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.