Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Review: Get Up (Bryan Adams)

#991: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! When Jeff Lynne said that he was working with Bryan Adams during his visit to Birmingham back in March 2014 - confirming a major announcement suggested here at the time - many eyebrows were raised not only in the ELO fraternity but also that of the music media in general. Since then there has been undoubtedly a kind of critical snobbery developing regarding the ensuing album "Get Up", released worldwide during October 2015.

There is much more to this record than the first three songs made available in advance: opener "You Belong To Me" (a rockabilly tune that oozes Dave Edmunds); "Brand New Day" (another Adams anthem that sounded great live at Hyde Park last month) and the Beatleseque "Don't Even Try". Fans of Bryan Adams, ELO and Jeff Lynne should love "Get Up". It's a new sound and a departure for the Canadian rocker - something. It's full of the production touches and licks that Jeff is renowned for. It has a sound that constantly reminds the listener of Tom Petty's much loved "In The Great Wide Open" sessions with the added husky vocals of the man who brought us "Reckless" all those years ago.
We look forward to those "Get Up" UK and Ireland tour dates in 2016
Granted, the track lengths are relatively short - as it was with "Long Wave" - the previous solo outing from the ELO maestro in 2012 - but somehow everything hangs well together here for me, particularly when you factor in those four bonus acoustic versions and the interview (on deluxe/download editions only). If you want to rock, have a listen to "Go Down Rockin'" and "Thunderbolt". If you want a ballad, try "We Did It All" and "Yesterday Was Just A Dream". If you want that familiar Lynnesque sound, then select "That's Rock And Roll" and "Do What You Gotta Do" (a song originally destined for the "American Hustle" soundtrack, my personal fave and so very Tom Petty!) on repeat.

Whereas certain music publications have criticized "Get Up" as a couple of EP's thrown together and somewhat lightweight, I beg to differ. Yes, it is a short album as albums go, but often great things come in small packages. And I've no doubt that these songs will sound fantastic live in 2016 too. That's my opinion of Bryan Adams' latest offering. Concise and classy. "Get Up" and buy it folks! (9/10)
"Get Up" trax: "You Belong to Me" ~ "Go Down Rockin'" ~ "We Did It All" ~ "That's Rock And Roll" ~ "Don't Even Try" ~ "Do What Ya Gotta Do" ~ "Thunderbolt" ~ "Yesterday Was Just A Dream" ~ "Brand New Day" ~ "Don't Even Try" (Acoustic) ~ "We Did It All" (Acoustic) ~ "You Belong To Me" (Acoustic) ~ "Brand New Day" (Acoustic) ~ "Interview" (Deluxe/download editions only)

"Get Up" by Bryan Adams (Polydor Records 4748145) will soon be available in CD, Deluxe 2CD, LP and download formats via these links thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Get Up" by Bryan Adams to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 14-Oct-2015

1 comment:

  1. Have never been a Bryan Adams fan, but onthe strength of the Jeff Lynne connection, i will be buying my first ever Adams album. Hell, i may ask for it for xmas. The tracks i've heard are definitely Jeff flavoured and like you said, there's a little bit of Dave Edmunds in there. Jeff Lynne is a wise choice for any artist who's been a little absent for a couple of years.