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Stranger In Town

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

1978

Stranger In Town
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Stranger in Town is the tenth studio album by American rock singer Bob Seger and his second with the Silver Bullet Band, released by Capitol Records in May 1978. As with its predecessor, the Silver Bullet Band backed Seger on about half of the songs and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section backed Seger on the other half. The album became an instant success in the United States, being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America less than a month after the album's release, and, like its predecessor Night Moves, it would later go 6× Platinum. It was also his first album to chart in the UK, where limited editions were released on silver vinyl and in picture disc format as well as standard black vinyl.

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3.51

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65

Genres

  • Rock

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Sat May 18 2024
4

Classic-est of Classic Rock. I can't help but feel a little that the Muscle Shoals R&B rock sound was SO dialed in it renders things a touch generic, especially in the deeper cuts. But I can't drag too hard on something with this many iconic classics of the era/style.

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Sun May 19 2024
3

Chock full of hits. The Pepsi to Springsteen's Coke?

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Sun May 19 2024
3

Not too bad, surprised Bob Seger wasn't anywhere in the original list. 3/5.

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Sun May 19 2024
4

Seger's project sounds like television, not the high art kind but a deserved classic. While you can taste the Los Angelefication, classics outweigh gloss. Nine tracks can interact fairly simply, and still fill a record out.

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Sun May 19 2024
3

I have a love/hate relationship with Bob Seger. When I was really young, like 10 years old, I loved him. In fact, Beautiful Loser is the first album I ever owned. The song Katmandu just connected with me somehow. But as I got older at some point I started hating him. I was more into progressive rock, and then later I got into alternative music, and Bob Seger just seemed lame by comparison. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate him again, even if I don't love his music. I definitely prefer his rockers. Feel Like a Number on this album is a standout for me. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this, even though I was already very familiar with most of the songs. 3 stars.

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Thu May 30 2024
3

Amazed at how many classics were on here, some that I hadn’t heard in ages but still knew were impactful. While a bit samey throughout instrumentation-wise, this LP does classic rock well with a good mix of moods and a whole heap of soul from Seger. A fun listen and a good addition to the list.

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Mon Jun 24 2024
3

This was a decent 70s rock album with some great hits. Other than that, there’s not much here that distinguishes this album over other 70s commercial rock. I think one of Bob Seger’s live albums would be better suited for the list.

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Fri Jun 28 2024
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Hollywood nights, Old time rock’n’ roll, We’ve got tonight

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Sun Jul 21 2024
4

So, I'm from Michigan (aka Segerland). I grew up during Bob Seger's peak years, when these songs were all over the place. He's probably still playing on one of my hometown radio stations as I write this. I also was a teenager during Seger's uncool years, when I wouldn't touch his music with a 10 foot pole. And, based on the sheer number of postpunk albums that landed on the official list, I get why Bob Seger and most his contemporaries were pretty much ignored. I grew up though, and it turns out I was wrong about him. Leaving this album off the official list was a dumb oversight. Not only is this a genre and era-defining album, but it's also exceptionally good. I agree that one of the live albums would also been more representative of Seger's work, but this one is a pleasure to hear. It's a tight, endlessly entertaining 39 minutes of music, packed with classics. This is windows down in the summertime music of the best kind, full of earnest emotion, spot-on musicianship, and hooks for days. There are a couple of soft spots on the back half, but when he gets it right, it's brilliant. Fave Songs: Still the Same, Feel Like a Number, Old Time Rock and Roll, Hollywood Nights, We've Got Tonite, The Famous Final Scene, Till It Shines

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Sun May 19 2024
3

Good and beautiful seventies rock with the avant-garde of what was coming in the eighties. Seger's voice would be iconic and imitable on an album that gives us rock and ballads without pretensions. He also gives us a classic with Old Time

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Mon May 20 2024
3

Seger is the answer to the age-old question: What if Bruce Springsteen wasn't lame and didn't suck?

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Fri Jun 14 2024
3

Quite good inoffensive radio rock. Good.

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Fri Jun 21 2024
3

Several well known songs. The first half of the album is better than the second half. I would revisit some of the songs. Better than a 3, not really a 4. I will round down.

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Thu Jul 11 2024
3

old style rock, would have appreciated it more if heard closer to the time I suspect. 2.5

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Mon May 20 2024
2

Honestly? I don't get it. There were other Rock entries that I feel like accomplished what this brings, and only the one track on this really elevates it beyond monotony.

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