BryanAdamsAlbum03Cuts Like a Knife

YEAR: 1983

SINGLES: "Straight from the Heart", "Cuts Like a Knife," "This Time," “Take Me Back,” “I’m Ready,” “The Only One”

BACKGROUND: If his first album marked his arrival in Canada and his second album crossed the border to American listeners, then Cuts Like a Knife was Adams’ wake-up call for everyone else. The title track hit number six on the Billboard top tracks charts and number 15 on the Hot 100 and became the singer’s first Canadian Top 20 hit. “Straight from the Heart,” meanwhile, hit number 10 on the Hot 100. “This Time” marked Adams’ first European-charting single. Adams also began touring around the world at this time, crossing the pond to both Europe and Asia.

“I remember being in the audience at one of Bryan's concerts in Wembley, England, watching tens of thousands of people singing along with the chorus at the end of ‘Cuts Like A Knife,’” Vallance wrote. “For a songwriter it's a strange feeling ... thrilling and humbling at the same time.”

Aside from its massive success and critical appeal, the album broke the two million units sold barrier and was certified Silver.

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