Rockfordby Cheap Trick
Rockford, Illinois, has long gone out of its way to pay homage to Cheap Trick -- without a doubt the town's most important export -- and now, more than three decades into their recording career, Rick Nielsen and company return the favor. The 12-track Rockford offers up a veritable crazy-quilt of styles that pick up the flavor of just about every pit stop the quartet have made along their quirk-filled trip through pop culture history. The disc packs more of a punch than any recent Cheap Trick release, with songs like the spiraling riff-fest "Come On Come On Come On" -- which goes the Von Bondies one better in both title and energy level -- and the surprisingly brawny "Welcome to the World." That's but one side of the Rubik's cube presented here, however: "If It Takes a Lifetime" wafts along with the sort of melodic urgency that imbued classics like "Surrender," while "Oh Claire" revisits the whip-smart bubble-pop that colored the margins of much of 1977's In Color. Yes, they also dip into the power balladry that gave them a second commercial life, circa "The Flame," on the Linda Perry-penned "Perfect Stranger" -- which, if nothing else, proves that Robin Zander's croon is still as dreamy as ever. It's only the icing on Rockford's cake, however, and that confection is as multi-layered and filled with surprises as anything Cheap Trick has ever cooked up.
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- Big3 Records
Performance CreditsCheap Trick Primary Artist
Robin Zander Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Kim Bullard Keyboards
Bun E. Carlos Drums,Background Vocals
Jack Douglas Shaker
Rick Nielsen Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Petersson Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Damon Fox Keyboards
Robin Taylor Zander Background Vocals
Rick Neilsen Guitar,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBill Lloyd Composer
Cheap Trick Audio Production
Robin Zander Composer
Steve Albini Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bun E. Carlos Composer
Jack Douglas Producer,Engineer
Roger Moutenot Engineer
Rick Nielsen Composer
Linda Perry Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Julian Raymond Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Christopher Shaw Producer,Engineer
Jim Beeman Audio Production
Tom Petersson Composer
Dave Frey Management
Bryan Cook Engineer
John "Woog" Johnson Illustrations,Cover Art
Richie "Britley" Hughes Art Direction
Tommy Jamin Engineer
Carla Dragotti Tour Manager
Jimmy Johnson Engineer
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CHEAP TRICK comes back STRONG! All they have to do is change their name and they would be getting some SERIOUS airplay.It sucks that such a hard working american band can't get any serious airplay despite their contributions and influence on music.The album is an AWESOME collection that you can't put down. Clean,Fresh,Harmonic,and edgy guitars.The man of a thousand voices, stands sbove the rest.Very few rock vocalists can compare to Mr. Robin Zander.You have to here it!!
I have never written or posted a review. Rockford is so good that I feel compelled to do so. This is an unbelievable effort by Cheap Trick. One of their best. Perfection. Every song better than the next. Melody and harmony that absolutely rocks! This is not only top down summer music, it is EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR music. I challenge you to sit still while listening to Rockford. I know already that this is one of my favorites of all time. They are as good as The Beatles ever were. You have to hand it to them...this band can compete 30 years later. They are more than worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They deserve it. Pure genius. I can't wait to see them live this summer... Buy this CD. You won't regret your purchase!
Rick, Robin, Tom and Bun E.--- Thanks for "Rockford", your best studio album since "Heaven Tonight". Great songwriting (from Rick, Robin and Tom), Robin's voice has never sounded better, and nice to hear Rick on backing vocals again. Well Done, Boys...
Just bought this album yesterday...have been listening constantly since. The boys have given us a classic. Pick this up soon...you won't be disappointed. Thanks to Little Steven for the props on his radio show...Neilsen's guitar is laden with all the hooks and textures of Dream Police, etc. and Zander is, without a doubt, a classic rock vocalist. Bun E. and Tom...rock solid as always. Thanks guys, for reminding me of what it was like to first drop the needle on "Budokan".
I think "Rockford" IS a good album, however, One review said that "Perfect Stranger" has Robin crooning as he did on the song "The Flame" I disagree with that. It doesn't even come close. I think the best song on the CD is "Every night and Every day", Hands down. Followed by, "If it takes a lifetime", "This time you got it" and "Oh Claire", in which Robin does "croon"
Ahhh!!! Power pop at last. The greatest (and most underappreciated) band ever has given us another classic. I love the way Rockford slaps you awake with "Welcome to the World" It doesn't let up either. Special One was good but not as good as this. I can't wait to see them in concert again. I've seen them 6 times already! CT ROCKS!