Ep. 9: The Great 80s Best Albums: Reckless from Bryan Adams
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You ask me what is the greatest rock/pop guitar album of the 1980s and I say Reckless from Bryan Adams. Lyrically, it's mostly sophomoric. No deep thoughts. But that was never the strength of Bryan Adams. His reason for being was that he made straight-ahead rock and roll music that never ventured into pop-metal – though his 1991 album Can't Stop This Thing We Started – produced by Mutt Lange – did make him sound like Def Leppard. Bryan Adams was radio rock for the 80s. Other than "Heaven", it was guitar and drums, shouts and rasps, stops and starts. Hooky rock and roll. It was a rock/pop candy bar. That sugar rush felt good, even after multiple listens It had just enough curveballs - like a still underrated Tina Turner duet – that made it last. And it sounded really good loud. And that’s worth points in my rock pop and roll book.
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