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|1. Welcome to the World|
|2. Perfect Stranger|
|3. If It Takes a Lifetime|
|4. Come On Come On Come On|
|5. O Claire|
|6. This Time You Got It|
|7. Give It Away|
|8. One More Day|
|9. Every Night and Every Day|
|10. Dream the Night Away|
|11. All Those Years|
Power pop pioneers and one of the all-time greatest live bands, Cheap Trick seems rock's answer to Rodney Dangerfield. CT may get no respect from the Rock Hall of Fame, corporate radio and most pop pundit fashionistas, but that hasn't stopped them from delivering another career highlight on their third studio effort since bolting the major label tilt-a-whirl a decade ago. Indeed, the album's bracing aggro-pop bent seems as rooted in stubborn defiance (of age, odds and indifference) as it does Trick's evergreen pantheon of influences. The only thing resembling a concession here is the Linda Perry co-written/co-produced single "Perfect Stranger," a burnished condensation of CT's still potent power-pop charms. The band-produced (with help from Steve Albini and vet Jack Douglas) balance is more to the point, with the hard-charging "Welcome to The World" and careening "Come On ..." setting an energetic tone that's less willfully precious than the previous Special One, if no less adventurous. "If It Takes a Lifetime" serves up an infectious slab of harmony-rich pop metal that rivals Def Leppard's prime, while the baroque-bubblegum of "Oh Claire" and chiming perfection of "Dream the Night Away" showcase a wealth of hooks that nonetheless remain only half the band's equation. Guitarist Rick Neilsen's penchant for the obtuse yields the deliciously loopy James Brown-meets-ELO workout "One More" while "Decaf" wraps it all up with a blast of patently snotty Trick energy, tracks where man-of-a-thousand voices Robin Zander adds a couple more to his burgeoning resume. --Jerry McCulley
Top Customer Reviews
a lloooonnggggg time coming out with
an ordinary (for them) three star LP.
Come On Come On Come On is too close
to Come On, Come On and Come On Chri-
stmas (from EP Gift and LPs: In Colour
and Live first Budokan. Perfect Stranger,
the first Nth Amer. (and last?) single
is too close to Perfect Strangers, which
is a song Jon Brant did on a soundtrack
back, I beleive '88. Did you guys put
yer hearts into this project? No, really...
Optimistic Tom Petersson syas it's their
best LP yet. Yea, and Bun E. said the same
thing about Woke Up With A Monster...Yes, I
do like this LP - barely. But here's the
best for Cheap Trick fans and those sorta
new to this very good (overall) band:
Must Haves: (1) Next Position Please (CD),
(2) Standing On The Edge (CD), (3) The
Doctor (CD), (4) One On One (CD), (5)
Sex, America, Cheap Trick (4-CDs), (6)
Silver (DVD or 2-CDs), (7) (Live) Budo-
kan II (CD), (8) (Live) At Budokan (CD),
(9) Every Trick In The Book (VHS), and
(10)[if you can still get it...] Cheap
Trick Live in Germany (VHS - first con-
cert of the Next Position Please Tour,
1:40 min(s) long, 25 songs, including
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Consider that Trick still boasts its signature lineup--vocalist Robin Zander, bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Bun E. Carlos and guitarist Rick Nielsen--all of whom still play as well as ever. The band is still together, apparently, because the guys love playing music. Most significantly, the band has never stopped making good music. Okay some of their mid career albums really do suck.
There aren't many classic rock acts that can claim one of those things--let alone all of them.
For further evidence supporting Cheap Trick's greatness, check out the band's newly released "Rockford." arguably, the finest power-pop/rock offering you'll hear all year.
It only takes a few seconds of the album's deliriously good opener, "Welcome to the World," to get your hopes up that this record is going to be one fun ride. Fortunately, the band manages to surpass even mile-high expectations by delivering 11 other (pop) rock-solid songs.
