Since the whole focus of this blog is CD reviews, I’m approaching the “A to Z” challenge by posting a review from a different artist for each letter of the alphabet.
In the interests of full disclosure, many of these are reviews that were previously posted on my blog on My Space, and while they are new posts to this blog, and new to most of you, they are not new work on my part, except for going and retrieving them from My Space and gathering cover images and alphabetizing them. I guess that’s work.
But that enabled me to get a head start, and since April is a pretty busy month for me, the head start allowed me to participate. Think of this as a way to catch up on some of the music you missed over the past few years, as I suspect that many of these artists you will not have heard of, although some, of course, are household names.
If reading any of these ramblings inspires you to go check out the artist’s music, I hope you’ll come back with comments on what you think after listening for yourself.
A IS FOR BRYAN ADAMS “11”
Bryan Adams must have spent a lot of time coming up with the title for his eleventh studio album. After what was no doubt months of deep thought, late nights, and lots of caffeine, Adams settled on…(wait for it)…"11."
A new album from Adams is a big deal, and "11" is as good a title as any. Adams is to blame for some of the catchiest pop hits of the last three decades ["Summer Of 69," "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)"], and his past accomplishments create high expectations for his new work.
"11" delivers, packed with hooky choruses, tight musicianship, and some of what may be Adams' best vocal performances to date, whether it's the jangle-pop tune "Flower Grown Wild" or the chunking rocker "Tonight We Have The Stars." The light arrangements of acoustic guitar, strings, vocals, and slide guitar fit the album's mood perfectly.
It's a long time between albums these days for Adams, but the wait was well worth it. "11" will surprise a lot of longtime fans and win Adams a bunch of new ones as well.
Review originally posted on http://www.myspace.com/disc_connected