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The combined talents of Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson and Bun E. Carlos continue to resonate with generations of musicians and fans alike. The album was produced by Cheap Trick and co-producers Jack Douglas, Steve Albini, Julian Raymond and Chris Shaw. The first single "Perfect Stranger" was produced by Linda Perry and co-written by Perry and Cheap Trick. "Rockford" concentrates these formidable strengths into 12 stellar songs that form an album which can stand beside any of the band's prior releases. Cheap Trick: four great guys, one great album--ROCKFORD!

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Power pop pioneers and one of the all-time greatest live bands, Cheap Trick seems rock's answer to Rodney Dangerfield. CT may get no respect from the Rock Hall of Fame, corporate radio and most pop pundit fashionistas, but that hasn't stopped them from delivering another career highlight on their third studio effort since bolting the major label tilt-a-whirl a decade ago. Indeed, the album's bracing aggro-pop bent seems as rooted in stubborn defiance (of age, odds and indifference) as it does Trick's evergreen pantheon of influences. The only thing resembling a concession here is the Linda Perry co-written/co-produced single "Perfect Stranger," a burnished condensation of CT's still potent power-pop charms. The band-produced (with help from Steve Albini and vet Jack Douglas) balance is more to the point, with the hard-charging "Welcome to The World" and careening "Come On ..." setting an energetic tone that's less willfully precious than the previous Special One, if no less adventurous. "If It Takes a Lifetime" serves up an infectious slab of harmony-rich pop metal that rivals Def Leppard's prime, while the baroque-bubblegum of "Oh Claire" and chiming perfection of "Dream the Night Away" showcase a wealth of hooks that nonetheless remain only half the band's equation. Guitarist Rick Neilsen's penchant for the obtuse yields the deliciously loopy James Brown-meets-ELO workout "One More" while "Decaf" wraps it all up with a blast of patently snotty Trick energy, tracks where man-of-a-thousand voices Robin Zander adds a couple more to his burgeoning resume. --Jerry McCulley

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Music For Hangovers


1. Welcome to the World
2. Perfect Stranger
3. If It Takes a Lifetime
4. Come On Come On Come On
5. O Claire
6. This Time You Got It
7. Give It Away
8. One More Day
9. Every Night and Every Day
10. Dream the Night Away
11. All Those Years
12. Decaf

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big3 Records
  • ASIN: B000FILW86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Led by guitarist Rick Nielsen, the band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Cheap Trick Store

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This might be Cheap Trick's best album since Dream Police.
Greg Sicignano
I buy a lot of CD's and this is definitely one of the *best* I purchased in 2006.
R. Cyr
There is nothing weak on "Rockford," and even the fillers are very good.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Cassman on June 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One could make a convincing case that Cheap Trick is the greatest classic-rock band in the world today.

Consider that Trick still boasts its signature lineup--vocalist Robin Zander, bassist Tom Petersson, drummer Bun E. Carlos and guitarist Rick Nielsen--all of whom still play as well as ever. The band is still together, apparently, because the guys love playing music. Most significantly, the band has never stopped making good music. Okay some of their mid career albums really do suck.

There aren't many classic rock acts that can claim one of those things--let alone all of them.

For further evidence supporting Cheap Trick's greatness, check out the band's newly released "Rockford." arguably, the finest power-pop/rock offering you'll hear all year.

It only takes a few seconds of the album's deliriously good opener, "Welcome to the World," to get your hopes up that this record is going to be one fun ride. Fortunately, the band manages to surpass even mile-high expectations by delivering 11 other (pop) rock-solid songs.

"Perfect Stranger," which was produced and co-written by former 4 Non Blonde Linda Perry, is an excellent choice for a first single. It's classic Trick, full of catchy riffs and bubbling with urgency. "If It Takes a Lifetime" is an exquisite piece of finely crafted pop/rock, reminiscent of Jeff Lynne's best tracks with ELO. "Come On Come On Come On" is a driving rocker that would have fit on Trick's classic '77 album, "In Color." If you need a dose of Beatlesque pop, the type that Tears for Fears mined for platinum, you'll definitely find it on "O Claire" and "This Time You Got It."

Best in a long time!!!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Juz Man on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Living in Australia occasionally means waiting for the `less commercial' new releases. I guess Cheap Trick falls (unfairly) into this category now, so I had to order my copy of Rockford from this site in May - then wait. It was hell reading everyone's reviews and feeling more than a little jealous about what I was missing out on. At the same time I was worried that I was letting other peoples opinions build up my expectations. Can't be helped though with 9/10 people giving it 5/5 - my excitement levels couldn't have been higher. Now I have it and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed.

Was it co-incidence that Cheap Trick (97), which came as the bands self imposed rebirth, matched the raw rock intensity of their original self titled debut effort from 77? Was it co-incidence that their next effort (6 years after the rebirth), Special One matched the poppier sound of their original debut follow up, In Color? Surely it's not co-incidence that the new album, Rockford, like their third album, Heaven Tonight, is the perfect gel of both previous styles? That would be too freaky.
Co-incidence that like Heaven Tonight, Rockford rocks, is gentle, is pop, is full of hooks and fun and basically is everything a Cheap Trick album should be?
Lyrically it's nothing special, but since Heaven Tonight when have they been? And who cares? Not everyone needs to be Bob Dylan. Cheap Trick are good at writing catchy, instantly likeable songs and here, they perform to that strength with as much gusto and power as they did in 77/78.

Whenever an artist releases a new CD, they usually claim it to be their best release to date - for the long term guys, their best in `years'. Tom Petersson claimed this before Rockford's release and of course was met with some skepticism.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B Pop on March 30, 2007
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If it were ever possible for a rock band to supersede nearly 30 years of infectious melodies and rock anthems with one single album release, Cheap Trick would be the masterful culprits. Their June 2006 release, Rockford combines some of their most contagious riffs and vocal hooks with a matured complexity that comes from nearly three decades of writing and touring the world together. The ultimate result is 12 thoughtfully crafted pop rock gems that could very well blow this year's leading young rock band right off the radio and stage.

"Welcome to the World" kicks off Cheap Trick's latest release with a powerful message; talented and well-versed bands do indeed exist outside of the plasticized whine-pop groups that blanket today's rock radio airwaves. With this album and especially the opening song, Cheap Trick beckons you into their world:

Doors are opened to ya / That's all we can do yeah / Before then I knew ya / Rules are changing ooh yeah.

"O Claire" sweetens the album midway through a series of hard-hitting and melodic anthems while "One More" weaves a bit of playful soul into the mix. Co-written and co-produced by Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), "Perfect Stranger" is a bit less hooky than the other tracks, but still proves worthy enough to release as the album's first single.

The CD packaging itself screams loudly with color and is adorned with cartoon caricatures of each member. Perhaps with the amount of respect and adoration this band has collected over the years, an artsy or thoughtful album art approach would be unnecessary at this point. It seems that Cheap Trick want to let everyone know the most important thing about playing rock music is to have fun and to not take yourself too seriously.
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