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Lap of Luxury [Import]

Cheap Trick Audio CD
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Cheap Trick ~ Lap Of Luxury

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1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, but no thanks. April 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most people considered this the Cheap Trick "comeback" album. Sixteen years after the fact I'm forced to admit that it ranks as more of a "go-back" album instead. While Cheap Trick didn't set the music world on fire with most of their 80's releases, it wasn't until the rot set in on the unbelievably sub-par release "The Doctor" that I actively had to search for something good to say about one of their albums. On "The Doctor" I searched but came up empty. "Lap Of Luxury" isn't quite that bad, but it set a bad tone for the releases to follow. I've made dozens of Cheap Trick compilations over the years and "Let Go" was the only song that I included off of LOL. The thing that consistently irritated me with each subsequent release in the 80's and early 90's was the press release that was issued saying how this was the album that took the Trick back to their rockin' roots. Well let me tell ya, this is far from it. I know. I remember.
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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF THEIR BEST! Jan. 8 2010
Format:Audio CD
For all the "Cheap Trick" music that have collected over the years, this certainly isn't one of their best!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap Trick - Bring In Outside Songwriters For A Commercial Success, But Average Creatively Sept. 14 2008
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
From a commercial standpoint the 80's were not kind to Cheap Trick. At the beginning of the decade they were a big arena act with platinum selling albums, but over the first 8 years of the decade the band's fortunes would take a turn for the worse. First bassist Tom Peterson left the band after the "All Shook Up" album in 1980. The band added a new bassist and soldiered on, but each successive album sold less than the one prior. By the time "The Doctor" was released in 1986 sales had declined and quality had fallen way off. "Lap Of Luxury" would find Tom Peterson back in the fold and the band's original lineup back in tact. Like Aerosmith, Heart, and other 70's era bands would do a few years later, Cheap Trick brought in outside songwriters to bolster up the creative department. How well this worked depends on your perspective. On the one hand the band had a huge hit with "The Flame" and another top 40 showing with a cover of the old Elvis chestnut "Don't Be Cruel". The album went platinum and put Cheap Trick back up to big time status on the touring circuit. On the other hand I find much of the material here to be rather bland and a few steps below what I know Cheap Trick is capable of. I do like "Never Had A Lot To Loose" which probably could have fit on any early Cheap Trick work, and "Ghost Town" is a nice balled even though it was co-written by schmaltz queen Dianne Warren. The rest of the album is overproduced, very 80's sounding and not nearly as in your face as much of the band's earlier work. I have to hand it to the guys for getting back on the sales charts in a big way, but this is far from the band's best work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rediscovery Of The Trick Feb. 4 2003
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Cheap Trick's "The Doctor" could have been the death knell for a lesser band, but this band's work ethic was made of sterner stuff than most. Tom Petersson was back in the fold, outside song writers were brought in (even if it was against the Trick's will), and for some reason, their label was back behind them. The hired gun formula worked and "The Flame" gave Cheap Trick the curse and blessing of their first number one record. The blessing in that it put their career back on track, the curse in that the band loathed that they were being puppeted.
Mindful of that backdrop, "Lap Of Luxury" is still a good Cheap Trick album. Nielsen's writing is stronger here than what was on "The Doctor" and his collaboration with hit-Meister Diane Warren yielded one of the record's best songs in "Ghost Town." "Let Go" kick starts the CD with a joyful yelp, and it just kept getting better from there on. The only real misstep is the Elvis cover "Don't Be Cruel" (oddly enough, another Top Ten single).
This is power-pop at its most workman efficient, and with Cheap Trick in fine form, it's hard not to like "Lap Of Luxury."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent album Oct. 2 2002
By Martin Lemos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
LAP OF LUXURY might not be as raw and rocking as some of the bands other efforts, that is not saying that this album is bad. It is a more radio friendly album that the band made to help them regain some of their earlier success. While alot of fans might have been turned off, they are still some great songs here: THE FLAME, DONT BE CRUEL, LET GO, GHOST TOWN, NEVER HAD A LOT TO LOSE, in my opinion are some great songs. This album was the one that helped them get back on the map so to speak, but if you are a fan like myself, they never went away. This is a good album, but I gave it 4 stars because compared to thier first 3 albums, it is a little less spectacular. Nevertheless, this is a good album to add to your collection.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Comeback Album" Dec 15 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lap of Luxury would probably have to considered Cheap Trick's comeback album, in that it produced a #1 hit in "The Flame", after a period that had found them at their lowest level commercially. This album is slickly produced, and lacks the raw, rocking sound of a lot of their other albums. The songwriting and lyrics are subpar, but the playing is great. "Let Go" starts the album off well, it's a strong, energetic song with a good chorus. "Never Had A Lot To Lose", Space, and their remake of "Don't Be Cruel" are all solid efforts. However, most of the other songs are lacking for one reason or another, and I find "Ghost Town" to be a dismal, boring ballad, though the members of Cheap Trick are said to enjoy the song. "The Flame" is a rare item, a ballad that has staying power, and even sounds better live when Rick puts more edge into the guitar work. Not a rocker, but an album that should please a very wide range of buyers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is. June 21 2005
By H3@+h - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Personally I don't think this is nearly as bad as some apparently think it is. However, there are a few lame tracks, and the album as a whole is very 1988. This is very worth it for the hits though, like the cover of "Don't Be Cruel", "Ghost Town", and the mega-ballad "The Flame". I also really like "Never Had Alot To Lose", and the dramatic "All We Need Is A Dream". The rest isn't terrible, just fair. I admit they have better albums out, but more than half of "Lap Of Luxury" still gets me "All Wound Up".
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