On A Day Like Today - Bryan Adams (A&M) He ought not have done it seven years ago. While Everything I Do (I Do It For You) set sales figures ablaze and propelled Bryan Adams into the limelight, it left the Canadian entrenched in balladeer territory forever.
His subsequent hits - the biggest being love themes for The Three Musketeers and Don Juan - did not help. And with this new release, Adams can only become further entrenched: indulging in slow-burning numbers such as Inside Out and If I Had You.
Adams' only other option is to try to turn back time to the bubblegum rock of his youth. So we have all these dated numbers of lovers' rock which sound like rehashes of his 15-year-old hit Run To You: all limited on inspiration and vocabulary, other than generous helpings of the word 'baby'.
The titles leave no room for trepidation: after inquiring How Do Ya Feel Tonight, he urges you to C'mon C'mon C'mon so that he can lure you to a Getaway, and, oh baby, was he on Cloud Number Nine well Before The Night Is Over. This makes his fellow Canadian, Alanis Morrisette, sound exciting and innovative.
Let's face it: lover's rock is passe, and the man is no more a 21-year-old. Maybe he just isn't made for these days.