Single Review: Bryan Adams – ‘You Belong To Me’
Of all the skills in his repertoire, perhaps the most effective is Bryan Adams’ ability to keep things similar while never allowing them to become samey. There is a distinctly unique element to his sound – one that is quintessentially Adams-esque – but he is unafraid to alter his sonic signature in increasingly inventive ways.
You Belong To Me, his new single, has all the hallmarks of the Adams sound: a relatable, down-to-earth lyric; Adams’ whiskey-and-honey tones; and some energetic, infectious guitar work. But despite these recognisable elements, it’s not Adams covering Adams, or trying to cash in on the hits of the past. There is something immediately forward-thinking about the release: it sees Adams combining rock and roll in its purest form with the updated pop conventions of the present, creating a hybrid of past, present and future that immediately gratifies, and even thrills.
Adams may well be one of the most underappreciated pop stars we have at the moment. He is a consummate professional, a fearless risk-taker, and a distinctive voice in a sea of imitators. He is resolutely his own artist, and as a timely reminder of his many skills You Belong To Me is a triumph.