"Perfect Stranger," which was produced and co-written by former 4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, is an excellent choice for a first single. It's classic Trick, full of catchy riffs and bubbling with urgency. "If It Takes a Lifetime" is an exquisite piece of finely crafted pop/rock, reminiscent of Jeff Lynne's best tracks with ELO. "Come On Come On Come On" is a driving rocker that would have fit on Trick's classic '77 album, "In Color." If you need a dose of Beatlesque pop, the type that Tears for Fears mined for platinum, you'll definitely find it on "O Claire" and "This Time You Got It."
Best in a long time!!!!!
Was it co-incidence that Cheap Trick (97), which came as the bands self imposed rebirth, matched the raw rock intensity of their original self titled debut effort from 77? Was it co-incidence that their next effort (6 years after the rebirth), Special One matched the poppier sound of their original debut follow up, In Color? Surely it's not co-incidence that the new album, Rockford, like their third album, Heaven Tonight, is the perfect gel of both previous styles? That would be too freaky.
Co-incidence that like Heaven Tonight, Rockford rocks, is gentle, is pop, is full of hooks and fun and basically is everything a Cheap Trick album should be?
Lyrically it's nothing special, but since Heaven Tonight when have they been? And who cares? Not everyone needs to be Bob Dylan. Cheap Trick are good at writing catchy, instantly likeable songs and here, they perform to that strength with as much gusto and power as they did in 77/78.
Whenever an artist releases a new CD, they usually claim it to be their best release to date - for the long term guys, their best in `years'. Tom Petersson claimed this before Rockford's release and of course was met with some skepticism. We all hoped he was being honest and not just trying to sell albums, but by golly, he was telling the truth!!!
Many reviewers have claimed that this album is CT's best since the 70's and it may well be. On first listens it certainly sounds that way but whether it will age well or not, who can tell? Give it some years, THEN, it can be reasonably compared to previous efforts. The signs are good though and it's certainly set a new standard to base any future (hopefully many) releases on.
1. The opener, Welcome To The World is a short, straight to the point rocker. Perhaps their best opener since My Gang from Woke Up With A Monster.
2. Perfect Stranger is a great first up single, something Special One lacked. Let's hope it's a hit, though we all know it won't be.
3. If It Takes A Lifetime has good harmonies and is a nice catchy tune. Like most tracks here, the chorus is brilliant.
4. Come On Come On Come On is a straight up power rocker where Robin shrieks for his little baby to get on the floor and get down, down, down with him. The screaming `harmonies' are growing on me - slowly.....
5. O Claire I loved from second listen. It took the first listen to get used to Robin's vocal, then the melody hit me and I love it. My only gripe is that it probably has one chorus too many. It's a simple song and should be shorter. Very John Lennon / ELO - as stated by many before me.
6. This Time You Got It has a nice catchy pop sound to follow O Claire, but enough rock for it to fit in nicely with the rest of the album. The second `Yeah' is awesome. Catchy and fun. An early favorite.
7. Give It Away rocks. The guitar sounds like it's straight from the 70's - the way it should. Status Quo would be proud.
8. One More has a different sound. The chorus is very Def Leppard in a way. Lots of flavors to this song.
9. Every Night And Every Day returns CT back to the power-pop sound. Are they saying s*$t or ship in the background?
10. Dream The Night Away is also power-pop. Good track, nice chorus.
11. All Those Years is a highlight for me. I heard a `bootlegged' version of this several months before Rockford's release, supposedly from 1977 demos. That version sounds very similar to this version, if not a little better.
12. Decaf is a nice closer - much better than their last closer - Hummer. Borrows the whoa-o-o from I Can't Understand It - from Busted.
Once it all finishes all you'll want to do it start it all again and again. No filler. No bad tracks.
Is it better than In Color? Nothing they do ever will be nor should they try - having said that, they've apparently re-recorded and `rocked up' In Color recently to perhaps be released. Is it better than Cheap Trick (77) and Heaven Tonight? Possibly not and who would compare it to any album from that period anyway?
It's instantly likeable, where Cheap Trick (97) and Special One perhaps weren't, and I love those albums. Can't say yet whether I like it more than Woke Up With A Monster which is my second favorite CT album.
