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

4.5 out of 5

123 Ratings

United States Meet Bryan Adams...Again

Darrinsgoodman,

Released everywhere around the world but the U.S. since March - Bryan Adams returns with his 11th studio album simply titled "11". The follow-up to 2004's "Room Service", Bryan has disappeared a bit from the U.S. charts but continues going strong everywhere else. Lead single "I Thought I'd Seen Everything" deserves to be on the radio and hopefully it will be. Other standout singles here include "Tonight We Have The Stars", "We Found What We Were Looking For", and "Walk On By." This album is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. similiar to the last Eagles studio album. Here's hoping that will help create more awareness around this release by being right in the middle of the heartland source lol. Thank goodness Itunes is carrying this album here too. If you like Bryan Adams - you will love this album and everything else he does.

Gotta Love this guy

shawnch,

I remember listening to bryan adams first cd so many years ago, and the guys still got it. Catchy songs, great hooks, fantastic voice that hasn't aged a day. I love it! This is great pop/rock'n'roll.

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