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Shock Denial Anger Acceptance

Rick SpringfieldAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)

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For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author and documentary subject, Rick Springfield has always insisted his first love is music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gomer Records
  • ASIN: B0001BS41A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to imagine that this album's bleak-spirited songs, grinding modern rock tack, and contemporary production aura are all the products of a musician who scored his first American chart hit in 1972, then was written off again a decade later after a string of MTV-fueled hits--including the classic "Jessie's Girl." But this is indeed the same Rick Springfield, his former bubblegum-rock incarnation belied by a tough musical stance that would be the envy of many a rocker half his age. But one doesn't have to dissect the slinky, eastern-inflected guitar hooks and fat, thumping bass of the wry "Jesus Saves" (chorus: "Jesus saves white trash, baby like you") very far to find that Springfield's songwriting instincts remain rock-solid. It's just as surprising to find that this self-produced album is the product of ears that have been anything but dormant in recent years, and savvy--or is it idealistic?--enough to turn a spunky, thrashed-up take of the Easybeats' 60's jewel "I'll Make You Happy" into a bridge across the generations. Cynical ears may mistake it all for a pose; if so it's an acting job the former soap opera star should be proud of. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance finds Rick Springfield spreading his wings to embrace multiple genres while revisiting the high points of his past. More rock than pop, it is an extension of his last album of new material, 1999's Karma. Not a disc loaded with radio-ready cuts, this is a solid album from a canny pop/rock vet.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern rock staple by a true rock artist October 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't like modern rock--I prefer the good ol' days of Springsteen, John Cougar, maybe a little Van Halen and Bon Jovi. And it's safe to say that Rick Springfield isn't the world's best singer--in fact, his voice falters on many occasions. So why did I give this album a four star rating?

Because, quite simply, it's ecclectic: i.e., wonderful.

Ecclectic and rock go great together. The best rock artists have always made their best albums by fusing strange, confounding lyrics with new styles (Springsteen and "Ghost of Tom Joad," Mellencamp and "Mr. Happy Go Lucky"). That's what Springfield has done here--taken some downright strange, often meaningless (yet masterful) lyrics, put them to some great distorted guitar riffs, and created musical gems.

