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18 Til I Die

Bryan Adams Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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1. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You
2. Do To You
3. Let's Make A Night To Remember
4. 18 Till I Die
5. Star
6. (I Wanna Be) Your Underwear
7. We're Gonna Win
8. I Think About You
9. I'll Always Be Right There
10. It Ain't A Party...If You Can't Come 'Round
11. Black Pearl
12. You're Still Beautiful To Me
13. Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?

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Bryan Adams is a Bruce Springsteen for blue collar workers. Perennially in love with rock & roll, on this mid-90s album he struts his stuff with an unselfconscious, schoolboy swagger. "I'll be 18 'til I die", the Canadian boasts on the title track--and this determination is soon made apparent on unsubtle tracks like "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You", the appallingly-titled "Your Underwear (I Wanna Be)" and "Black Pearl" (a paean to black women, crooned about in lazy stereotypes). The 12-bar boogie rules on this album--that is, when Adams isn't falling back on his Unique Selling Point, The Ballad, as on the epic "I Think About You". Still, many hipsters enjoy Adams more than they'd care to admit, and 18 Til I Die is such snotty, unashamed Cochran-loving rock, it's hard not to feel affection for it. --Everett True --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Stay 18 Forever June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bryan Adams was a huge pop star back in the late '80s and early '90s, but this is the album that ultimately derailed his career. Released in 1996, the album marked the birth of the newer, "cooler" Bryan Adams: the one with slicked back hair. The image overhaul unfortunately overshadowed the album, which had its fair share of hits. "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman" was the big hit here, and deservedly so. However, the album has just as many misses as hits: "We're Gonna Win" is Adams' sad attempt to create something of a stadium staple. Also, song titles like "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You" and "(I Wanna Be) Your Underwear" are just creepy from a guy who once told us that everything he did, he did it for us. And that's the main problem with this album: Adams was the "nice guy" of rock and roll for too long. His new image and slickly produced album just don't quite work. Buy his "Best of Me" collection, or "Have You Ever..." as a single, and leave it at that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars sorry, but... Feb. 22 2000
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As a die-hard Bryan Adams fan, I was very disappointed with this outing. Without the input of Jim Vallance and Bob Clearmountain (song writers and producers of "reckless", "Cut's like a knife", etc.), Adams song-writing has clearly gone down hill. Klunkers such as "I want to be your underwear" and "Black Pearl" are scrapings from the bottom of the barrel. "Mutt" Lange's finger-prints are all over this album, from the corn-ball lyrics to the hackned riffs and choruses. Mutt produced one of the greatest albums in rock history, Def Lep's Pyromania, but since has done nothing but trivialize the genre. I'm sorry, but this album lacks quality and substance. The production is good, though. The vocals and guitar work are clear and crisp, also a Lange trade mark. I look forward to an Adams album when he's reunited with Vallance and Clearmountain.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I Know B.A. Fans Will Be Upset With Me... Nov. 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
...But I don't care much for this album at all. I like the albums, "On A Day Like Today", "Waking Up The Neighbours" and love "Reckless", but "18 Til I Die" is a mess. The first track, "The Only Thing That Looks Good..." and "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" are good songs, but that's it. These two songs book-end an album of incoherent lyrics, strange teenage boy-like fantasies, and pop-rock melodies which have no hooks to them. I really do feel like this album was made by a group of teenage kids in a garage band. It feels like a step backwards for Bryan. We're talking 1970's. Even the romantic ballads feel contrived and un-romatic this time around. Strange and disappointing album from a great pop-rocker.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bryan, Time to grow up. April 30 2001
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The titles give it away: "18 Til I Die," "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You," "Do To You," "I Wanna Be Your Underwear." This is a work of deliberate immaturity, not a valiant effort to recapture youthful exuberance. This is just a mistake for a performer who is capable of quality material. There are "guilty pleasures" from such obviously infantile lyrics but they do not hold up for more than any one song. Add in Adams' worst movie theme ("Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman") and you have what is possibly Adams' worst CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Adams Starts To Test New Waters... Oct. 25 2009
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Well, after "So Far, So Good" it would have seemed like Bryan Adams' career would be complete and final. "So Far, So Good" was such a great compilation that featured the majority of Bryan Adams' biggest hits from the 1980's and early 1990's it would have been weird to imagine what he would have done next.

