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Could do better
on 8 October 2004
I am a huge Bryan Adams fan, yet I was apprehensive about this release after some of the recent material he has produced. It is not as bad as I feared it would be, but this album will not be winning many new fans.
The sound is certainly more complete, with two new members in the band; the three piece formation of the On A Day Like Today album certainly lacked the ability to truly rock with Bryan on bass. But, there is still something missing. The album feels wrong somehow - there are many references to life on the road and living out of suitcases etc.. and you begin to wonder - has he had enough? (I hope not!?). It is lacking in drive on the songs, there are not as many rock out songs as say there was on 18 Til I Die or Waking Up the Neighbours.
The surprise is the song "Flying" which is a collaboration with Mutt Lange, which is probably one of the worst songs he has done, it sounds like Rod Stewart's "Sailing", it's almost like you could just substitute the words.
There are some good songs on here - but not enough to hold the album out to be really great - stand out songs to me are "Open Road", "Not Romeo Not Juliet" and "East Side Story". It improves with further plays.
If you like standard Bryan Adams songs that aren't as rock then this is what you get, but it might leave some fans wanting a bit more from him. This is the first album in a few years that I am very unlikely to bother to go and see in concert, despite the usually brilliant live performance he would give.
I remain a fan, whilst slightly disappointed, I hope for a more upbeat release next time.