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2008 release from the Canadian rocker, his 11th studio album overall. The album is packed full of unmistakable rockers and signature ballads including the lead single `I Thought I'd Seen Everything', a rocky, mid-tempo track that has already gone onto radio playlists on both side of the Atlantic. 11 was recorded largely in hotel rooms and backstage dressing rooms around the world during the past two years and features the return of his long time collaborator Jim Vallance on three cuts. The Adams/Vallance partnership was responsible for many of Bryan's classic hits including `Heaven',' Summer of 69' and `Run To You.'. Universal.
Bryan Adams really likes to write about love. Falling in love, falling out of love, looking for love in all the wrong places, you name it, hes tackled the subject in song. Without question, it is a formula that works in his favor; by the time Adams released 11 -- his 11th studio disc -- he had sold 65 million records worldwide. The Canadian-born UK resident consistently writes melodies that appeal to a massive fan base. So it is with the songs on 11 there is no jarring change in style or sound, just straight-ahead rock n roll, albeit slightly mellower than his earlier works. The disc opens up with Tonight We Have The Stars, a top-down, speedometer-up, road-trip rocker which then leads into the CDs first single, I Thought Id Seen Everything, a predictable, upbeat track with a sing-along chorus. We Found What We Were Looking For kicks off with a U2-esque guitar riff appropriate for a song whose title mimics Bono and companys massive hit I Still Havent Found Im Looking For -- but the track is wrought rock in true Adams style. Additionally, there are a pair of songs whose titles might at first glance appear to be cover tunes, however Mysterious Ways is not the U2 number, but instead a slow, bluesy original, and while Walk On By is the same name as a 60s Dionne Warwick hit, it is an original track that ends the disc, one which emulates the style and sound of Im Ready -- a previous Adams hit - with its acoustic minimalism and passionate emotion. --Denise Sheppard