"Nine Tonight" is a mixture of R&B, rock n' roll and, well, pop, with some really catchy shout-along songs and a few good guitar and saxophone solos as well. Bob Seger was still at his peak when this album was recorded, and while some of the songs may be slight, the overall quality of this material is very high and it barely dips at all along the way.
"Nine Tonight" mixes a few hard rock tunes ("Nine Tonight", "Feel Like A Number", "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight), three or four ballads ("Against The Wind", "We've Got Tonight", "Mainstreet"), and a good handful of mid-tempo rockers. Highlights include a great rendition of the funky "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You", the simple but melodic "You'll Accomp'ny Me", and the raunchy "The Fire Down Below", and while "Nine Tonight" may not be the most original rock album ever, it is a real good-time record, filled with good tunes, good singing, good playing and good arrangements.
The sound is very good, too, and "Nine Tonight" has a nice concert "feel" to it.
If you like Bob Seger, you'll like "Nine Tonight". And if you don't know too much about him, this is a good place to start - better than "Greatest Hits", since most of the songs have more nerve and power in this live setting.
To me, this is the best and most consistent album Seger has ever made. And yes, I have "Live Bullet" as well.
Very highly recommended!