A Bruce Willis album? Obviously he's moonlighting...
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 12/12/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those albums television stars get to make when they have a hit television series, and in that respect Bruce Willis comes out of "The Return of Bruno" looking a lot better than William Shatner, Eddie Murphy or [Fill in Your Choice Here]. This album was put out by Motown, which probably explains the quality of the production values by Robert Kraft. The best track is "Respect Yourself," where Willis is more than ably supported by the Pointer Sisters. Most of the album is devoted to covers, such as "Under the Boardwalk," "Youngblood," and "Secret Agent Man/James Bond Is Back." However, I would say that "Jackpot (Bruno's Bop)" and "Fun Time" are the other high-energy tracks on the album. I can appreciate that there are those who will find this album lame, and certainly the soundtrack for "The Commitments" is much better attempt at the same sort of thing. But there are those of us who can identify with a guy with only a halfway decent voice trying to sing songs he really likes. Fair warning: if you own only one Bruce Willis album, believe me, this is the one to have."
Peter | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | 01/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Come on, all you guys giving this cd zero stars and trashing it. Lighten up, would you? Bruce Willis is THE ONLY televison or movie star from the 80s who successfully managed to put out a good cd. I'm sure those of us old enough to remember the disasterous recording "careers" of Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas or Eddie Murphy will agree with me totally. Bruce Willis' cd is pure lighthearted fun, and it's easy to tell that ol' Bruce is having a blast doing this cd. I'm sure he didn't take it as seriously as all the people here trashing it are. I wore out my cassette version and i'm proud to have it on cd finally. I like his vocal style and he's just a good-time natural guy who is the life of the party. Even better than this cd is his follow-up called If It Don't Kill You It Just Makes You Stronger, which i think has sadly been deleted. Thankfully, i bought the cd way back when it was first released in the stores. His second cd has a more jazzy/swing feel to it and it's just incredible! His vocals are also better too on the second cd, and the production is better too. If you can find a copy of it, snap it up and enjoy. In any case, if you're a fan of Bruce Willis at all, then you should pick up The Return Of Bruno."
Peter | 05/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Bruce Willis may not win any Grammys, but this CD is pure fun. It's a great party CD and believe me, Bruce doesn't take himself seriously. That's what makes the CD so good. To all the critics who didn't like the CD, lighten up and grab a beer. Grab a girl while you're at it and and dance a little. Keep the faith Bruno!!!"
So bad it hurts
Peter | 10/09/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bruce is a decent actor, but as a singer, he can't cut it. I laughed when I listened to some of these cuts. If this were a comedy album, it would be good."
Singin' Bruce - a full-throated guilty pleasure
James L. Wright Jr. | Long Beach, CA USA | 10/03/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this album shortly after it was released. I even bought Willis' follow up album. I came to it as a Moonlighting fan who enjoyed the cheerful approach Bruce seemed to bring to the songs. He's hardly a master of the vocals, but he's on par with any number of party bands I've heard over the years. His bluesier, growlier numbers ("Young Blood") surpass his pure-vocal attempts like "Under the Boardwalk". I stayed awake on many a road trip bellowing along with Bruce - it's a full-throated guilty pleasure.
I've bought it before, and I'll buy it again (I wore out my cassette version). If the more accomplished vocalists in my collection take offense, well, tough. There's always room for Bruno."