From the modern rock that opens the album to the folk rock that closes it, this is a great CD. In here you'll find some great musicianship (this is where Springfield's true talent lies, I think) and some listenable tunes that'll put you into a trance. Not for everyone, only for those of you who like your music with a taste of the macabre, "Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance" could quite possibly become a classic rock n roll album. If it gets the airplay it deserves.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST INCREDIBLE!!! VERY CHEAP TRICK-ISH!!! February 28, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, being a longtime + hardcore Rick fan for over 20 years, I always get excited when he puts out a new studio album...and this one, his first since 1999's "Karma"...I can say objectively that this sucker could very well be Rick's finest album yet!! Really?? Yep. Better than his 1980 powerpop masterpiece "Working Class Dog"?? Quite possibly!! Now, THAT's hard, a tough accomplishment!!
See, SDAA is a mixture of many things...superb powerpop tuneage, his trademark deep, thought-provoking, spiritual lyrics, and killer harmonies...BUT, he adds something here missing from many of his 80s records, a real EDGE, like, a head-banging, fist-pumping EDGE!! Woohoo!! EXHILIRATING stuff!! For those of us who have seen Rick's live shows, we know he rocks hard and LOUD, but that edge, for the most part, has been missing from his records...haha, not anymore!! Here, on SDAA, it seems as if he was able to figure out how to FINALLY capture this lightning in a bottle, and then pour it over his finest batch of tunes yet...something his longtime producers Bill Drescher and Keith Olsen were never able to do, and if there was a bit of an edge before, it tended to be sugarcoated...not here...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not trashing Rick's 80s records at all, everything Rick has released has been awesome, but hearing SDAA makes me wish ALL his records were like this raw, loud, gritty sound does him adds credibility and depth, ON TOP of the substance that is already suggestion, Rick must produce his own records from now until doomsday...he knows his sound best...PLUS, his songwriting and musicianship should (if this is a just world) give him the looooong-overdue respect and admiration he deserves, as well as a comeback "hit" or two...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ROCK ALBUM AND RICK'S FINEST TO DATE February 24, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
A big surprise for everybody who thought that Rick Springfield will always stay an icon of the 80's that was left behind by the changing taste of the 90's and the new millenium. SHOCK/DENIAL/ANGER/ACCEPTANCE offers 17 new songs including one cover version of "I'll make you happy". All boast a sharp, hard and powerful sound unlike anything Rick has ever done before. Yet the irresistible hooks and melodies Rick has always provided are still in place. Lyrically he goes to unknown extremes and cuts to the bone with explorations of love/hate relationships, personal disorientation and the search for a positive perspective in an everchanging world full of trauma-inducing events. SHOCK/DENIAL/ANGER/ACCEPTANCE, the four stages of grief, will capture the hearts and minds not only of Rick's loyal long-time fans but will also get him the overdue attention as one of the great (and shamefully overlooked) singer/songwriters who keep reinventing and proving themselves. If you like rock music this album is a definite MUST!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick's Back May 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Name of the CD is "Shock, Denial, Anger, Acceptance" but the ANGER should be all in caps. This is angry man. That being said, anger and hard rock has always been a pretty good mix and Sprinfield rocks HARD on this CD. If love were like international politics, these songs would read like a slowly escalating nuclear standoff.
Def-con 3: Perfect- "I forget that sometimes love's a parasite.
Def-con 2: Will I?- "I broke my heart on the reef of your infidelity"
Def-con 1: God gave you to everyone- "I never wanted anyone as much I want you....While you were making EVERYONE I never had a clue"
Detonation!!: idon'twantanythingfromyou- "But everything you gave to me you went and gave away to anybody else with a d*ck"
Wow! Talk about commitment issues from the significant other!Did Jesse come and steal his girl back???
By and large though, this is still a very listenable record despite the anger. There is a beautiful ballad called "Angel of the disappeared" inspired by the Elizabeth Smart story and another good rocker called "My Depression" that really should be titled "Behind the Music: the Rick Springfield Story". All in all a great mature recording by an artist accused of being too bubblegum to be taken seriously back in the 80's. You better take him seriously now! Great Record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 2 months ago by Lorena Long
2.0 out of 5 stars Swing and a miss....mostly
Altogether, this is a disappointing album. Springfield tries to rock a lot heavier than he'd ever done before. It's ultimately an attempt at grunge. That's not bad at all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a great CD, if you think you know Rick Springfield because of his hit Jessie's Girl, you need to listen to any of his last 4 cds. His music has gotten better each CD..
Published 12 months ago by mark jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A great rock album!
When I found out Rick Springfield was coming to our area next month, I decided to buy this album to sample his music. Impressed doesn't begin to describe how I feel. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jack455
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musician.
I love Rick Springfield's music. Very talented and a great songwriter. Different from his other music. Very deep and dark.
Published 15 months ago by Renaye Christoper
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Love this cd especially the track Angels of the Disappeared! Risk Springfield at his best. His voice only gets better as he gets older
Published 17 months ago by Rose Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intense Album
I love this Springfield album. I picked it recently based on some of the reviews. It is a really strong rock album and has an underlying intensity to it that I really like. Read more
Published 20 months ago by beb
5.0 out of 5 stars An Undeniable Masterpiece!!!!
Not a bad song on the entire CD. It kicks butt! Definitely his best ever!! Stop with the Cheap Trick already! It doesn't sound like any CT I have heard! Keep rockin' Rick!
Published on May 31, 2011 by RockOfTheMarne
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock? Denial? No. Awe and appreciattion
I'll admit I loved Jessie's Girl when it came out, but my sisters used to talk about how cute he was etc, and that kinda made me not want to listen to anymore. Read more
Published on April 28, 2010 by C. Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Rick at his best.
A wonderful collection of rock songs by an artist many thought peaked in the early 80's. The music has edge and the title of the CD is fitting. Read more
Published on January 7, 2010 by Midiander
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