A large part of its appeal is that it feels natural and unforced, lacking the deliberate, slick anthems of Like a Rock or the overly considered feel of The Fire Inside or the polish of It's a Mystery. Which isn't to say that Face the Promise is gritty: make no mistake, this is the work an old pro backed by professionals. But this is not a Silver Bullet Band album -- this is the first Seger album to be credited as a solo effort since 1975's Beautiful Loser, which makes a lot of sense because its emotional heart is closer to such '70s solo efforts as Beautiful Loser or the largely forgotten Brand New Morning than his previous few records.
Bob Seger is a badass. Really. Remember "Rock and Roll Never Forgets"? Shit, without "Night Moves," millions of Americans now in their late 20s wouldn't even be here. Face the Promise is his first album in 11 years, and Seger, now 60, sounds hungry. He may be a lion in winter, but one with plenty ….