As mentioned, time will tell where it sits in their album rankings. At this early stage, it beats any of their 80's efforts. Even (it appears) the wonderful Next Position Please - having said that, NPP still sounds great after 23 years - will Rockford?
Hopefully this album will bring CT back onto the radio and into the charts where they deserve to be.
I don't agree with many that Robin's voice sounds as strong as ever. It's certainly more diverse here but the power aspect of his voice seems less natural than on previous efforts. That said, he's still the best around and sounds amazing, as do all the elements here. Tom's bass sounds wonderful, Rick's licks and Bun E's beat all work as well together as ever. The harmonies are spot on. Even the keyboards work.
Rockford rocks!! It has flavors from all CT's eras. 70's, 80's, 90's - they're all here. I can't wipe the smile off my face. Thanks CT.
Now, if only they'd tour Australia again, perhaps I could see them live!!!
"Welcome to the World" kicks off Cheap Trick's latest release with a powerful message; talented and well-versed bands do indeed exist outside of the plasticized whine-pop groups that blanket today's rock radio airwaves. With this album and especially the opening song, Cheap Trick beckons you into their world:
Doors are opened to ya / That's all we can do yeah / Before then I knew ya / Rules are changing ooh yeah.
"O Claire" sweetens the album midway through a series of hard-hitting and melodic anthems while "One More" weaves a bit of playful soul into the mix. Co-written and co-produced by Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), "Perfect Stranger" is a bit less hooky than the other tracks, but still proves worthy enough to release as the album's first single.
The CD packaging itself screams loudly with color and is adorned with cartoon caricatures of each member. Perhaps with the amount of respect and adoration this band has collected over the years, an artsy or thoughtful album art approach would be unnecessary at this point. It seems that Cheap Trick want to let everyone know the most important thing about playing rock music is to have fun and to not take yourself too seriously. Also, the CD booklet is supplied with just album and song credits; printed song lyrics seem to be a dispensable commodity alongside such hooky and memorable tunes; they are easy to sing along with even after the first few listens.
Rockford serves to remind the skeptical music fan that it is possible to produce an extremely rocking yet melodic record in this day and age without the angst and gripe that plague today's younger rock bands. Cheap Trick's precision and energy are not capsulated within the tweaking abilities of studio production, but in their perfected songwriting abilities and matured inventiveness. After nearly three decades of releasing albums and performing, Rockford announces to the music world that Robin Zander remains one of the most unique and commanding voices in rock-n-roll while Rick Nielsen, Bun E. Carlos and Tom Petersson continue to enchant and impress fans new and old.
From "Welcome To the World" and onward, this is Rick, Robin, Tom and Bun E. celebrating the joys of being Cheap Trick. Fun and unpretentious, "Rockford" is almost a Cheap Trick tribute album starring the band as themselves, and their journey through three decades of rock. If you still get all misty eyed recalling the first time you and your friends were hearing "Heaven Tonight," then "Rockford" will be like candy.
And I agree with scads of other reviewers here. Rock and Roll Hall of fame, get these guys on the roster! It's high time for Cheap Trick!
So "Rockford" is a very pleasant surprise to me. While there is still a little too much of the overly pop-py sound that screwed up much of "Special One" and not nearly enough of the raw edge that made 1997's "Cheap Trick" such a great record - this is certainly getting back to where things should be.
I've played it about 4 times in my office today and some of the melodies are starting to stick, so far "Decaf" seems to be the only MAJOR let down - something a little too reminiscent of "Hummer" on the last album.
But I think this album is going to grow on me. It has certainly brought a smile to my face several times today. And BTW, the Man of a Thousand voices sounds amazing and has thrown out a few new tricks (a James Brown, a better Lennon-esque voice than ever before on Oh Claire, a little Jeff Lynne) - The playing is solid by all.
Would still love another hard edged album from the boys, but this is a nice collection from a band that never strays too far from their roots. And thank goodness for that.