"I Knew You When" (Capitol; 2017)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Most things mellow with age. Some things simply fade away, like the memory of a fine bottle of wine, your first love or your first car. But Bob Seger does neither.

Seger continues to make quality music year after year. Seger and his Silver Bullet Band have been constant companions of mine since I was a little one. He has helped me through some difficult times, just like good music is supposed to do. And he has done it again with his 2017 release, "I Knew you When."

Perhaps the most poignant track on this album is dedicated to Seger's good friend, Glenn Frey, who passed away in January 2016. It seems that Bob and Glenn met in Detroit back in the day.  Bob was so impressed with Glenn that he asked him to be the bass player for The Silver Bullet Band. Obviously he did not take the job, but they remained friends since that time. I know that Seger is a big fan of Lou Reed and on this recording he includes a cover Reed's "Busload of Faith." There is also there is a cover of Leonard Cohenís track "Democracy.

Most of the songs from "I Knew You When" were written years before, but remained unreleased until now. High quality rock'n'roll is a staple of Bob Seger and "I Knew You When" is no exception. Catchy, simple tunes that have become the trademark of Bob Segar abound throughout this recording and I guarantee if you listen to this recording you will be singing the hooks just like I was, even after just one listen.

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"Ride Out" (Capitol; 2014)

Reviewed by Snidermann

It's Thanksgiving time here in the USA and there is one thing that I am very thankful for. No, I'm not talking about the basic shit like health, family, friends and the like. Sure, I'm thankful for those but there is something else as well: I am thankful Bob Seger did not retire from rock'n'roll.

"Ride Out" was released October 13, 2014 and is his first recording since "Face the Promise" in 2006. As usual, Bob's music is simple, to the point and nothing short of awesome.

If I have any complain here it's that "Ride Out" is just over 34 minutes long. That's not a lot of music, but what Bob lacks in quantity he makes up for in very high quality. "Ride Out" has hooks a plenty, poignant lyrics, great musicianship and a shitload of soul. That's why I consider Bob Seger to be one of the great sages of our time.

I have been spinning "Ride Out" for the last three days and I see no end in sight. And you know what? That's okay by me!

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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