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Cheap Trick - 2006 Rockford

ARTIST: Cheap Trick
ALBUM: Rockford
LABEL: Big 3 Records
SERIAL: 804983678825
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Robin Zander - vocals, guitars * Rick Neilsen - guitars * Tom Petersson - bass * Bun E Carlos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Welcome To The World * 02 Perfect Stranger * 03 If It Takes A Lifetime * 04 Come On Come On Come On * 05 O Claire * 06 This Time You Got It * 07 Give It Away * 08 One More Day * 09 Every Night Every Day * 10 Dream The Night Away * 11 All Those Years * 12 Decaf



Here's a band who have been off my radar for years. Cheap Trick were very much a part of my teenage years, and found a comfortable niche around the power pop and new wave genres of the late 70's with ease. The band put out a string of good releases culminating in the excellent 1988 album 'Lap Of Luxury'. Since then though, their fortunes have wavered, their most recent release 'Special One' showing just how far off the beaten track they went. A disappointing set, and one which the band decided to return home to their roots. Which is just what 'Rockford' is for the band - their hometown in Illinois, and a return to the type of music that became their trade mark over the years. The reason I decided to investigate this album? Well, firstly it was overdue, secondly, I wanted to hear what all the fuss was about. This album has accrued some great press lately, so it seemed only fitting to throw the pen at the album..

The Songs
It doesn't take long to get captured by the band's new found enthusiasm. The first few tracks hit the mark with dead-eye-dick precision. 'Welcome To The World' rocks hard from the outset, the energy levels positively bristling. 'Perfect Stranger' rumbles along with a similar level of intensity. 'If It Takes A Lifetime' harks back to the eighties, but the fun begins on 'Come On Come On Come On'. This is Cheap Trick's compulsory rabble-rouser on the album. A distinct influence on the band from day one (The Beatles) rears its head on the pairing of 'O Claire' and 'One More Day'. You'd be hard pressed to think otherwise when you hear them both. The guitars sound over-amped on 'This Time You Got It', the dirty riffing complimenting the (again) fun aspect of the band's approach. My favourite here is 'Give It Away', the infectious arrangement and hard driving tempo gets the thumbs up from yours truly. Right behind it is the jangly pop rock of 'Every Night Every Day', Zander sounding as if Peter Pan has invaded his persona.. The well titled and dreamy mid-tempo pop anthem 'Dream The Night Away' is at the lighter end of the scale, still a pleasant listen, as is 'All Those Years', which has the solo singer/songwriter vibe written all over it. 'Decaf' is one with a darker edge, the groove akin to most of todays modern rockers out there.

In Summary
If 2006 is a year of comebacks then put Cheap Trick right up there at the top of the pile. Certainly it's the best thing they've done in recent years, and should have them back in the popularity stakes as we roll on through the Summer of 2006. Welcome back chaps.

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#1 | Eric on July 01 2006 04:20:46
When I was just a kid in the late 60's- early 70's a drive to Rockford was just a trip in the country. Now in 2006 Rockford is just a suburb of Chicago, but if you drive through the outskirts of Rockford, ignoring the Waterpark (just off the interstate) and the Loves Park (suburban Rockford) watertower, all is normal... maybe.. The new Cheap Trick CD is great/ wonderful/ kicks ass- like driving to the Wisconsin Dells with Robin Zander on rock candy.....

#2 | vinyldinosaurus on February 01 2008 14:32:27
Best Cheap Trick album since All Shook Up.
#3 | jeffduran on February 01 2008 18:11:29
I'm one of those weirdo's who love almost anything they do....My favorite is the George Martin produced 'All Shook Up' but I also love 'The Doctor', 'Standing On The Edge' and even gasp! 'Busted'! Just a great American Rock N Roll band. This was just another good collection of tunes
#4 | Eric on February 01 2008 19:32:27
George Martin is my favourite producer and 'All Shook Up' is a power pop classic.Thumbs Up
#5 | reyno-roxx on February 01 2008 21:01:20
The Budokan album is my favourite. With the debut a close second. I tend to play the box set more often than the studio records though.
#6 | Jez on June 13 2008 08:49:10
I was one of the few it seems that thought the previous album 'Special One' was a really good release. I still stand by my comments on that one & still really enjoy it, although I am now going to have to repeat what I said about that one & say that this 'ere 'Rockford' disc is DEFINATELY the best album they have done in 20 years or more. The whole sound of the album really does take you back to the 'classic' sound of the first 4 albums, which is how I got into them in the first place.
Robin Zander still possesses one hell of a voice & all the other magical CT sounds from Tom Petesson's 12 string bass, to Rick Nielsen's 'Zany' guitar playing are all present,correct & unmistakable. What makes this album stand out from the last few releases though is the consistency of material, which has had a trendency to dip in places on recent times. No such problem here, as this is a superb 40 odd minutes of perfect power pop from the masters of the genre. Superb
#7 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 07:03:22
Great albumgunsgunsgunsguns
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