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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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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.
DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR: FIND A COPY OF THE STEVE ALBINI RE-RECORDED 'IN COLOR' ALBUM, OR THE 3-CD OUTTAKES FROM CT97 ALBUM. YOU'LL BE MUCH MORE SATISFIED WITH THAT.
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.
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.
*Alternate Track Order for "SPECIAL ONE"- it flows a lot better this way...
5.If I Could
9.Scent Of A Woman
10.Low Life In High Heels
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This is a pretty darn good album. There are 11 tracks, and each one is a good song. Zander's vocals sound as good as they always have, Bun E's drumming is superb, Nielson is his... Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by a music fan
Being a fan of Cheap Trick for 24 years now, I didn't know what to expect when I bought this. Was I in for a treat!! In my opinion, this is their best ever! Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by Fritz Alles
I think that CP's reputation will be greatly rising if they keep up their work. The way that they recorded these songs brings out a more uplifting side of rock/pop music instead... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003
I just bought Cheap Trick's latest album Special One along with Deep Purple's latest album Bananas (import) and couldn't have had a more one sided listening experience. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by John
Perhaps it has taken Cheap Trick 6-years to record this album so that it will be as good as we all hope and expect. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Chris Poustie
Far from being a lost band on the endless oldies bar circuit, Cheap Trick delivers a "Special One." There is no standing on ceremony here. Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Tim Brough
OK, first, you need to know that is not an "instant" cd. It does't leap of the speakers and posess you immediately. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Amazon Customer
I first saw CT in concert in 1979, but I was never a big fan. I picked up their first three albums a few years ago, and was amazed at how well the music had aged. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003