Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Bryan Adams - Cuts Like A Knife (1983)
Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD.
I'm not a Bryan Adams fan, but I had this tape back in high school, so it brings back memories of those times. 1983 being MTV's heyday, I bought this cassette solely on the strength of the video for the song Cuts Like A Knife. Rolling Stone magazine gave it a 2 star review, which is fairly accurate as there's only 4 good tracks out of the 10 here. Still, the album was a commercial success and sold over 2 million copies worldwide, so I'm sure Adams could care less what a blogger has to say about it, particularly 30 years after the fact.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #8
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #12
Tracks: For me, the highlight of the album is This Time, closely followed by the title cut. In fact, I think the title track should have been the first track. I'm not a big power ballad guy, but Straight From The Heart isn't as bad as most power ballads (it was also the biggest hit from this album). Still, I think the better attempt at a ballad is the simple, final track, The Best Was Yet Come. As for the other 6 tracks, they're shamelessly derivative. I always thought Take Me Back was a failed attempt at sounding like the Rolling Stones, but I do like the Foreigner knock-off, I'm Ready. Let Him Know lifts directly from the Ronettes. Most of the other tracks sound like Mellencamp (or was he still Cougar back then?).
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: My cassette copy mostly got played in the Markmobile as I drove to and from a minimum wage job at Burger King. I mainly stuck with side one (tracks 1-5), but side two got played every now and then.