Tom Cochrane struck Gold, literally, in 1992 with "Life Is A Highway". This, his 2nd solo album to be released in the US, does not disappoint as he meanders the road between Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Opener and first single "I Wish You Well" is a great uptempo rocker with all of the gusto Cochrane displayed on "Life Is A Highway". But, not to worry... Cochrane delivers great quieter songs as well, such as on "Crawl" and his ode to poet Sylvia Plath, "Paper Tigers". "Dreamer's Dream" is very subdued and quiet, it's a really sweet little song. Of course, the harder songs are still in full force, but this album definitely has the variety required to keep it all interesting. While Cochrane may have never had another serious hit ("I Wish You Well" never got to the proportions of his earlier work), this is still a very satisfying album for those who enjoy a gruffer voice backed by live instruments with a classic rock sound.
I got this CD when I was in Toronto, fittingly. It's a masterpiece, as much for its songwriting as for its production. Reminiscent of Mellencamp, yet very Canadian (whatever that is) and able to mix hiphop-like rhythms into his rock. Alex Lifeson guests on a couple of songs, that doesn;t hurt either. If ever I want to be back in TO, I put on this CD. Best cut: Just Scream!