NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BRYAN ADAMS "RECKLESS"
Now onto the album, spawning 5 singles, the first being my "hooked song", "Run To You", it was Rock I hadn't heard before, having been brought up listening to Thin Lizzy, Rush (thanks to my brother) and Bon Jovi and the like. The almost Country twang guitars, searing solos and gruff throaty vocals and anthemic chorus was a piece of class. The video helped featuring the gorgeous Lysette Anthony! "Somebody" was a kind of Fleetwood Mac, Heart, REO Speedwagon mash up with a chanted chorus and typical of the Pop Rock of the 80s. "Heaven" was actually similar, hearing it back, to "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" but a little more bearable! I always had the opinion that Bon Jovi did the best ballads and Bryan did the best rockers. Its just my thought both were suited better to these type of songs. With "Somebody" and "Heaven" only reaching 31 and 38 respectively "Summer Of '69" amazingly only reached 41, probably the best known track by non-fans. Really love this track, a proper air guitar sing-a-long, pure Pop Rock at its best, similar to Bon Jovi and Def Leppard in the 80s Rock stakes. Again a class record. The last single off the album, "It's Only Love" reached a creditable 29 on the UK chart, by no means being degrading to Bryan but it featured the unmistakable vocals of one Miss Tina Turner no less! Its a great song, pure Rock N' Roll and both stars make it a rare gem of a collaboration, it worked just perfect!