Nowadays it seems that every artist eventually records a “covers album” and Canadian Rocker Bryan Adams takes his shot at it with his just released CD, “The Tracks Of My Years.”
For “Tracks Of My Years” Adams has chosen songs that for some reason have stuck with him since he was a pre-rockstar teenager.
Instead of the run of the mill often covered classics, Adams gives us an inspired track list with songs such as “Kiss and Sat Goodbye,” ” Down on The Corner,” “Sunny” and “Never My Love.”
Adams even throws in a new original co-written by his longtime writing partner Jim Vallance who helped craft many of Bryan’s biggest hits. The song is called “She Knows Me” and the problem with including it here is that it made me long for an all new Bryan Adams album!
“She Knows Me” is so good that it easily stands shoulder to shoulder with most of the songs covered here. I also have a problem with the album sequencing as this new song is slotted in the #2 position. In my opinion if you’re going to include a new song on a covers album then it should either go first or last.
“The Tracks Of My Years” is a great record and definitely serves as a reminder of how great Bryan Adams still is! Here’s hoping that the song “She Knows Me” is just the beginning of what we can expect on future Adams’ releases.
Drumroll please… 8 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.