Its good to see Bob Seger still releasing quality material. I can not say its on the level of Live Bullet or Night Moves, but there are certainly good moments. I love the duet with Kid Rock, Real Mean Bottle.
Most of the other songs are pretty strong particularly the title track, Are You, and Wreck This Heart. Some of the ballads seem cool too. However, I wish the sequencing was arranged differently. There are too many rockers at the beginning and too many slow songs at the end. Also, too many synteheizers strings in track 7. Also, some of the rockers are barely distinguishable.
Nonetheless, the good outweighs the bad and 3 1/2 to 4 stars seems like an appropriate rating.
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This may be his first album in over a decade, but veteran Detroit rock icon Bob Seger shows he's lost none of his signature songwriting chops, sense of blue collar yearning or distinctive vocal prowess during his record biz sabbatical. Rather than reinvent himself for a turbulent marketplace that's regressed from alt.rock to teeny-pop in his absence, Seger stays largely true to his roots here. The album's Nashville recording locale and Seger's winning duet with Patti Loveless on "The Answer's in the Question" reaffirm how much the lines between roots rock and contemporary country have blurred while he was on the sidelines, a notion that's underscored on Seger's raucous turn with fellow Motor City native Kid Rock on their cover of Vince Gill's "Real Mean Bottle." Yet forceful ballads like "Wait For Me" and "Won't Stop" show there's still gold to be mined in the vein of the singer's epochal '70s work, while "Wreck This Heart" rocks admirably and the melancholy closer "The Long Goodbye" showcases Seger as accomplished one man band. All in all a compelling musical argument for the notion thatif it ain't broke, don't fix it.--Jerry McCulley