This album was my introduction to the music of Canadian rocker Bryan Adams. I purchased it following the huge success of Everything I Do. Initially I was disappointed, for I had wanted more of the same - that is, I expected to find a CD full of ballads. There were indeed a few (such as the emotional Do I Have to Say the Words, the uplifting Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven and the reflective Vanishing) but on the whole, this album (already Adams' sixth, I was surprised to find out later) couldn't have been more different from what I was expecting.
Happily, the surprise turned out to be a pleasant one. Only a couple of plays later, I was humming (and even dancing!) along to the fast, loud and furious rhythms of such tracks as Not Guilty, House Arrest and Can't Stop this Thing we Started. There is not one filler on this CD - Adams has achieved the rare feat of releasing a meaty album, with every track a potential single.
On the strength of this album, I bought Adams' entire back catalogue and have collected future releases ever since. For me though, Waking Up the Neighbours remains to be his best effort and one that is never far away from my music player. I don't know about my neighbours, but it certainly woke me up!