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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Bryan Adams / Audio CD released 2008-03-17 at Polydor Group

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      13.08.2009 15:38
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      If you like Bryan Adams its another good offering, if not, buy this album and discover his music!

      Before I start let me say that I am a massive Bryan Adams fan, and so my opinion may be a little biased, but I found this album to be really, really good. Easy listening is a phrase that springs immediately to mind when I think of it. Its music that you listen too, and it just doesn't upset anyone. His voice is bewitching, and he sings his amazing lyrics with such heartfelt meaning and passion. Do I think this is his best album, no I dont, but it is a long way from his first. There are no tracks on it that I do not like, and when you consider that this is his 11th offering over 25 years I think its amazing that his music is so fresh. Its a real feel good album, and one that I could listen to over and over again with some real good singalong songs. For me the stand out songs are Oxygen (a really good, up tempo song), I Ain't losin' the fight, and Flower Grown Wild (More ballady, but with really good lyrics, and really showcase his voice). Like I said though, every track is good, and I really couldn't single one out as one that I would skip when it came on. How many other artistes can you say that about after 11 albums?

      Track Listing

      1. Tonight We Have The Stars
      2. I Thought I'd Seen Everything
      3. I Ain't Losin' The Fight
      4. Oxygen
      5. We Found What We Were Looking For
      6. Broken Wings
      7. Somethin' To Believe In
      8. Mysterious Ways
      9. She's Got A Way
      10. Flower Grown Wild
      11. Walk On By
      12. Way Of The World

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        13.08.2008 01:27
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        An ok album from Bryan Adams but to be honest I felt a bit let down,not really a memorable album

        I am a big fan of Bryan Adams,always have been and always will be,but to be honest this album just didnt do it for me,I mean it was Bryan Adams but in my opinion it is not the best album he has released.

        For me it is one of those inbetweeny albums. I dont really love it but i do enjoy listening to every so often -its his voice!

        This album was released in 2008, and contains 12 tracks, off these 12 my favourite songs are shes got a way and oxygen. I think that alot of the tracks on the album are not ones you will instantly like but are more that will grown on you after you have heard the a couple of times.

        Each song is not really that differnt though and kind of offers a typical sounding Bryan Adamas song which is where this album is a bit of a letdown for me,it feels like he has just stuck to his old style and sound and hasnt really experimented or tried anything new.

        The 12 song tracklisting for the album I have is as follows:


        1. Tonight we have the stars - 4.05 mins
        2. I thought Id seen everything - 5.06 mins
        3. I aint losin the fight - 3.56 mins
        4. Oxygen - 3.35 mins
        5. We found what we were looking for - 3.38 mins
        6. Broken Wings - 3.37 mins
        7. Somethin to believe in - 4.01 mins
        8. Mysterious ways - 4.28 mins
        9. Shes got a way - 4.41 mins
        10. Flower grown wild - 3.53 mins
        11. Walk on by - 2.53 mins
        12. Way of the world 3.18 mins

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          09.08.2008 12:56
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          Bryan Adams has been a massive influence in my music tastes and I usually always buy his latest albums as soon as I can.

          11 is his latest offering and although I have found it to be an enjoyable album I certainly have songs that I favour over others on this album. As Adams voice is so distinctive he often seems to sound the same and therefore this follows through in to his songs. This happened on a fair few of the new tracks on this album, and while I still find them enjoyable to listen to, I have found it harder to take them on board as separate and new songs.

          There are a few that are special though and really stand out from the rest, like She's Got a Way where the lyrics are new for me, and he describes how this girl has totally stripped away his exterior, leaving him "naked". It's really passionate and a great song.

          Oxygen is another song that I didn't really like when I first heard the album but it has grown on me and the way he sings the title lyric is different for him and it makes a nice change. I do however feel that this song and Flower Grown Wild are the odd ones out on this album. That isn't to say that they are not good songs, quite the opposite, but they just feel out of place on this album.

          Whatever I end up thinking of this album, I will still play every track because Bryan Adams has that voice for me, that always makes me sing along and cheers me up, immediately putting me in a good energetic mood. His music and enthusiasm shine through for me and I love his sound and the musicians talent in his band.

