Monday, December 14, 2015

"Cuts Like a Knife" by Bryan Adams

Song#:  1490
Date:  06/11/1983
Debut:  69
Peak:  15
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Adams broke through on the Pop chart with the single "Straight from the Heart," taken from his third LP Cuts Like a Knife. The song would become his first Top 10 hit reaching #10. This second title-track single did almost as well, but fell just short of the Top 10. It would reach #6 at Rock. In his home country of Canada, the rocker still hadn't scored a Top 10 hit, but this one got close reaching #12.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't really diggin' Adams when "Straight from the Heart" came out and this one didn't do much to change my mind. I do think this is a better song though. I admit I'm a sucker for most any tune that does a good "na na na" section and it's the best part of the song for me. Beyond that, it's a good rock tune that shows Adams' potential.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Adams and his writing partner Jim Vallance wrote songs not only for Adams, but other artists as well. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. Earlier in the 80s, Adams and Vallance collaborated with Kiss member Eric Carr on a song titled "Don't Leave Me Lonely." Carr ended up recording a demo of the song for possible inclusion on the 1982 Kiss LP Creatures of the Night. Unfortunately, the style of the song didn't fit with the others selected for the album and it ended up not getting recorded by the band. Adams revived the song and recorded it for Cuts Like a Knife.


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