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Springfield, Rick - 2012 Songs For The End Of The World

ARTIST: Springfield, Rick
ALBUM: Songs For The End Of The World
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: Rick Springfield - vocals, guitar, keyboards * Tim Pierce, Dan Strain, George Nastos, George Bernhardt - guitar * Matt Bissonette - bass, keyboards, backing vocals * Rodger Carter - drums * Ronnie Grinle - percussion * John Waite, Richard Page - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wide Awake * 02 Our Ship's Sinking * 03 I Hate Myself * 04 You And Me * 05 Gabriel * 06 A Sign Of Life * 07 My Last Heartbeat * 08 Joshua * 09 Love Screws Me Up * 10 I Found You * 11 Depravity * 12 One Way Street * 13 Let Me In (bonus) * 14 My DUI (bonus)



You've got to give it to Rick Springfield; at 63 he still looks and plays like a man half his age, consistently recording new music of the highest order that truly does make a mockery of various one-time contemporaries in the 70's and 80's. I don't think anybody here is under any illusions though, Springfield's AOR days passed with the end of the 80's itself and since then he's replaced with a decidedly modern rock approach. This has been heard to great effect on his past few albums and it's on full view again with this latest album. This time however the melody is more accessible and keeping in the tradition of succinct Springfield choruses, giving this an edge over 2008's 'Venus In Overdrive'.

The Songs
'Wide Awake' could be the heaviest opening track of any Springfield album, with some scathing riffs and pounding drums, but once the chorus takes shape it's as catchy as anything from the great mans repertoire. If you didn't know any better you'd think this was recorded by some twenty something's such is the energy and modern element. This sets the tone for the entire album, with 'Our Ships Sinking' a piece of classic Springfield, almost an updated version of the 'Rock Of Life' style. With a hook like this the song should be a hit, but we all know how that goes. If there's one song I'd urge anyone to hear from the album it's this one. Rick sneers his way through 'I Hate Myself', with an excellent chorus once again, chanted to anthem like proportions. This is the way to get the point across in less than three minutes. 'You and Me' and 'Gabriel' both reside on the more emotive side of things, something Springfield does well admittedly, giving the album a calmer sense of pace. Much edgier is 'My Last Heartbeat' with its samples and loops merging with heavy riffs, almost resembling Def Leppard's 'Slang' dud. The hook is traditional Springfield however, making it a song of two halves. 'Love Screws Me Up' first appeared as far back as 1999, but here it's been reworked, sounding much like an 80's product, perfect rock radio material. There's a good AOR vibe surrounding 'Depravity', which you might not expect with such a title. Sensibly the album ends with a Springfield anthem, 'One Way Street' a glorious statement which could fit on any of his albums.

In Summary
This is another successful outing from a certified legend. It's by far the best album from Springfield since he returned in 1999 with 'Karma' and in its own way sits up there with his 80's work. It's not pure AOR, but it has its moments as described and overall it's a brilliant rock album. The album has been released with four different covers, with each version containing bonus tracks, showing how prolific Springfield has been. It's laughable when you still see bloated critics describing Springfield as an 80's relic on horrific nostalgia TV shows - I'll bet those frauds don't know this album exists. That's ok, it lets you know who the true fans are and those are the ones who will appreciate what a classy effort this is.

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#1 | Geir on October 24 2012 21:18:41
Excellent review, Alun! I'm on my fifth or sixth spinning of the album now, and it's coming along nicely, I have to say.

I wouldn't rate it over "Venus in Overdrive" so far, but then again, "Venus..." is one of my favourite Springfield albums overall. "Songs..." stays true to many of the things that made "Venus" such an excellent album, though, so I look immensely forward to further listening to the newbie! Thumbs Up
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