11 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like a veteran matinee idol, Bryan Adams projects the sort of romantic masculinity that’s appealing even if the roles are familiar. The Canadian singer/songwriter perfected his mix of heartland rock and romantic pop in the ‘80s and has rarely strayed far from this formula. On 2008's 11, he tackles his new tunes with spirit and a discernable twinkle in his eye, and his rough yet mellowed voice fits comfortably with the album’s themes of love, loss and nostalgia. “Tonight We Have the Stars” (co-written with longtime collaborator Jim Vallance), “Mysterious Ways” and “She’d Got a Way” rekindle some of the heat found on Adams’ past hits. “I Ain’t Losin’ the Fight” and “Flower Grown Wild” have a loose-limbed, rootsy charm, while “Oxygen” and “I Thought I’d Seen Everything” shine with modern rock polish. Adams is at his best when he drops down to a near-whisper, as on the quietly passionate “Walk on By.” Recorded at various venues and hotel rooms, 11 benefits from some sharp instrumental touches, particularly Colin Cripps’ murmuring slide guitar and Maire Breatnach’s keening fiddle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like a veteran matinee idol, Bryan Adams projects the sort of romantic masculinity that’s appealing even if the roles are familiar. The Canadian singer/songwriter perfected his mix of heartland rock and romantic pop in the ‘80s and has rarely strayed far from this formula. On 2008's 11, he tackles his new tunes with spirit and a discernable twinkle in his eye, and his rough yet mellowed voice fits comfortably with the album’s themes of love, loss and nostalgia. “Tonight We Have the Stars” (co-written with longtime collaborator Jim Vallance), “Mysterious Ways” and “She’d Got a Way” rekindle some of the heat found on Adams’ past hits. “I Ain’t Losin’ the Fight” and “Flower Grown Wild” have a loose-limbed, rootsy charm, while “Oxygen” and “I Thought I’d Seen Everything” shine with modern rock polish. Adams is at his best when he drops down to a near-whisper, as on the quietly passionate “Walk on By.” Recorded at various venues and hotel rooms, 11 benefits from some sharp instrumental touches, particularly Colin Cripps’ murmuring slide guitar and Maire Breatnach’s keening fiddle.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

123 Ratings

123 Ratings

New Bryan Adams...not bad

ShelbyLegend,

It's nice to hear from Bryan Adams again...his distinct voice leads passionate new songs that are well constructed. Classic Adams thats a little sentimental but overly not a bad mix.

GOOD SONG WRITING REMAINS

RCKNRUNER,

Bryan has always been one of my favorite solo artists. The new album "11" was recorded in hotel rooms like the last album Bryan did, but is still good even though I wish Bryan's next album could be more guitar-driven and rockin' like Reckless or Into the Fire, which were two of my favorites from him. He has proved that he has withstood the test of time as a performer and songwriter, and when he performs in concert he puts everything he has into it. A class act for sure. My favorite track off this album is "I Ain't Losin the Fight"

Good album, worth picking up.

eaglebelf,

I'm a Bryan Adams fan. I love his older and newer stuff when it's well written. I love his "On A Day Like Today" album (if you don't have "On A Day Like Today" go buy it before you buy this album. It is incredible.) and his "So Far So Good" and "MTV Unplugged" are must have's in my opinion just to give you an idea of where I'm coming from. This is a solid album. I felt "Room Service" was just good but only has a few great songs on it like, "Nowhere Fast," "I Was Only Dreamin," and "This Side of Paradise." This album is about the same. You'll have a few you'll skip after listening to them. This isn't his best outing but it's pretty good. The guitar work is stellar as always. It's definitely worth having as a whole but if you only have a couple bucks then pick up, "Tonight We Have the Stars," "She's Got A Way," "I Thought I'd Seen Everything." "I Ain't Losin' The Fight," and "We Found What We Were Looking For," in that order. These are the best. The rest of the album is good just not great. "Oxygen" has some good moments. "Broken Wings" has some as well it's just a tad cheesy. "Somethin' to Believe In" has a little too much choir for me. Bottom line is this album is a solid four stars. If you are a Bryan Adams fan then pick it up. If you just like his best stuff then pick up those few.

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