- Audio CD (March 18 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B0014127BO
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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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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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. As for the remaining songs on the disc, there are a few ballads and the rest could be best described as mid-tempo adult contemporary rock songs, and that's not a bad thing at all. Bryan Adams has grown up, matured, and has moved past the "It's Only Love" and "18 'Til I Die" days. Although he still has a huge back catalogue of hot rock hits that he can perform live, he's shown that 'maturing' isn't the same as 'aging'. He's crafted a great collection of songs that will be welcomed by his fans. This is a very good CD.
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. This song you can sit and tap your foot to when you're in the car or sitting at your computer, something like that. The fourth track "Oxygen" sounds like one of those forced moments I was talking about. This is probably my least favourite song on the album, this song definitely sounds like a filler.
"We Found What We We're Looking For" is a beautiful ballad. I've read some reviews that people are saying the title is a rip off of the song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2. Big difference people.
"Broken Wings" is OK but again, a little forced and comes off as filler. The instrumentation in the beginning makes the song sound like it's started half way threw the song. I will say it does remind me a bit of a country song - not completely but a little.
I love "Somethin' To Believe In". At the time of this release, Bryan Adams was in his late 40s and fastly approaching 50 years old within the next couple years and he was just complaining about how he's had no luck with love, and how he hasn't been married or had children - but all he wanted was something to believe in.
"Mysterious Ways" is a bit of a dark and haunting song from Bryan Adams. His voice is brilliant, and flows nicely with the lyrics - kinda brings the darkness into the song.
"She's Got A Way" is beautiful, and when I listen to it - I can't help but sing along to it. Another beautiful love song from Bryan Adams. I believe this was the third single.
I heard a rumour that "Flower Grown Wild" was about Amy Winehouse. I'm not sure how true that is but it is a great song that tells the story about a girl with a problem with drugs, and fame in general.
The last track "Walk On By" is a lovely way to end this album. It's a nice little acoustic number, and there is a bit of a melancholy mood in there.
To end this review I will say that this is not an album for fans of Bryan Adams who are more into his much earlier work from the 1980s. I personally love everything Bryan Adams has done up to this stand point and I am approaching 20 years old, but everyone has their own preference. It is a good album, I wouldn't pass it off as a 'throw away clunker' by any means. Approach the album with an open mind, and give it a shot!
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