Japanese SHM-CD pressing. Universal. 2012.
After a three-year recording hiatus, Bryan Adams made a superstar return with Waking Up the Neighbours
--a 15-song opus. Though panned by some for its polish, fans embraced the 1991 release, co-produced and co-written by Adams and "Mutt" Lang. The album won converts, too, thanks largely to the inclusion of the ballad "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You." That single represented Adams's first musical foray onto the silver screen and its tremendous success all but eclipsed that of its cinematic vehicle, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
. Also powering the disc is the infectious "Can't Stop this Thing We Started," the rock-solid, bluesy lead-off track "Is Your Mama Gonna Miss Ya?" and the guitar-driven, would-be party anthem "House Arrest." Other material, like the keyboard-infused "Do I Have to Say the Words?" and "Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven," found Adams playing balladeer, with varying degrees of success. --Chuck Molgat