Heartache has fueled some of the most compelling albums in popular music from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac to Richard & Linda Thompson, Bon Iver to Adele. Now enter Ryan Adams’ Prisoner, an album where every word, note, and song seem to deal with the break up of his marriage to singer/actress Mandy Moore. The album highlights the emotions we’ve all gone through when our hearts have been used like an ashtray: wondering what went wrong, trying to salvage what’s left. Pain, confusion, and eventually defeat. On Prisoner, Ryan continues to put his own stamp on influences that range from Paul Westerberg, Morrissey, and Springsteen which is fine. If there is a knock on the record, it’s that music sounds a little too familiar and after getting through 3/4s of the CD, one wished he’d get over it and kick out the jams…but those are small petty observations on an album that is truly solid and reminds one that a broken heart doesn’t just happen to mere mortals.