Bryan Adams goes retro with 'Get Up' album

Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:30pm EDT
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It has been a long time coming.

Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says his new album, "Get Up," is the ideal follow-up record to his iconic "Reckless" album of 30 years ago.

The album, released on Friday, features several fast, catchy tunes like "Brand New Day," and "You Belong to Me" which harken back to the signature feel-good style that made Adams a household name in the 1980s with hits like "Heaven" and "Summer of ’69."

"In many ways it is the album I wish I'd been able to make 25 years ago," Adams said, describing "Get Up," as carefree, rocking and retro sounding.

His songwriting for Hollywood earlier in his career spawned some of his biggest hits, including "Heaven," one of the best things to come out of the much-panned movie "A Night From Heaven," and "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You," the theme song from the 1991 film "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."

But Adams, who has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and won multiple awards, has never paid attention to shifting audience trends. He is all about his art and music.

"I don't actually know what my target audience is and I don’t know anything about the music business. I just do what I do, which is make music, which is what I've always done. I just like making songs that I like and that's it," he said.

Produced by Electric Light Orchestra frontman Jeff Lynne and co-written with his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance, "Get Up," also boasts a few gentler songs, like "Don’t Even Try," and "We Did it All."   Continued...

Canadian singer Bryan Adams performs onstage in Riga December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins  (LATVIA) - RTX4EGD