Okay. I just finished listening to "Can't Slow Down". I have to say that this is certainly the best Foreigner album since "Agent Provacateur" which is a good thing, in my humble opinion, for the band under the current lineup. However, I feel there were FAR too many ballads and pop smack on this album. I agree with Tatjana that there are a few songs that sound like they could have been on earlier albums. The song "Too Late" is, by far, my favorite song! It sounds as though it may have been teleported off the Double Vision album directly to this album about 30 years later! LOL
I feel that the band is on the right path for the first time in YEARS! And I wish the best to Mick and crew. My advice is still the same though: Stick with ROCK, to HELL with pop! I would like to see Foreigner return to their days of glory. And I really feel that they will need their current fans AND their core fans to pull it off. But this soft crap has to go if they want to get their core fans back.
Also, I just read an article about Lou Gramm featuring an interview with him. The article really did portray Mick to be a very greedy and self-indulgent individual who only cared about himself. If this is or was true, I hope that he's no longer the same person. Lou even mentioned that after his (one or both) parents died, Mick Jones went to the funeral and charmed everyone there but did not even say one word to him. I find this very hard to believe. Maybe Lou is just angry over business disagreements and using interview opportunities to strike back at Mick. I do have to say that maybe Lou needs to try to forgive Mick since he is claiming to be closer in his walk with God than ever before. I know it can be tough forgiving since we humans will NEVER forget the wrongs done to us.
Also, I read some of the comments posted by web surfers at the end of the article. Some of them seemed to be completely loyal to this camp. They basically called Lou a hypocrite and challenged him to reveal whether or not he'd ever done anything wrong or self-indulgent. On the other end of the spectrum, there were others that stated that he confirmed what they already knew, that Mick Jones was a scumbag. And there were yet some that feel the same way as me: Both individuals who have accumulated great success in their careers are STILL only HUMAN. They put their pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us. They have their warts and flaws like the rest of us. I don't find it very hard to believe that Mick Jones may have at one time had an alcohol problem or problems being faithful to his wife. But at the same time, who the hell are we to judge?
I'm sure if Mick had been present during the interview, he probably would have had some interesting stories to tell about Lou as well. I do have to admit that it was pretty unprofessional of Lou to take these jabs at Mick without him being present to state his side of the story or even defend himself against the remarks. My parents always told me, if you don't have anything nice to say, then keep your lips buttoned. :x LOL So I refuse to side with either party. To me, they are ALL Foreigner whether they like it or not. And I appreciate the good offerings of one and all.
Sorry for yet another long post. Best wishes to all you guys! -- Phil
P.S. By the way, here is a link to the article for those who wish to check it out:http://smashinginterviews.com/interviews/musicians/lou-gramm-interview-foreigner-lead-singer-sets-the-record-straight-on-love