          Track listings:

          1. Tonight We Have The Stars
          2. I Thought I'd Seen Everything
          3. I Ain't Losin' The Fight
          4. Oxygen
          5. We Found What We Were Looking For
          6. Broken Wings
          7. Somethin' To Believe In
          8. Mysterious Ways
          9. She's Got A Way
          10. Flower Grown Wild
          11. Walk On By
          12. Way Of The World

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            07.03.2008 10:51
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            Whilst Bryan Adams has before done better than this, he certainly doesn't disappoint with album '11'

            Would you believe it, Bryan Adams has only gone and recorded his eleventh studio album! What to call it though, he's already had such top titles as 'Waking Up The Neighbours' and 'Cuts Like A Knife'. Seen as it's the eleventh of his career and all, how about simply titling it '11'? Ingenious. '11' fittingly contains eleven tracks, plus one as a bonus. According to the information I have to hand it was recorded largely in hotel rooms and backstage dressing rooms all around the world. To mark the occasion of this release Mr Bryan Adams shall be playing (wait for it) eleven shows around the world in a total of eleven different countries over the course of eleven days. The tour is aptly titled the '11 Dates, 11 Cities' tour, starting in Lisbon and ending in Copenhagen throughout the month of March 2008.

            I can't say that Bryan Adams has ever been one of my favourite artists, but I certainly have a strong love of his 'Summer of 69', many a time I have cranked up the volume and blasted out his raucous rock ballad. Sadly there is no 'Summer of 69' here, but what we are treated to is 47 minutes of Bryan Adams as he charms his way through the twelve tracks of the '11' album. His mid-tempo rock music is perfect for long journeys on the road, it's always good to pump up the volume for Bryan Adams and unlock that air guitar of yours.

            Sadly this is not the strongest of albums from Bryan Adams, but a decent one nonetheless and one that is complete with a number of impressive tracks. 'Broken Wings' for example is greatly uplifting, right from its opening guitar riff you know that this is going to be so and with this one Bryan Adams progresses softly but effectively through the track. The vocals come across well and the lyrics are sweetly spoken, it's a typically moving Bryan Adams track and is one that could easily be picked to be a single.

            In the track 'Somethin' To Believe In', Bryan Adams shows great signs of personal weakness within his lyrical content. His statement of 'I got nothin' - goin' nowhere, tired of under achieving' does not sound like words that should be spoken by a man who has sold over 50 million records worldwide over the course of his career. If he believes this to be under achieving then goodness knows what he'd consider to be over achieving. The track has a chorus that you can easily imagine filling Wembley. It is understated rock gold, a track would not look at all out of place alongside the likes of his hit singles '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You', 'Heaven', and of course 'Summer of 69'.

            There is no denying that Bryan Adams is an excellent songwriter, the Canadian has for many a year been churning out top quality records, and with '11' he has produced another that is absolutely jam packed with successful sounds. 'I Thought I'd Seen Everything' is another from this release that is definitely up there amongst the best that the man has ever written. Bryan Adams has so much to offer on this track and never does he disappoint as he sings and soars his way through this one. It has an absolutely fantastic chorus and the guitars are never anything short of sensational, after thirty years of doing what he does it is no surprise that Bryan Adams is a master of his art.

            Ending with 'The Way of The World' as the albums bonus track, Bryan Adams goes out on a high here with an immensely powerful and pressing track. The way in which the track progresses reminds me more of an Oasis release than a typical Bryan Adams number. It provides the perfect closure for the album, and whilst I listen to the track I can just imagine a sold out arena audience singing along at the tops of their voices to this one as it is played as an encore. It's a real crowd pleaser, Bryan Adams belts out the vocals for one final blast of musical excellence. He certainly saved the best till last here, much of the track sounds very Oasis and yet there is also the odd element of Chris Cornell thrown in also. Ultimately it's a Bryan Adams song, and yet all the best elements of various artists and bands seem to be chucked in to the mix as well. Bryan Adams may not be one of my favourite artists in the world, but if every track he ever recorded was as good as this one then he certainly would be.

            This may be Bryan Adams eleventh studio album but he certainly doesn't seem short of an idea or two. He's not yet exhausted his song writing potential and still he has plenty to offer with his heartfelt rock ballads. The man is now 48 and absolute expert at what he does, he's been writing music for over three decades now and is certainly no stranger to the world of music. Bryan Adams seems to know exactly what to do in order to produce the best sound possible and throughout the entirety of this release he continues to impress and enthral with his fantastic sound. He has a very distinctive voice, right from the very first moment the vocals kick in you can tell a Bryan Adams record from a mile off and in my opinion this is in no way a bad thing whatsoever. Twelve tracks here show that Bryan Adams has still got plenty of ideas and is forever progressing forward with his music, effortlessly he marches his way through this album and struts his stuff in an album that never fails to impress.


            Label: Polydor Records
            Release Date: 17th March 2008

            Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
            Source: http://www.alt-uk.com/modules.php?name=Reviews

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 Tonight We Have The Stars
            2 I Thought I'd Seen Everything
            3 I Ain't Losin' The Fight
            4 Oxygen
            5 We Found What We Were Looking For
            6 Broken Wings
            7 Somethin' To Believe In
            8 Mysterious Ways
            9 She's Got A Way
            10 Flower Grown Wild
            11 Walk On By
            12 Way Of The World