Records: Bryan Adams Unplugged (A&M 540 831 2)
Like many faced with the potential nakedness of the Unplugged experience, Adams rings the changes on his old material here through the addition of accordion, 16-piece orchestra and Uillean pipes. "I Think About You" becomes a kind of country hoedown, "If ya Wanna be Bad, ya Gotta be Good" a slide-guitar blues stomp, and most audacious of all, the previously brute-forceful "18 'Til I Die" is for some reason given an unusual Eastern- flavoured string arrangement.
It all adds up to a stylish makeover that rather belies his blue-collar style. Adams himself may still rely on jeans and T-shirt, but Unplugged shows that his songs can walk any number of catwalks for him.
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