Bryan Adams is the kind of everyman pop rocker that just doesn’t exist anymore. The few rock radio stations that are left in 2011 play aggressive male-oriented hard rock, or whatever passes for alternative, but in the olden days of the 1980s, you could be a mainstream pop star who played rock and roll. You didn’t have to be anything else. That’s just what you were.
Of this ilk, Bryan Adams was one of the biggest. Despite the name of his best selling album, there wasn’t much about Bryan Adams that could be described as Reckless, but the string of cuddly hits from that album (“Run to You,” “Somebody,” “Heaven,” “Summer of ‘69”) are some of the more reliable nostalgia-producers of the Reagan-era. He successfully transitioned into a Mom-approved soft balladeer in the ‘90s, having the biggest hit of his career in 1991 with the ubiquitous theme song from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” He tried to reclaim his rocker status with 1996’s “The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You,” but by then, slow jams like “Please Forgive Me,” and “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” were what his fans really wanted from him. After his 1998 duet with Barbara Streisand, “I Finally Found Someone” (from The Mirror Has Two Faces), his U.S. hits dried up. Naturally, he remains a hitmaking superstar in Europe and his native Canada.