Foreigner

Feels Like the First Time

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2011’s Feels Like the First Time, which features 23 cuts spanning two discs, offers up a twist on the old best-of formula. Rather than serve up the same collection of iconic radio hits (“Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Juke Box Hero,” “Urgent”), which Foreigner has done so many times that their greatest-hits anthologies actually outnumber the studio albums, the band chose to re-record their biggest hits, allowing new vocalist Kelly Hansen the chance to further hone his admittedly impressive Lou Gramm impression. Disc one, which features unplugged versions of the songs, is the most interesting of the lot, though that’s mostly due to the fact that disc two, which contains the new studio versions, is so true to the originals that it sounds like Hansen doing karaoke. The addition of one new cut, the amiable yet generic “Save Me," might interest fans who have followed lone original member Mick Jones' version of the group since they began juggling new lead singers in 1991, but more than likely, Feels Like the First Time will simply hoodwink casual listeners looking for the classics into taking the bait.

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