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A release for 40-something mums,
This review is from: 11 (Audio CD)
After the energetic and enjoyable Room Service, this latest offering from Bryan Adams is very disappointing.
Although this isn't a bad album, there is very little on here to excite you. Each song barely gets out of second gear and some remain firmly in first. In short, this is a CD for 40-something mums who've come back from the school run and want to listen to something unobtrusive while they have their morning coffee.
This is all a far cry from his Reckless (1985) days, when Adams could rock out as well as sing a soulful ballad. Heaven, Summer of '69 and Run To You, are just some of the tracks from that album that you're likely to hear on prime time radio today. 11 will have a very short life and apart from specialists radio stations, it's likely not be heard again.
Having said that, Mysterious Ways is a good song and probably the only one that may have some longevity to it, but overall the album just lacks a spark of engery. These are all mid-tempo songs, mellow and dreamy. If you liked the On A Day Like Today album -which was far superior to this, but a bit too long - you'll enjoy this, if you didn't then avoid it.
As a live performer, Adams is worth every penny, but this studio release is a step back from the brilliant Room Service. It would seem that Mr Adams has forgotten that good rock songs were as much a reason for his global succcess as his often classy ballads. Hopefully, Bryan will return to form with his next album. In the meantime, don't miss a chance to see the man live.