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"Into The Fire"
© A&M Records
Year of Release: 1987
Heat Of The Night
Into The Fire
Victim Of Love
Hearts On Fire
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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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