It doesn’t happen every day to find an artist who sounds as good live as he does on his studio-recorded albums. So when Bryan Adams chooses to strip down his most popular songs to their acoustic bare bones minus the backing vocals and instruments; we know that it will be worth it.

It has been thirteen years since the Canadian rocker’s live album MTV Unplugged, which was well received for its simplicity as well as Adams' rich acoustic vocals and guitar riffs. Bare Bones was recorded during Adams' eponymous tour in 2010, and it reminds us again of the precision and splendour of his live performances, this time with the occasional accompaniment of keyboardist Gary Breit.

The twenty-track listing of the album is an organised collection of Adams’ greatest hits. Song selections include titles from hit albums as old as his 1983 album Cuts Like A Knife, with the popular hits ‘I’m Ready’ and ‘Cuts Like A Knife’ pleasantly renewed here with a backing solitary guitar. The album also features the new and fast-paced single ‘You’ve Been a Friend to Me,’ which lifts the steady rhythm of the album to a more refreshing dance beat.

Bare Bones may be disappointing to those expecting Adams’ iconic rock songs to be performed in their original arrangement. ‘Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You’ actually sounds more interesting in its acoustic version without the original beat, though ‘It Ain't a Party’ doesn’t work as smoothly.

One thing that makes this album enjoyable to listen to is how Adams interacts with the audience; he talks to the listeners through the music, occasionally altering the lyrics to fit the mood and amuse the audience. This is especially poignant when Adams plays his greatest hit, the ageless ‘Everything I Do,’ which has his audience singing backing vocals that adds an emotional depth to the live version.

It was his 80s and early 90s hits that put Bryan Adams on the musical map, and that’s exactly what the album presents: the earlier rock chords that made him rule the charts. While live albums with little to no musical background can be a tough idea for some, Bare Bones definitely deserves a chance.