Waking Up the Neighbours I have some teenage friends in Washington State whose idea of a good time is standing at the Canadian border and yelling "get a culture"… Waking Up the Neighbours I have some teenage friends in Washington State whose idea of a good time is standing at the Canadian border and yelling "get a culture"… Bryan Adams Rock
Music Review

Waking Up the Neighbours (1991)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Lead Performance: Bryan Adams; Genre: Rock

I have some teenage friends in Washington State whose idea of a good time is standing at the Canadian border and yelling ''get a culture'' at the motorists on the other side. Surely Ontario's Bryan Adams should take their advice. He's made a profitable career of culling American music for the easiest of its hard-rock clichés, most recently with his triple-platinum song from Robin Hood, ''(Everything I Do) I Do It for You).'' Adams' first studio LP in four years, the incredibly tuneful Waking Up the Neighbours, uses every surefire hit-single formula known to mankind, but it's so smooth it lacks all personality. And, except on his recent big hit, Adams is startlingly unromantic. He has all the soul of a sentimental green cheese. A typical chorus goes ''I'm not guilty, cross my heart'' — as if love were a crime, with the lady at fault, of course. He whines at one point, ''Do I have to tell the truth?'' And on the worst offender, ''Hey Honey, I'm Packin' You In,'' he complains about every single aspect of his live-in love, including her cooking — and then blames her for his having gained weight. What a creep! B-

Originally posted Sep 27, 1991 Published in issue #85 Sep 27, 1991 Order article reprints