The Latest

The Latest

by Cheap Trick
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The Latest

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/21/2009
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0020286136422
catalogNumber: 61364

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
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Gannin Arnold   Musician
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
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

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The Latest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first good set since their 80's heyday.
WinterGardenGirl More than 1 year ago
Really great to here some new material from the band. I especialy liked "California Girl", but most all songs are winners!!