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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If calling their fifteenth studio album The Latest doesn't exactly suggest enthusiasm on the part of Cheap Trick, keep in mind that the band has never shown much enthusiasm for album titles anyway, titling two albums after their band and one after their hometown of Rockford, IL. The Latest follows 2006's Rockford by three years and does indeed offer the latest spin on the band's classic power pop, flowing naturally from that quite excellent back-to-basics set, offering another collection of 13 guitar-heavy pop tunes. After the brief, ominous opener "Sleep Forever," a misleading slice of spacy, hazy, mood rock fades away, Cheap Trick tear into the overlooked ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If calling their fifteenth studio album The Latest doesn't exactly suggest enthusiasm on the part of Cheap Trick, keep in mind that the band has never shown much enthusiasm for album titles anyway, titling two albums after their band and one after their hometown of Rockford, IL. The Latest follows 2006's Rockford by three years and does indeed offer the latest spin on the band's classic power pop, flowing naturally from that quite excellent back-to-basics set, offering another collection of 13 guitar-heavy pop tunes. After the brief, ominous opener "Sleep Forever," a misleading slice of spacy, hazy, mood rock fades away, Cheap Trick tear into the overlooked Slade gem "When the Lights Are Out," suggesting that The Latest will be a high-octane rock-fest, but apart from a handful of other moments -- including the raging "Sick Man of Europe" and the "Slow Down" revamp "California Girl" -- a lot of the record consists of thick Beatlesque psychedelia, an appealing shift in tactics that makes this something a little bit different than yet another Cheap Trick record. That said, reinvention isn't the order of the day, staying true to the spirit of their classic '70s trilogy is, and the band acquits themselves admirably, turning out a tight, tuneful collection of proudly unfashionable power pop. And if the best song here is a cover of Slade's "When the Lights Are Out," well, it could be argued that the Move's "California Man" was the best song on Heaven Tonight, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286136422
  • Catalog Number: 61364
  • Sales rank: 37,527

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheap Trick Primary Artist
Robin Zander Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Wayne Kramer Musician
Bun E. Carlos Cymbals, Drums, Background Vocals
Luis Conte Percussion
George Doering Acoustic Guitar
Jason Falkner Children's Chorus, Musician
Rick Nielsen Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Julian Raymond Children's Chorus, Musician
Bennett Salvay Conductor
Eric Skodis Children's Chorus, Musician
Tom Petersson Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Todd Youth Children's Chorus, Musician
Mike Dimkitch Musician
Gannin Arnold Musician
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Keyboards
Robin Taylor Zander Children's Chorus, Musician
Justin Berger Davis Musician
Zoe Berger Davis Musician
Jacob Brawer Musician
Crestview Kids Choir Musician
Linus Dotson Children's Chorus, Musician
Noah Herdon Children's Chorus, Musician
Sydney Perkins Children's Chorus, Musician
Westy Perkins Children's Chorus, Musician
Technical Credits
Cheap Trick Audio Production
Robin Zander Composer
Bun E. Carlos Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Rick Nielsen Composer
Julian Raymond Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Bennett Salvay Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Howard Willing Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Raymond Composer
Bon Harris Programming
Tom Petersson Composer
Danny Clinch Cover Photo
Wes Kidd Management
Dave Frey Management
Debi Burdick Management
Carla Dragotti Management, Tour Manager
Stewart Composer
Marvin Composer
Lea Composer
Holder Composer
Leonard Composer
Campbell Composer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally!

    This is the first good set since their 80's heyday.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Cheap Trick rocks again!

    Really great to here some new material from the band.
    I especialy liked "California Girl", but most all songs are winners!!

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