Let’s get this out of the way: Ryan Adams’ new album, “Prisoner” (Pax Am/Blue Note), is not the second coming of “Heartbreaker” and it’s not a tell-all about his divorce from Mandy Moore, which was finalized last year.

After all, Adams is 42 now, not the 26-year-old behind “Heartbreaker.” And “Prisoner” does sound like the aftermath of some sort of sadness, but the causes are less clear, even though Adams’ inspirations are often more straightforward.

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The single “Do You Still Love Me?” sounds like late-’70s album rock filtered through Oasis. The rugged and charming “Outbound Train” starts like a “Nebraska”-era Springsteen track before veering into Paul Westerberg cool for the verses, while “Haunted House” could fit on a more recent Springsteen album.

Of course, there are also songs that undeniably sound like Adams, especially the plaintive, harmonica-driven rock of “Doomsday,” the wistful “We Disappear” and “Shiver and Shake,” which harks back to the pop-folk sound he honed to cover Taylor Swift’s “1989” album last year.

“Prisoner” does make Adams sound held back at times, but by the end he also sounds set free.