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Bryan Adams
"Into The Fire"

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Year of Release: 1987

track listing
  • Heat Of The Night
  • Into The Fire
  • Victim Of Love
  • Another Day
  • Native Son
  • Only The
    Strong Survive
  • Rebel
  • Remembrance Day
  • Hearts On Fire
  • Home Again

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    "Into The Fire"

    Bryan Adams' moment in the spotlight shined brightly with his most famous album, Reckless, released in 1984. His next studio album afterwards, 1987's Into The Fire, had everyone asking (including myself, being that Reckless is my #2 favorite album of all time)... "Will this album be as huge as his previous album?" The answer to that question is determined later in this review.

    With Reckless, there were numerous hits from that album. Unfortunately for Into The Fire, the only remembered song from this particular album, was "Heat Of The Night." Which by the way, is a great song, likewise the title track. "Victim Of Love" is a ballad, but it's not like his most famous ballad from Reckless, "Heaven", nor his future ballads from the movies Robin Hood ("Everything I Do (I Do It For You)") and Don Juan de Marco ("Have You Ever Loved A Woman") "Victim Of Love" is a slow song, yet it's not a true ballad like the three ballads mentioned. On the topic of ballads, "Native Son" is considered another ballad, and it's a much better ballad then "Victim Of Love," being a bit gentler. (How this song didn't get enough radio exposure, is beyond me...)

    "Another Day" gets the feet a-tappin'; "Only The Strong Survive" is a great rocker, displaying his most famous gravelled rocking voice. (FYI: "Only The Strong Survive" was meant for the soundtrack of Top Gun; Adams refused to place the song in the soundtrack, because he felt the movie glorified war.)

    And another song that never received enough radio airplay is the rock ballad "Rebel," as his gravelled voice is put the ultimate test, as he shows it in each chorus of the song. And speaking of gravelled voices, Roger Daltrey comes to mind as I hear this song. (Which by the way, Daltrey covered this song on his solo album Under A Raging Moon, likewise another song co-written by Adams, "Let Me Go Easy.")

    "Remembrance Day" is an upbeat tempo Adams tune, yet another song, "Hearts On Fire" has the energetic-rock that was featured on Reckless. And again, how "Hearts On Fire" didn't get enough radio exposure (like other certain songs on this album) is beyond me. The album's closer, "Home Again" is a rock ballad, in the style of the Monster Ballads you see on TV, where heavy metal rock bands take a crack at recording more softer, yet upbeat rock ballads.

    Despite Into The Fire not being as tremendous as Reckless, this album is a fine album. For Bryan Adams fans, the album is much favored more than the average rock fan. I, being an avid Bryan Adams fan, can truly say that Into The Fire is an entertaining album, yet not as outstanding as Reckless, and Cuts Like A Knife, two albums that definitely stands out as Bryan Adams' most remembered and most famous recordings.

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