Whenever a classic rock band is in need of material, all it needs to do is pull from the tried-and-true trifecta of life on the road/easy women/self-reflection. Songs from Bob Seger
's catalogue indeed examine all of these things, but in a way that suggests he invented and
holds the rights to all three. A singer who carries the grit of Detroit in the back of his throat, Seger happily still sounds like, well, himself on Face the Promise
, his first release in eleven years. He's a perfect classic-rock icon, a singer who doesn't tinker with his style and doesn't have to: He got it right the first time, decades ago. In fact, he's the everyman next door who pours his life into his music (and who you'd gladly pour a beer), and his stories only improve with time.