Top 5 “A”rtists
And the alphabet series begins!
Here are my Top 5 Artist names that begin with the letter A:
My musical & non-musical reasons for Anthrax approval are coming up in Album Review #302!
4. Amos, Tori
Tori released 4 strong consecutive records in 1992, 1994, 1996, and 1998. The only other group I can think of that did the same? Sloan, and they’re among my all-time faves of any letter.
If Tori had a stellar mid-90s, Aerosmith’s mid-70s output is, to borrow the Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt film title, as good as it gets.
2. Age of Electric
Speaking of the mid-90s, this was a golden age for CanCon. Age of Electric released two albums, both are keepers, notably Make a Pest a Pet.
1. Adams, Bryan &/or Ryan
I’m bending the rules already and it’s only the first week! Between the two Adams lads, they’ve got it all: Bryan contributes consistency & decades of arena anthems (not to mention a successful second career as a photographer), Ryan provides the cred & movie star spouse. As luck would have it, both are born on November 5th. If I had to choose one, I’d have to give Bryan the nod as he and my daughters were born in the same hospital.
Now critical darling, Bryan is not. Take this scene from the (excellent) South Park film:
Newscaster: But, Mr. Minister, it isn’t like this film is the first troublesome thing to come out of Canada. Let us not forget Bryan Adams.
Canadian Representative: Now, now, the Canadian Government has apologized for Bryan Adams on several occasions!
Say what you will, but BA has been consistently writing songs that have resonated with millions of people around the world since 1980. Surely the opening ‘D’ chord of Summer of ’69 is among the most instantly identifiably intros & will likely put the bulk of the planet in a good mood upon hearing.
I get it that fist-clenched power ballads aren’t for everyone but even the haters have to grudgingly respect his career longevity. He still looks and sounds exactly the same after 34 years and he hasn’t so much as lost a step when performing live. Considering his less than perfect vocal technique & decades of living on the road, that’s impressive!
To celebrate the “A”s, reviews of Air, Anthrax and AC/DC are up next.