Dream Police: The first single off of the album hitting the Top 30 in the fall of 1979 and this is a great song, one of the album's best songs. 10/10
Way of the World: Nothing too special but it's quite a decent song. 8/10
The House is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems): One of the heaviest songs and this song could've been easily penned by a 80's metal band and I don't take that as a bad thing. 9/10
Gonna Raise Hell: This is my favorite Cheap Trick song off of the album and clocking in at over 9 minutes, this song never gets boring although some people say that it's one of the most overrated songs but I consider it being the other way around. 10/10
I'll be Without You Tonight: This is a forgettable song by them but it's better than most of the post Next Position Please songs. 7/10
Voices: This is a wonderful ballad and this song fell short of making the Top 30 and this song deserves more airplay and it could've been easily penned by the Beatles or John Lennon. 10/10
Writing on the Wall: Most people consider this song to be the filler song but I don't think that it's the case and this is a pretty good song. 8/10
I Know What I Want: Tom Petersson takes the vocal duties on this song and he did quite a good job. 9/10
Need Your Love: I'm not really a fond of this song cause it goes on for too long clocking in at over 7 and a half minutes, I would've trim it down to 6 minutes. 6/10
Oh, the recording? Well it's all about the Dream Police, now innit? They live inside Nielson's head. And nobody describes them better than Robin Zander, who sings as though Paul McCartney were sitting in the front row giving him two thumbs-diddly-up like a benevolent British Fonzarello. Voices is the Beatles ballad that Jeff Lynne would have loved to write. The title track is essential. Come on, admit it. This is the great American band of the past 20 years.
It was just that the band had become so competent that some of the edgy charm had slipped away. "Voices" was the kind of ballad that Cheap Trick might not have been able to pull off prior to this, and there were a few who viewed this kind of open balladeering as selling out. They missed the point.
Cheap Trick was exploring their range on "Dream Police." Be that in Robin Zander's polished vocal on "Voices" or in that Tom Petersen took to the mike for the stunning "I Know What I Want," "Dream Police" became a showcase for the boys from Rockford IL. If you compare the Tricksters' sound here to new wave acts like Blondie and the Cars that were now in the same arena (Blondie's "Eat To The Beat" arrived roughly the same time as "Dream Police" and covers a lot of the same ground), you'll see how "Dream Police" remains an excellent album from a band in their prime.