NEW MUSIC EAR'S FAVOURITES - BRYAN ADAMS "RECKLESS"

THESE ALBUM REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)

BRYAN ADAMS


"RECKLESS"


I was a big fan of Bryan Adams in the 80s, well until "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", having listened to it constantly for weeks and weeks on the radio, it lessened my following of his music for a few years.  Ironically, with one song steering me away from his music, one song also got me listening, that was "Run To You" from this very album.  On hearing this, which was the only single to reach the Top 20 from the album, peaking at number 11, I was hooked.  I bought this album on cassette (yes kids a cassette!) and played it to death, prompting me to buy his previous 3 albums which I also loved.  Like most artists still going today, the 80s was their "time" and in Bryan's case also, although some newer fans may disagree with me!

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 "Someboady" 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 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!


"One Night Love Affair" is a mid tempo ballad/rocker which has undertones that remind me of some later Gothic Rock such as The Mission.  A great opening track!

"She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'" reminds me of The Cars at their peak and a little Rolling Stones, great Rock 'N Roll track.

"Kids Wanna Rock" is one of my favourite Bryan Adams tracks, I am surprised this wasn't released as a single over here, at the time ZZ Top were hitting the big trail, and this wouldn't be out of place on Eliminator, their big album at the time.  Blues Rock at its best, big solos and sing-a-long anthemic chorus.

"Long Gone" is another bluesy number, a little slower than "Kids Wanna Rock", it breezes along and is a foot tapper, a little like Gary Moore in its composition.  Very nice!

"Ain't Gonna Cry", the final track of the album,  is a real manic Punk Rock song, there must have been a Ramones or Sex Pistols influence here.  A fine end to a fine album.


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