Foreigner – Can’t Slow Down (2009)
I know a lot of people see the name Foreigner and all they think of is ballads like ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ and ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ but back in the late ’70s/early ’80s the band put out some seriously crunching Arena Rock. I’m not afraid to admit that I like Classic Rock bands like Styx, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner…..they were staples on FM radio when I was a kid. I caught Foreigner in concert opening for Def Leppard & Styx back in August 2007 and they were really great live. Lou Gramm has been gone for a few years and founding member Lou Gramm enlisted new singer Kelly Hansen (former Hurricane vocalist) and he really added new life to a lot of old classics. That brings us to 2009 and Foreigner signed an exclusive deal with retail giant Wal-Mart to release their latest album, CAN’T SLOW DOWN. Just like The Eagles, KISS, Journey and AC/DC, Foreigner added 2 bonus discs to the new album: a bonus CD of re-recorded hits and a live DVD. I have passed on this CD a number of times despite all the rave reviews I read online. I hate going into Wal-Mart for anything, 3 out of the last 4 times were to pick up a CD, the 4th to return something right after Christmas. The price is right ($14), the package is a great deal for the price and the reviews all say it’s a great record but I just haven’t gotten around to getting it. The album is readily available at any Wal-Mart so I’m going to have to go into one of them soon and pick this CD up.