I'm not sure if anybody mentioned this on the Farm somewhere: Jeff Lynne produced the new album by Bryan Adams. While I never was a fan of his, I must admit that I quite like the new album. How come? It sounds like the Wilburys, or Armchair Theatre, or Highway Companion, or Brainwashed, or even a bit like Full Moon Fever. And probably a bit like the new ELO album also.
The amazing thing is that the album not only has Jeff's production written all over it, even some of the compositions sound as if the Wilburys had recorded an obscure Beatles song. So Jeff must have had a big say in the creation of the Album. I bet he plays most (all?) of the instruments as well.
Has anybody listened to it already? If so: What do you think?
When I listen to Highway Companion, I always get the feeling that Saving Grace just isn't the right choice for first song. I always get the feeling that Square One (no. 2 on the album) should have been song no. 1. Saving Grace with its powerful roadhouse blues sound just doesn't seem to fit into the album at all. So the conclusion I come to is this: Tom presents a new album to the record company people, they listen to it and have their say. I could imagine that in the case of "Highway Companion" they thought the album in its entirety was too mellow. They needed a rocking tune for a new album by rock icon Tom Petty. So Tom went back to the drawing board and created Saving Grace (or dug it out of the archives). Same thoughts appear when I contemplate Hypnotic Eye. American Dream Plan B is the album's opener. But does it prepare the listener for what will follow? I don't think so. To me, ADPB is the weakest of the five early releases of Hypnotic Eye, and the most mainstream one. On the album it is followed by Fault Lines, which in my opinion is the perfect way to start an album the band describes as a "a nod to the 60s". Both Fault Lines and the following Red River are very complex songs and have unusual spacy bridges. I can imagine the record company people thought so too and demanded a rocking opener a little more mainstream. I'm curious if anybody else feels this way too.