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Another Money Spinner,
This review is from: 11 (Audio CD)
This review was originally wrote for the album in April and time hasn't changed what i think about it. The re-release with a DVD just adds fuel to my fire that this is just a ploy to create more money as die-hard Bryan Adams fans (such as myself) who bought the album in March will buy it again just to get their hands on the bonus DVD.
This seems to be a regular occurance as when '18 Til I Die' was released in 1996 there was a re-released version with one track dropped for a song he recorded with Barbara Streisand, the only other difference was the colour of the picture on the front, it went from orange to purple... well worth paying another thirteen quid for (!).
The same happened in 1998 with 'On A Day Like Today' a re-release followed the original album with one extra track, the ghastly dance mix of 'Cloud Number Nine'... no colour change this time tho, and still not worth shelling out an extra £13 for a pop acts tweak of a rock stars song.
"Everything happens for a reason" is a well known phrase, and after hearing the offerings on this album I am struggling to find out what Mr Adams' reasons are for inflicting this on us after releasing such gems as Waking Up The Neighbours and 18 Til I Die.
Perhaps he is sick and tired of writing decent rock `n' roll albums (Reckless, Into The Fire) as he had a disastrous attempt at dance music (Don't Give Up, Cloud Number Nine). The latter which it is claimed is very popular at his live shows. This reviewer tries to attend every tour and it has to be said that when Adams churns this one out the surrounding people in the audience just groan!
Perhaps he hasn't quite remembered how to play a guitar after dropping two members of his band at the end of the 90's (keyboardist Tommy Mandell and bassist Dave Taylor) and taking up the role of bass player. This was rectified a couple of years ago with Gary Breit and Norm Fisher employed to fill the gap in the musical harmony with Adams' reprising the role of guitarist- happy days are here again!
Perhaps music has taken the back seat to his camera flash, as every other month some random model is splattered in a glossy with the "photo by Bryan Adams" label pasted below it.
Perhaps he is more interested in generating money than a half decent album as every six years there appears to be another `Best Of' on the shelves of every record store- So Far So Good (1993), The Best Of Me (1999), Anthology (2005). Interestingly Anthology features every song on So Far So Good bar two, and every song on The Best Of Me bar one. Chances are 2011 will bring yet another `Best Of' but insultingly feature some tracks off this farce incorporated into the tracks off Anthology...bar none!
Perhaps it's the writing atmosphere, as Bryan Adams has recently taken to being holed up in hotels to create his sounds. Room Service his 2004 offering was recorded in various locations throughout his worldwide tour but like 11 fell well short of the mark and he knew it as he never played one song from that album when I witnessed him rockin`-an`-a-rollin' at St James' Park, Newcastle 2006.
However 11 opens with a half decent Tonight We Have The Stars which nicely climbs with that raw edge you would expect from the average Bryan Adams song. Then its time for the albums promotional song I Thought I'd Seen Everything which after hearing repeatedly on the radio for weeks, kinda grows on you (if you can block out the cliché filled verses). Oxygen starts off very promising with an alt country sound, banging drum and wailing guitar -the lyrics aren't the greatest- but just when you expect another verse the below par chorus kicks in and you're just left wondering "why did Bryan even bother?". At that point it just falls away to songs which can't even pass as b-sides for a single. Walk On By could have been a strong contender to redeem the album but at just under 3 minutes and with another reference to a `greyhound' (the PREVIOUS song mentions one too- Adams must have a thing for them) the cd is hastily ejected and confined to the shelf to gather dust gracefully.
I happened to be lucky enough to be at one of Bryan's `11 shows in 11 days' tour when he played in London at the beginning of March 2008 which was supposed to be promoting the 11 album, and out of the thirteen songs he played only FIVE were off the 11 album. Perhaps Bryan Adams also realised that this album is by far not his greatest offering to his loyal and vast fan base. In all honesty Bryan `the groover from Vancouver' Adams hasn't had an album worth bragging about since 18 Til I Die, so in my opinion (and that's all I have folks) you should browse the back catalogue of gems from 1980-1996 and indulge in pure Adams heaven- no pun intended!
....if you already have bought 11 then treat the dog to a new Frisbee, and if he loses that you can throw the first release of this album for him!
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2013 15:00:20 GMT
Mr. Bluesman says:
thank you for your review. i like such reviews where more things are said about the artist rather than just this album is good this song is bad which varies on individual listeners. thank you. and keep writing.
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