Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?

First Hit #1: June 3, 1995

Bryan Adams’ little cottage industry of hits for soundtracks has another entry in its pantheon. This is the one I almost like.

Well, we’ve established repeatedly that I don’t like Bryan Adams. I don’t think I need to get into that again. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman did not my change my mind about him. And honestly, the lyrics are a particularly pungent kind of cheese – see your unborn children in her eyes, for example – plus if you’ve never ever really, really ever loved Adams’ voice this isn’t going to change your mind.

But I do like flamenco guitar! In fact, I love flamenco guitar. This song is built around flamenco, because it’s for Don Juan DeMarco, and the guitar gives the song something unique that one might not expect to hear from a Bryan Adams song. Sure, at one point it’s drowned out by electric guitar, seemingly out of jealousy, but otherwise this song is set apart by that Spanish influence.

Yeah it’s probably watered down, fine, but it’s making Bryan Adams bearable for someone who has a borderline irrational dislike of his music, and that means something.

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One Response to Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?

  1. RBerman says:

    Adams really has mellowed; now he feels the need to sweet talk his woman rather than just “Run To You.” It’s been a little while since we’ve seen nylon string guitar in the top spot. Also, Adams has become the soundtrack king of the 90s that Jennifer Warnes was in the 80s.

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