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Tom Cochrane
"Mad Mad World"

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Year of Release: 1991

track listing
  • Life Is A Highway
  • Mad Mad World
  • No Regrets
  • Sinking Like A Sunset
  • Washed Away
  • Everything Comes Around
  • The Secret Is To Know
    When To Stop
  • Brave And Crazy
  • Bigger Man
  • Friendly Advice
  • Get Back Up
  • Emotional Truth
  • All The King's Men

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    "Mad Mad World"

    Tom Cochrane may not be a familiar name, but for those who remember his hit, "Life Is A Highway," it's a great rocking tune. For one, he is from Canada, and he was a member of Red Rider (their biggest hit was "Lunatic Fringe"). Truthfully, "Life Is A Highway" is the better of the two songs, although both songs are great, in their own rights.

    Cochrane would pursue his solo career, from 1974 to 2015 (six solo albums). "Mad Mad World" would be his second sol album of his career. "Life Is A Highway" is the biggest hit from this album, as this solo song put him on the map. If you like this song, you will like the rest of "Mad Mad World."

    Just as "Life Is A Highway," the title track of this album is another equally rocking styled track. "No Regrets" is another great, groovin' tune. The piano on the next track, "Sinking Like A Sunset" reminds me of Bruce Hornsby. This song is a little slower in sound than the previous three songs, and this is a good balance. This song, just as the others heard, is another good rock song. This song has a great rhythm, and it also reminds me of a song that Michael Hutchence and INXS could have done. "Washed Away" has more a of Pop style, and again, it keeps the balance of this album is full swing.

    Returning to the more upbeat rocking style gets Everything Comes Around." Maybe this song could be performed by Bruce Springsteen? It's possible. "The Secret Is To Know When To Stop" has synthesizers that is similar to Howard Jones' "No One Is To Blame." It's another song in a slower style, yet it's another good song, keeping the balance of the album intact. Woah... that's the word for "Brave And Crazy." Maybe this song could be performed by Bon Jovi? Most likely.

    "Bigger Man" has the Pop style, and could this be a song by Paul McCartney? From Paul's later years, yes. "Friendly Advice" could possibly considered the "ballad" for this album -- another great tune. "Get Back Up" starts as an acoustic tune, showing it's Americana style. And of course, it kicks into another great rocking Tom Cochrane song, Americana style. "Emotional Truth" has a mystery about it, just as INXS had in some of their songs. Ending the album is the pleasant, soft-styled "All The King's Men," as it balances out the album.

    "Mad Mad World" is an excellent album. Cochrane's voice has the grit, the rock style. His creditials are outstanding. He is more popular in Canada. "Life Is A Highway" is probably his most-remembered hit here in the U.S. I'm sure he has other popular songs in his home country of Canada. "Mad Mad World" is definitely an album worth checking out. It rocks, it has great balances in upbeat Rock songs, and slower-styled Rock songs as well.

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