" Ain't it funny how time flies, when the best is yet to come"
Well I figured I would start this project off with one of the most famous Canadian artists on my list of albums to review. Everyone knows who Bryan Adams is, so no formal introduction is necessary. The album that was recommended for me to review was his third album "Cuts Like a Knife". An interesting Bryan Adams fact is this album won a Juno in 1984 for best album of the year, beating out the likes of Loverboy, Rush, and Payolas (don't worry, I never heard of them either).
Over the past week I've given this album numerous listens while doing housework, while driving, and one "pay attention" listen where I focused on lyrics and composition (as if I know what I am talking about). The first thing that strikes me about this album is it definitely has an 80's vibe to it. There is no mistake that the synthesizer use is from the 80's playbook of 'how to make good music'. The mega hits on the album are easily recognizable. I am sure every Canadian has heard "Cuts Like a Knife" and "Straight From the Heart". The other non-so-popular songs on the album are forgettable in the sense that they all talk about the same thing. Tunes such as "Let Him Know" are absolutely dreadful and offer nothing in terms of enjoyment. Lyrically, I thought things were pretty simple, which isn't always a bad thing. Only a couple lines stuck out in my mind as being clever and well put together. In saying all of that, by the end of the week I did find myself humming along to most songs and even singing along to many songs, so I will give Bryan some credit for makin' some catchy tunes.
Overall, the music doesn't do much for me. I understand the importance of Bryan Adams and how famous he is, but the album as a whole doesn't turn my crank. The whole album consists of love ballads and songs merely about getting the girl, losing the girl, loving the girl, and missing the girl. To have an entire album with this sort of tone was very humdrum in my mind. Perhaps if you grew up listening to Bryan Adams, some of these songs have a greater importance, personal connections, and more significant meaning to you. As a person who never listened to him before now, I think I will pass on him from now on.
Now lets talk about the album cover, I have no idea what is going on. Is it artistic? Is he running away from all his problems? Perhaps this dreadful photo is what inspired him to become a prominent photographer in his own right. Did you know that he once got an opportunity to take pictures of Queen Elizabeth II and his picture was used for a Canadian postage stamp. The more you know. I am hoping this blog doesn't turn into random facts about the featured artist each week, but I thought this tidbit of information was too good to pass up.
"I've thought of every word I'd say, give or take a few. But she turns and slowly walks away, what do I have to do?"
Overall: 2.5 stars (an extra .5 because I was humming along be the end of the week)
Next week: Donovan Woods
Week 1 down, 51 to go. I am excited about this project, lets see if I still feel that excitement in May.