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Special One

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  • Audio CD (July 27 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0002IQIDS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The first album in six years from the enduring power-pop outfit is already garnering heaps of praise in the press: "(Special One) is chock-full of the trademark sing-a-long choruses, zinging guitar riffs & pell-mell momentum that have inspired everyone from Smashing Pumpkins; Billy Corgan to Everclear's Art Alexakis.' - Washington Post. 'Cheap Trick is in full force here.its music continues to be an irresistible confection.' - Billboard.


Their studio output hampered by label turmoil for the better part of a decade, the veterans in Cheap Trick instead focused on burnishing their history and stellar live reputation with 1999's Music for Hangovers and 2001's Silver. But that back-to-the-future tack hardly heralded their descent into nostalgic act, as this warm surprise of a studio album reaffirms on virtually every track. Largely sidestepping the blistering pop thrash and hook-filled acoustic ballads that have long tempted stereotyping, the Trick has produced arguably the most texturally intriguing album of their long career, a forceful reminder of the true depth of their talents and breadth of eclectic influences. The opening single, "Scent of a Woman," goes from simmer to boil in record time, while "Too Much" and the title track give a Trick spins on late '60s UK psych-pop. From there, they seem to consciously tip their hats to the growing cadre of young pop and alt stars who claim them as inspirations, with the help of Chris Shaw and guest fellow producers Jack Douglas (Aerosmith and the first CT album) and Steve Albini (the sexed-up minimalism of "Low Life in High Heels" and encroaching darkness of "Sorry, Boy"). This is an album spawned by four lifelong love affairs with rock's disparate possibilities--and a special one, indeed. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD
I have tried very hard to like this album, but I still keep coming up disappointed. I've loved all era's of CT: 70's heyday, non-Tom years, late 80's sell-out, 97 comeback, but this album just does not deliver on any familiar plane. I believe this has mostly to do with the recording and production; I've heard these songs for years performed live prior to the studio recordings, and they were incredible. Evolved songwriting and excellent tone and drive on stage.
However, the recorded version just doesn't rock. It's great that they wanted to avoid sounding the same, but this new sound is not the guitar rock CT is known for. I don't see what people like about this album... I really enjoy Scent of a Woman (classic CT), Sorry Boy (All Shook Up type paranoia) and Special One (gentle, beautiful song unlike anything before), but the remainder of the album is so lackluster and boring, I don't want to hear the 3 tracks I enjoy (I'm a listen-to-CD's-start-to-finish-guy). I can only imagine the fans who love this CD have either aged and mellowed, or mindlessly love any CT they can get their hands on. CT remains to be my favorite band, but this album ...
The included DVD, however, is alone worth the price of buying this.
Don't bother with the Tokyo to You DVD, although these songs sound better there, you do not get to see a single song played in it's entirety.
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Format: Audio CD
this band has always been able to morph into any sound, any style that they wanted, from the chameleon voice of lead singer Zander to Nielson's latest musical tease, and the highest praise I can give it is that the first time I heard it I thought, "what on earth are they doing?" Followed by listening to it with headphones, the the way to work, on the StarTrak, at night, etc etc etc, and guess what, I still don't know what they heck they are doing but I love it. I love the jumpy directions they take before track 7, with the listener trying to "fix" them to a "style" as if they were some prized insect, to the ominous stream of sound from track 7 onwards, and the perverse strand of playfulness which runs through this section like a crazy thread that is glinting in the dark. I particularly liked the neat parallels in their contrasting subjects with what you hear in Petersson's bass, listen to the subtle, sinuous movements of track 8 with and the long, loping, sudden bouciness that follows it in track 9. Note to Robin: you can "mmmmm" me anything you want... So, dump your assumptions and just give it a listen and roll along with this latest curve in their repertoire.
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By A Customer on Oct. 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
Cheap Trick came out with a good album in 1997. This album continues where the last one left off, except this one is better.
The band has taken a step beyond the power rock in the 1997 album. They've added a techno feel and some different rythms. More importantly, they have added this feel while still applying their signature. This is classic Cheap Trick with some new dimensions. This is exactly what you want from a band - Continuous evolution.
Lyrically speaking the album is their best. This is truly one of their best albums, and one of the best albums I've heard this year. If anyone has any suggestions of albums that are as good as this one, let me know.
I like this album for what it is: creative, different and classic Cheap Trick. I like it for what it isn't - 10 power pop love songs. Cheap trick is better than that and they've proved it on their last two albums.
Keep going guys, keep evloving and trying new things. You saved us from Disco once, now save us from 'nsync hell and John Mayer banality.
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Format: Audio CD
"Special One" may not be an album that instantly sounds like classic cheap trick. Make no mistake however, as this album gets better and better with each listen. Listen closely to songs like "Too Much", "Best Friend", "Sorry Boy" and "If I Could", as an example of some of the tracks that will grow on you. On this record, Cheap Trick is not giving us the fast ravers, in fact there's only maybe 2 up tempo songs...there's some experimental sounds, while still retaining that cheap trick sound. While not as hard rockin' as their previous record, "Cheap Trick" from 1997, there's some great tunes here, like "Pop Drone", the classic power-pop of "My Obsession", and"Sorry Boy" which rocks like a ton of bricks. Also, the ballads "Words" and "Special One" are two of the best songs on this cd, and 2 of the best tunes the band's ever recorded. I re-sequenced this cd, in a completley different track order, and I like it better now. Three and a 1/2 stars. As a good contrast, the next Cheap Trick album should be more of a raw, up-tempo, rock 'n' roll record.>-Mike A.
*Alternate Track Order for "SPECIAL ONE"- it flows a lot better this way...
1.My Obsession
2.Too Much
3.Pop Drone
4.Sorry Boy
5.If I Could
8.Special One
9.Scent Of A Woman
10.Low Life In High Heels
11.Best Friend
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