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BRYAN ADAMS - ROOM SERVICE - UNIVERSAL MUSIC
Record Rating: *****

Bryan Adams - Room Service - Universal Music With his music, he’s given millions of teenagers, twenty and thirty something’s – enough memories to last a lifetime and pass onto the next generation as well. His songs have topped the charts in over 30 countries - and hey, just for the record – the smash hit Everything I Do (I Do It For You) earned him a place in the Guinness World Book of Records for the longest-running top single in British music history. At last count - 43 weeks at number one!

Six years late, Bryan Adams finally returned this month; with that brand new album he’s been promising for years. And it’s looking good! Titled Room Service – the album was largely recorded in hotel rooms and backstage whilst on tour across Europe, over the past two years. Already in the top ten the world over, the first single Open Road is a throw back to the Bryan Adams of the old days – and things are picking up. He’s had a good run, with a career spanning almost thirty years, and with this new album he shows no sign of losing his touch. Still, for a Bryan Adams effort - the ballads weren't very memorable like his earlier stuff - Everything I do... or Please Forgive Me. The closest one to a good effort is Flying (the second single) and I'm not that crazy about it as I was about - say Let’s Make A Night To Remember. With eleven tracks and consisting of mostly 3 to 4 minute songs (some below 3 minutes) it's a very short album and that’s disappointing. Anticipation is always high when the word gets out that there’s a new Bryan Adams CD out – and every time we feel that it tends to be possibly better than his last effort.

Unfortunately this time around, it’s not exactly the case. His last studio album - On a Day Like Today – which came out in late 1998 - was possibly the epitome of his career. Almost every track on that album was excellent – and remained in steady rotation in my CD player till even today. But don’t be too disappointed – for the new Bryan Adams effort still does kick bass. Just take a listen to tracks like This Side Of Paradise or even East Side Story (which by far is my favourite track on Room Service) and you’ll know what I’m talking about. I like the groove, I like the lyrics and I like everything about it. Long time Bryan Adam fans will need to get this one.

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