Face the Promise (2006) "Simplicity, it works for me," growls Bob Seger on his first studio album in 11 years. And he's right. The Midwesterner's new disc, Face the… 2006-09-12 Bob Seger Rock
Music Review

Face the Promise (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 12, 2006; Lead Performance: Bob Seger; Genre: Rock

''Simplicity, it works for me,'' growls Bob Seger on his first studio album in 11 years. And he's right. The Midwesterner's new disc, Face the Promise, highlights his unadorned, plainspoken style, best experienced on rugged blue-collar ruminations like ''Wreck This Heart'' and the redemptive piano ballad ''No Matter Who You Are.'' The 61-year-old doesn't completely avoid the pitfalls of a late-career comeback — the lyrics lack the cinematic details of his classic hits, and leaden riffs weigh down the harder tracks — but this is satisfying meat-and-potatoes rock.

Originally posted Sep 08, 2006 Published in issue #897 Sep 15, 2006 Order article reprints