Crapping Out

What happens when a music journalist listens to Bryan Adams' newest release, 11, on loop for 11 straight plays?

5:51 p.m.—11th listen, track 4

"Are you sure you want to move 'Bryan Adams—Oxygen' to the Recycle Bin?" Yes.

6:21 p.m.—Mission accomplished.

Perhaps the most telling factor of 11 by Bryan Adams is its exclusive distribution deal with Wal-Mart; it is an album whose appeal lies in its inoffensiveness and digestibility, as if it were tailor-made for the mega-chain that shelves it. It's a product made to be consumed with as little effort as possible, to share a shopping cart with a one-pound bag of M&M's and 24 rolls of paper towels. After 11 listens, 11 has given me almost nothing beyond the surface it exposed on first listen, and my ears have rarely enjoyed silence like they do this very moment.

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