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11 [Audio CD by Bryan Adams]
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Track Listings: 1. Tonight We Have The Stars 2. I Thought I'd Seen Everything 3. I Ain't Losin' The Fight 4. Oxygen 5. We Found What We Were Looking For 6. Broken Wings 7. Something To Believe In 8. Mysterious Ways 9. She's Got A Way 10. Flower Grown Wild 11. Walk On By
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2."I Thought I'D Seen Everything" - In this hit Bryan Adams shows why he is regarded by many as king of ballads, my favourite song from this CD, hence the title of my review (composed by Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy & Mutt Lange, rated 5 stars).
3."I Ain't Losin' The Fight" - great song (composed by BA, EK & ML, rated 4 stars).
4."Oxygen" - great song (composed by BA, EL & ML", rated 3 stars).
5."We Found What We Were Looking For" - ordinary song (composed by BA, ML & Trevor Rabin, rated 2 stars).
6."Broken Wings" - great song (composed by BA & EK, rated 4 stars).
7."Somethin' To Believe In" - ok song (composed by BA & EK, rated 3 stars).
8."Mysterious Ways" - ok song (composed by BA & P, rated 3 stars).
9."She's Got A Way" - great song & lyrics "I feel so naked - I feel so totally exposed; It's such a mystery, how she seems to know, every part of me; I feel so shaken - and it's like everybody knows whenever she touches me, no one else can feel, as much as me; Ya she's got away" (composed by BA & EK, rated 5 stars).
10."Flower Grown Wild" - ok song (composed by BA, JV & P, rated 3 stars).
11."Walk On By" - a wonderful laid back closing track (composed by BA & JV, rated 5 stars).
Overall rating comes to a well deserved 4 stars, a highly recommended listening by this great Canadian singer - songwriter/rocker/balladeer Bryan Adams.
I was not an Adams fan until Waking Up The Neighbours came out. It was the Robin Hood song that hooked me, I'll admit, but also the videos at that time. I was fourteen, okay? Waking Up the Neighbours, arguably his greatest single release of his career, launched him into the stratosphere of Rock legend.
I've seen it written here that Adams has never taken a risk in his career, and that is a baldly false statement on its face. I submit that he did take a career risk and got burned for it. Adams toured the ENTIRE WORLD for four straight years with his already extensive catalog, not to mention his Guinness record-breaking Everything I Do. Adams' staple has always been his live performances, and so with his extensive touring, he continued to establish himself as one of the best live acts around.
Somewhere around 1995, A&M records threw a temper tantrum and started cleaning house. One of the greatest travesties in the history of the Music Industry was the idea that the contract for one of the best-selling rock musicians of all time should be moved to Hip-Hop label Interscope, directly on the heels of his multiple-platinum record-breaking release.
It is perhaps poor timing on Adam's part that 18 Til I Die was an experiment in grungy rock star behavior. With catchy tunes like the title single, It Ain't a Party (If you can't come round), and the Don Juan DiMarco tune Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman, the album also featured departures from Adams' typical shtick. The song Star quietly appeared in the Robin Williams vehicle Jack, containing an atypical profanity. I Wanna Be (Your Underwear) was an experiment in writing a love song with tongue planted firmly in cheek, and We're Gonna Win was a rare sports-themed anthem.
The liner art identified with the Spanish/Caribbean-themed Don Juan DiMarco film, also reflecting the culture local to Adams' equatorial Villa hideaway where he recorded the project. It also contained some ultimately pretentious photos of Adams, and he admitted in an interview that the entire album was intended as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the pretention and angst of the rock star shtick of the mid-nineties.
Adams DID take a risk, and with the travesty done to him by A&M, his career and exposure was set back to a great degree. On a Day Like Today was a Euro-pop inspired turn back from the previous venture. Also very different from his former output, more internally focused and a little more relaxed. Room Service was yet another experiment, recorded entirely in his hotel rooms, as well as this new album, 11.
Admittedly, Adams was never a deep lyricist, having rarely opined on political or social things ala Springsteen and Mellencamp, but he's always made a name on having fun. These songs are written to be performed live, and they've never been intended to be some sort of high-minded artistic expression of deeply-held sentiment and thought-provoking treatises on the state of affairs in our world. Who needs that crap?! I want my music to be fun to listen to, and as a musician, fun to play and sing.
Why do people complain that there are tracks reminiscent of other eighties hits, like Mysterious Ways, We Found What We Were Looking For, Broken Wings and She's Got a Way? Is there some statute of limitations for song titles that Adams has violated here? Can songs stand on their own? They do.
These tunes are more melodic that they were on On a Day Like Today. The lyrics aren't Shakespeare, but they are perhaps more heartfelt than they have ever seemed in the past. Adams and his crew have taken greater care in ensuring the instrumentation gives the best sound possible, and even the chord progressions themselves seem more tasteful than they have in a long time.
I have waited seventeen years for Adams to return to the Hard-Rocking, almost Def Leppard-like sound of Neighbours, and he's still not quite there. Perhaps when he returns to the studio again we will see something more aggressive.
But it's been over twenty years since Reckless. Adams is a mature adult now, not a young rock star. Despite his age, he still sounds the same, looks the same, and rocks just as hard live as he ever did, unlike certain other aging rock stars from his era. Forgive him if he's mellowed out a bit. I'd rather see that then an attempt to revive something that just isn't there, hello Rolling Stones?
My top 5 favorite pieces from the 11 tracks include:
Track 9. "She's Got A Way."
-- Probably the catchiest tune -- you'll be singing it hours later. Reminds me of the vibrant nature that 18 'til I Die captured.
Track 4. "Oxygen."
-- Great lyrics and a riff that carries you up high!
Track 5. "We Found What We Looking for."
Track 7. "Somethin' to Believe In."
-- Both 5 & 7 are melodic ballads with a great rhythm and passionate bass.
Track 8. "Mysterious Ways."
-- Reminiscent of Elton Johns Rocket Man -- Bryan Adams brings a very mellow ballad into play and leaves the listener intoxicated.
Has a familiar feel to On a Day Like Today and Into the Fire. In my opinion both albums were widely over looked... as I think some may do here too. Don't if you've enjoyed the BA catalog then this one won't disappoint. I will say the album came in at around 47 minutes... not short but I usually expect 50-60 minutes these days.
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