A little disclaimer. I am a Cheap Trick fan, but I am not a blind Cheap Trick fan. If they make a mis-step, I will be honest with my opinion. First, Cheap Trick is a modern rock band that hit the scene 20 years to early. Now if being contemporary in the late 80's early 90's meant sounding cookie cutter, bland and boring like Styx who have and will always be a joke, then no thanks. I hold Cheap Trick to a higher standard, and this sound was not a good fit for Cheap Trick. But, for Styx it is a good fit for their music has no soul. Their sound is based upon sounding like showtunes, but that is a whole other story, now on with the review. Busted could have been the cd to blast off the door that Lap of Luxury opened. Common sense says let these guys do their thing, you know, crisp and crunchy guitars, witty sarcastic lyrics (See Modern Rock). Instead, Epic brought in Richie Zito to take out anything edgy or anything with a creative spark and replace it with safe, bland synths, and horrible production. Epic wanted more bland power ballads, like the Flame clone "When You Need Someone. Then there is "Can't Stop Falling Into Love," the nadir of Cheap Trick. This is hands down the worst song they have ever done (actually it is tied with Rock All Night from Standing on the Edge). Rumor had it that Rod Stewart wanted this song, and they were going to let him have it,(please take it Rod) but Epic nixed the deal. Those execs at Epic were visionaries. The only slow song that is worth anything is "Walk Away," with Chrissy Hyndes singing backup. "Back n Blue," could have been a cool Stones/Keith Richards solo type of romp (See keefs first solo album for the song take it so hard), instead we get a glazed over song with no energy, and once again cheesy synths instead of maybe a cool hammond b3. "Can't Understand It," shines through the wickedly horrible production. One can only imagine what this song could sound like if say Rick Rubin produced it, or Brendan O'Brian. The Diane Warren song is a sad sad affair. At the time all I could think was, "Is this the same band that did 'Downed?'" What this album needed was a good producer, and a record label that knew what they were doing. On the whole the majority of the songs here that the band wrote were good if not great songs,(except Can't Stop, and If You Need Me, When You Need Someone,) suffering from lousy production. You could almost feel the bands hand's being tied on each song. The guitars were turned down low, and the synths on high. Busted (the album, and title track) should have just crackled with energy, instead it just plods, same with "You Drive I'll Steer, which is killed with synths. "Had to Make You Mine," is a great Beatlesque (Think Hard Days Night era)song, and Roy Wood's "Rock and Roll Tonight," is also very powerful and fun. Gee, it also had no synths in the mix, go figure. It took Cheap Trick till 1997 to get creative control of their music, and my friends that album was a masterpiece. Busted though is a could have should have been,which is sad for a band of Trick's caliber. The blame can sqarely be put on Epic records, and Richie Zito. Trick had no say in song selection or production. A little thing called creative control alluded them.