended on making it. I would have died inside if I hadn’t.”

What the critics are saying:

'Mostly, it’s Adams’s eminently listenable voice and his succinct way with words that make this album work – particularly in its quieter moments.' (Irish Times)

'Where such raw subject matter might once have found Adams tumbling into self-indulgence, here he turns in a set of fine, affecting songs.' (The Guardian)

'The worst sort of anguish brings out the best in him.' (NME)

'Here he poses eternal riddles like, "What would it have been like if Bruce Springsteen had been a floppy-haired indie-guitar nerd?" and "What if Johnny Marr was a jean-jacket dude from rural Minnesota?" For an ace retro conjurer like Adams, it's the equivalent of pondering the meaning of life itself.' (Rolling Stone)

Listen to Prisoner in full below, via Spotify:

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