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Cheap Trick - 2016 Bang, Zoom, Crazy.. Hello

ARTIST: Cheap Trick
ALBUM: Bang, Zoom, Crazy.. Hello
LABEL: Big Machine
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Robin Zander - vocals, rhythm guitar * Rick Nielsen - lead guitar * Tom Peterson - bass * Daxx Nielsen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart On The Line * 02 No Driection Home * 03 When I Wake Up Tomorrow * 04 Do You Believe Me? * 05 Blood Red Lips * 06 Sing My Blues Away * 07 Roll Me * 08 The In Crowd * 09 Long Time No See Ya *10 The Sun Never Sets * 11 All Strung Out



These guys have just been voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Yes, it took that long because these guys have been in operation for years, decades even. And unlike their contemporary, Steve Miller, who gave the RaR HoF management a huge serve, the lads from Rockford Illinois did no such thing to annoy the suits on the big night. And just as they celebrate their big award, the band turn up to the dance with a brand new album to boot. It's got a long convoluted name, and maybe in a few years people won't remember in which order the names appear. Even now in April 2016, I can't even figure out the album title.. 'Bang Crash Zoom'.. or is it 'Bang Zoom Crash.. uhh Hello!'

The Songs
'BZC..H' is seven years overdue, so what have these guys been doing in the meantime? Keeping it real that's what. I'd rather be listening to this than a whole bunch of other meaningless stuff in 2016. For instance, 'Heart On The Line' which opens the CD is as genuine as any Cheap Trick song I've heard over their nearly 40 year career. I love the pulsing bass lines on the second track 'No Direction Home'. This one comes across as real smooth. The dreamy quality of 'When I Wake Up Tomorrow' makes for compulsory listening. The ambient piano adds a nice touch. A lovely song. The overtly power pop of 'Blood Red Lips' with it's insistent hand claps takes us back to a few decades ago. 'Roll Me' is an energetic number, with guitar bursts to fill out the sound. 'Long Time No See Ya' is the out-and-out rocker on the album, wheras the Cheap Trick template has been applied liberally to the track 'The Sun Never Sets'.

In Summary
It's hard to believe that at least three of these guys are over the sunny side of 60. Daxx Neilsen is still a puppy by comparison, but then again, he is the son of.. this album has been causing a little bit of a stir during the early part of 2016 and quite rightly so. It's an energetic affair, and as mentioned previously, the album has coincided with their fortunes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So all power to Cheap Trick, as they thread their way into another decade.

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#1 | Jez on April 23 2016 11:26:44
The first 3 tracks are classic CT and some of the best tunes they have done in quite a while. The rest of the album doesn't disappoint either, with a very nice cover of Roxy's 'The In Crowd' to round things off. The Japanese version throws in another couple of tracks in the shape of 'Arabesque' and 'I'd Give It Up which are both worthwhile additions An absolute top notch album that sees the boys back on complete top form.
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