On a Day Like Today
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Adams' 1998 studio album return put him back on solid ground on the charts in the US and became a best seller in Europe as well, spurred on the by the release of a Chicane remix of the single "Cloud #9" and the duet with Sporty Spice (Melanie C) "When You're Gone", a song that sounded very much like vintage Squeeze in style. This edition adds "Lie To Me", a song not on the US equivalent.
Adams' new restraint energizes this gently jangling material. -- Entertainment Weekly
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The thing with 'On A Day Like Today' is, Bryan Adams fans either love it or hate it, and I personally love it. I think this album definitely ranks up on high standards with some of his best work, and deserves just as much recognition as some of his previous and more popular albums.
'On A Day Like Today' comes two years after "'18 Til I Die" and a year after his second live album "MTV:Unplugged". Between 1996 and 1998 Bryan Adams really experimented and took his music to newer levels. With "18 Til I Die" Bryan experimented more with some blues, and introduced some acoustic work as well, then of course carried the acoustic experiments onto his MTV performance for Unplugged.
However, with this album the music are very similar and simplistic, a lot of the arrangements are the same. The songs themselves have the same sort of 'feel' to them but at the same time have something different to bring to the table. It's a raw pop/rock album at it's best and with this album I think Bryan Adams just wanted to keep it simple and just release an album, then take a bit of a well deserved break from recording.Read more ›
Like "18 Til I Die" this is not a terrible album, but it just doesn't reach the high standards set by Bryan Adams in the past. Unlike "18 Til I Die" which was an album in which Bryan Adams had a "Mid Life Crisis and Youthful resurgance", this album goes back toward a more mature Bryan Adams. I can best describe this as his "Adult Contemporary Album". Most of the songs could easily be played on an "Adult Contemporary" or "Mix" station. A big change on this album is the absence of Robert "Mutt" Lange (Mr Shania Twain). Lange was a major contributer from a musicianship, songwriting, and production standpoint on the last 2 albums. Lange was never able to achieve the great songwriting that Bryan had with Jim Vallance in the 80s, but didn't do a bad job. The replacement for Lange was producer Phil Thornalley. Thornalley also co-writes some songs with Bryan. The other main co-writer with Bryan is Gretchen Peters whom Bryan worked with on the "Unplugged" live album. As for the Adams Band - Mickey Curry, Dave Taylor, and Keith Scott are all back.Read more ›
There are some fantastic mood music songs on here. "C'mon C'mon C'mon" has a great relaxing vibe to it, that you may hear playing in the background of a cozy room on a bleak day or rain-soaked night. It's perfect. "Fearless" is a nice uptempo ballad about cheating, its a nice song though and it works well. "How Do you Feel Tonight" gets things going pretty good but is a little lacking compared to the aforementioned tracks, still a nice song.
A duet with a Spice Girl? Uhhh, I don't know how smart that was, its a good song ("When You're Gone") but I guess ol Bryan was just trying to capitalize on the mainstream power, the THEN power, of the Spice Girls..either way, it too, is a decent song.
But towards the end of the album, things just fall apart and I'm sorry to say that there is nothing special on the album after "Inside Out" which is the last decent track, mixing a nice and steady rhythm with a good beat for some good down-tuned enjoyment. I guess you may consider it a ballad, but to me it isn't quite because it has too much of an upbeat feel for it...might have even sounded better had it been done on a simple acoustic guitar.
For the most part this album has a very soft adult-comtemporary feel to it a la Sting or Rod Stewart, and he has worked with these individuals in the past. When I first heard this album I loved most of these songs but as the year's have gone by (Well, since 2001 when I first got it) I enjoy it a little less and less. The tracks above that I mentioned are always going to be classics to me, but I used to find much more to like about this album...
Stick To Your Guns Bryan. Pull out the guitar and let us hear you rock! 6/13
Most recent customer reviews
i love this cd...especially the song 'fearless' its great, way to go sis on getting me hooked on buyan!! :P hes great and makes me proud to say im Canadian lol!!Published on Jan. 21 2006 by Dayton
Bryan Adams popularity was already going down hill before this release, this cd just helped it along. Not that this is a bad cd, it's not, but it's not a good cd either. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Eric J. Weik
This 1998 Bryan Adams' work is really smooth and the most suitable for those who have loved Bryan since "Everything I Do For You", #1 hit from Robin Hood soundtrack. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by susumu-5
i think this album shows that he could change his sound and still write really great music!Published on Jan. 8 2003 by P. Michels
Bryan Adams seems to have a roller coaster ride of a career. He becomes big, then disappears, then reappears, only to disappear again. "Reckless" is still my BA fav. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2002 by Shark Frenzy
This is pop music. You wanna rock? Buy Adams' "Waking Up The Neighbours" and "Reckless". Let's hope Adams' next album is gonna rock like the good old days...Published on Nov. 3 2001
This is definately a step up from his "18 till I die" album. Although I do like that album, this is much better. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2001 by Gilly Bean
This is Adams' least loved album, and only sold 3 million copies.
However; it's still a great record, but a pop record - not a rock album with a few nice rock-ballads, like... Read more