Eighteen albums since the first
and 11 years since the last. That is
gamble. A Whole new generation have
not heard about him. But this album
is defnitely not for the new
generation. This is for old fans and
for the friends of the old fans.
The fist time I listened to the
album was just after I have listened
to "The Distance" his 1982 album. I
was a bit disappointed. Then I left
it. Today when I listened to it
again, was a whole new experience.
The first song with Patty is a gem.
The mellow tracks are very much the
same as "Still the Same" (ha ha ha),
but it is still good. The rockers
are excellent. And then the two
songs with a whole new vibe: "Won't
Stop" and "Between" are brilliant.
Is it still the same Bob Seger -
defnitely. But the songs are better.
This year we saw new outings from
Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Tom
Petty and Bob Dylan. They are all
good albums. But Bob Seger is the
boss. Where Bruce does his covers of
Pete Seeger, neil Young bore us with
his political ideas, Tom Petty takes
us on the road with his roadsongs
and Bob Dylan gets nostalgic - Bob
Seger entertains us with 12
answer's in the question (duet with
Patty Loveless) - When I
first heard the song, I thought -
what the heck is he doing - and then
I lsitened to it again and again.
What a start to a 11 year hiatus.
Very mellow, very romantic, very
2. Wreck this heart - Just to let us
know that he hasn't gone cold or
mellow in this time. This is a
brilliant rocker with good guitars,
solos and brilliant background
3. Wait for me - This is typical of
the old Bob Seger. The songs that
made him famous. The piano and the
maestro. And then comes the choir.
On this song you can hear that the
voice needs some practice, but it
fells nothing short of intensity.
These were the songs that many a
weddingproposal were made to. I
think the gospelchoir is very
4. Face the Promise - It good have
well been - live up to the promise.
Because this is what he's done. Bob
Seger has never ever exceded this
quality. This is a very uptempo,
rockabily song - complete with the
"Duanne Eddy" guitar and girls at
the back. (10/10)
5. No Matter who you are - Back to
the milder tempo of track 3.
Already in the first verse - you
know that this song is going to be
played a lot on AOR stations. His
taking off to be with his family has
defnitely touched his emotions a
lot. This is emotional stuff. Even
though he can't really get to the
notes when he sings "no matter who
you are" you dont mind because it is
not Bob Seger singing, it is your
soul confirming. (10/10)
6.Are You - One of the heaviest
songs Seger has ever done. But the
sparse riff and the lady on the
background make it very effective.
repetitiveness of the lyrics and the
riff goes together like steak and
7. Simplicity - When he sings
"Simplicity it works for me - I
the basic stuff" it is a summary of
the whole album. And that is the
success of this album. Concentrate
on the basic stuff - good tunes,
good lyrics, vocals, instruments
etc. Ont this song for example there
is a basic bass line that goes
through and all the other
brass instruments, guitars and
vocals are build around it. (9/10)
8. No more - Back to the melodic
stuff. The "Still the same"
Well if it isn't broken, why fix it.
Worked in the seventies and still
works here. The strings are perfect
for this arrangement. (9/10)
9. Won't stop - Old habits die hard.
That is what Mr Seger wants to teach
us here. Whether you are an
alcoholic or a tirant - you won't
stop there. Even though it is not
blues, this is possibly the most
blues you get out of him. (9/10)
10. Between - This song is very much
like track 9 - same vibe. Laid back
riff with even modern vocals. This
song perfectly potrays the duality
of humans. What you say and what you
mean differs. Somewhere between it
is you. (9/10)
11. The Long Goodbye - Tracks 8-11
feel like a mini opera. In 8 he had
enough. In track 9 and 10 he said
why. And here in track 11 is time
for the goodbye. (8.5/10)
12. Real Mean Bottle - He started
the album with a duet and so does at
the end - this time with Kid Rock.
This a nice rocker. The perfect way
to end a good album. (9.5/10)