I almost skipped listening to this album because I didn´t fancy the new single "I thought I´d seen everything" that much plus I only read bad reviews on Adams new album but then again, the so called important critics never have liked Bryan Adams and my good friend Magnus Soderkvist thought I should listen to "11" so I did. Veteran producer Mutt Lange helped out again, he´s been involved in Adams albums like "Waking up the neighbors" and "Spirit". This is Adams 11th studio album that is followed by a 11 cities in 11 days tour, it´s been 4 years since his last studio album "Room service" but in 2005 he released the 2 disc collection "Anthology" that included the new song "I´m not the man you think I am". In 2005 and 2006, Adams also contributed with other new original songs for the soundtrack "Racing Stripes" with the song "It aint over yet" plus "Never let go" on The Guardian Soundtrack. Ok, his new album is not in his top 5 but it´s definitely better than "18 til I die" and "On a day like today" and soundwise quite close to the previous "Room service".
The opening track "Tonight we have the stars" is a midtempo tune with hammond organ that we´re not used to hearing on a Bryan Adams song, I also love the huge soundscape of "We found what we were looking for" not to mention the Bruce Springsteen-like "Oxygen" that is adorable. The slow "Mysterious ways" is pretty dull and the turn on the lighters-ballad "Broken wings" misses a good chorus, Adams is turning 50 next year and I think we can count on 11 more albums from this millionaire.
Myles Kennedy was in a band called ´Citizen Swing´ from Spokane, Washington. The band released two albums, Cure Me With the Groove and Deep Down, before disbanding in 1996. ´Cure Me With the Groove´ was a jazz-influenced pop album best described as Stevie Wonder meets Stevie Ray Vaughn, while Deep Down was a much heavier album, dropping all of the pop pretense in favor of heavy guitars, soaring vocals, solid and infectious beats and a bit of the ´jazz flair´ of the trumpet. Vocalist and lead guitarist Myles Kennedy, formerly of Cosmic Dust, eventually went on to front The Mayfield Four and later Alter Bridge.