Fast forward three years later to 1996 and we're given "18 'Til I Die". Bryan Adams not only started to test some new waters with this album but he also changed his look into a more dirty, grunge kind of man, before then Bryan Adams was always more of a 'boy next store', and too be honest the whole grunge look to me wasn't working for him. I think Bryan Adams was trying to capture a new audience, and instead of being himself he was trying to grasp onto something more in the context of the times. That being said, in my opinion Bryan Adams wasn't being who he truly was and it just didn't seem all that genuine.

That not withstanding the music on this album is just as strong as anything Bryan Adams had done before but he was covering new ground. "18 'Til I Die" is another one of those albums that Bryan Adams' fans either love or hate. It's definitely one of those albums that's not easily accessible, especially to those who are more a fan of Bryan Adams' music of the 1980's.

This album saw Bryan Adams experimenting with a lot of different arrangements. On "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?", Bryan Adams' used a Spanish guitar to give a Spanish flavour to his work, then other tracks like "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You", "Do To You", "18 'Til I Die", "We're Gonna Win", "Black Pearl" and "I Wanna Be (Your Underwear)" all give that post-grunge feel to the album.
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18 Til I Die is not the best Bryan Adams album. However its not the worst one either. In the 80s and 90s Bryan set the bar pretty high especially on his last 3 efforts "Reckless", "Into the Fire", and "Waking Up the Neighbours". Let's look at the positives and the negatives:
The positives:
1) Bryan explored a different avenue for his music this time - this album shows an incorporation for some Blues. I always give an artist credit for trying new avenues. In general, commercial radio tends to ignore an artist who does this and this is the case with this album. The first two songs "The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You" and "Do To You"
2) The Band. Bryan has had one of the most solid set of studio musicians that have worked with him throughout the years. They continue their tireless efforts on this album.
The negative: Really it sums up to a simple fact that the songs are just not that great. There are some good ones, but there are several occasions when the song had potential, but really missed a chord or lyric that could have made it better. "(I Wanna Be) Your Underwear" and "We're Gonna Win" are prime examples of this. In fact, on Bryan Adams' Unplugged album, there are several songs on this album that sound better in the unplugged format - namely "18 Tie I Die" and "I Think About You"
When the songs aren't as good, and the bar is set high - the new direction or studio musicians can only go so far to help and that is really where things come into play with this album. In the 80s, Bryan had a lot of success teaming with Jim Vallance - together they did much of the classic material found on "Reckless" and "Into the Fire".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from one of Canada's best
Bryan Adams last #1 single in the United States came from this album and the song, HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN- was featured in the movie, Don Juan Demarco. Read more
Published on July 22 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars I say its a GREAT album
like the rest of his albums, Bry has once again proved that he is one of the most talented rockers this world has to offer and without a shadow of a doubt, he never disappoints his... Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2005 by Dayton
4.0 out of 5 stars A pop/rock classic of the 90s!
While not as good as, say, "Wakin Up the Neighbours," "18 til i die" is without a doubt a great CD. Tacky songs such as "We're Gonna Win," "Do to You", and "The Only Thing That... Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by DanD
3.0 out of 5 stars Grade C+
18 TILL I DIE, reteams Bryan with producer, Mutt Lange, for the second time, the first being what will probably be know as Bryan's best and biggest selling cd. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Eric J. Weik
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Waking Up the Neighbours
This isn't as good as Waking Up the Neighbours but still has some really good songs you will want to own. 18 Til I Die and Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman are the two standouts. Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love all the songs on this album!
This is a great album, one of my all time favorites. I brought it when it was first released. I lived in Australia at the time. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2002 by Debra Smythe
4.0 out of 5 stars More stylized and gritty album, but not perfect
First let me say I am a true die hard Adams fan. I know most of his stuff on guitar and I think he's one of the best musicians around. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by 007
5.0 out of 5 stars the best he has ever done
Well I must disagree with those who say that "On A Day Like Today" is better than this. I think it's really a great album that sounds fresh, with great rockers like "The Only... Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by "milka46"
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Rocking, Beautiful and Relaxing
This record's got everything: fun/soft rockers, punk/blues rocker, soft acoustic ballads and midtempo ballads-rockers. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2001
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