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Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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Adams pays tribute to his musical roots here with cover versions of 10 songs that were big in the era spanning the 50s 70s. The songs that will hold the most appeal for fans of Adams' own hits like Summer of 69 and Run to You will be Bryan's take on The Beatles' Any Time at All, Chuck Berry's Rock and Roll Music and, in a bit of a lighter mood, The Association's Never My Love.

A cover of Tracks of My Tears, the song cleverly referenced in this collection's title, also sounds pretty good. It's unlikely though that anyone other than the most hardcore Bryan Adams fans will spend much time with the versions of Kiss and Say Goodbye, Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay or the MOR standard I Can't Stop Loving You that are included; not that Adams phones these cuts in but they lack excitement in general and certainly are bereft of anything that betters the originals. One new cut is included but it falls into a similar trap; She Knows Me is an exercise in forgettable pop.

Had Adams chose to cut a set of upbeat rockers here that more fit his oeuvre he would have no doubt added another couple million sales to his already impressive tally but that wasn't the idea; catering to his memories instead of his fans may be worthy of respect but the end result is that many will find Tracks of My Years very dull.

Bryan Adams - Tracks of My Years
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