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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
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'11' is a good album. It has all the usual Bryan Adams tricks -- the country-tinged downhome songs (I Ain't Losin' the Fight), the heavier beat-insistent rock songs ('Oxygen'), the big romantic ballads ('Broken Wings', 'Somethin' to Believe In'), and so on and so forth. Although Adams has ditched the boyish love songs and replaced them with something more mature and adult-contemporary, he has generally stuck with the same sound as his 80s and 90s gems. That being said, this isn't by any means a bad album, merely an un-original one. However, Adams is a Canadian staple and icon - and if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Any musician with class and dignity moves on, moves forward, and creates. We've all seen the pathetic rockers who are trying to look younger than their kids and we know that they 'can't get no satisfaction' no matter what they do. Thank God Bryan had some common sense. He recorded a disc that isn't trying to rehash the oldies, but he isn't ready for the 'rock walker' yet!
The first single released was "I Thought I'd Seen Everything", which is an up-tempo love song done in true Bryan Adams fashion. This is his signature sound at play here. "Tonight We Have Stars" has a good punch to it and sounds a lot like a Tom Cochrane song. The best song on the whole disc is "I Ain't Losin' The Fight". This is the closest anything on this CD comes to an all-out rocker set in the style of Bryan's past glories, a song that rocks out yet could still find a home on CMT. This song shows just how much the line between rock and new country has been blurred. It's very reminiscent of a Don Henley song. As for the other tracks; there are hints of U2 on "We Found What We Were Looking For"; the Bruce Springsteen-esque "Broken Wings" is a great number and Oasis come to mind on first hearing "Somethin' To Believe In" and "Mysterious Ways". Even with saying that, the songs still sound totally original and represent a familiar artist we've grown up listening to.Read more ›
I actually took the day off school to purchase this album with my best friend, Megan. Prior to it's release I had heard small snippets of the album on Bryan Adams' website and my initial impression was that this was in no way going to compare to "Room Service". At the time of it's release, "Room Service" was a breath of fresh air and Bryan Adams really came back with the perfect pop/rock album that could be easily accessible to the new and old audience.
However, "11" is a different story. I remember when I first heard the title I was a little skeptical. The title itself seemed rather bland compared to past album titles like "Waking Up The Neighbours" or "Reckless" but when I heard the reasoning behind the title I came to understand a little more - that it was his eleventh studio album and I guess when you can't come up with a title - why not?
This album is a softer album, and some of the songs seem a little lazy and forced, there are even times where Bryan Adams himself seems like he isn't feeling the music.
Does that make it a terrible album? No. The first three songs are enjoyable, "Tonight We Have The Stars", "I Thought I'd Seen Everything", and "I Ain't Losing The Fight". "I Thought I'd Seen Everything" is a great first single - classic up-beat Bryan Adams' love song at it's best, the opening guitar riffs on "Tonight We Have The Stars" is an instant hook to the album and a great way to kick off the album. I believe it was the second single.
"I Ain't Losing The Fight" is my favourite song on the album.Read more ›