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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
This CD is getting a pretty big publicity push, considering that most of the world (incorrectly) pigeon holes Rick Springfield as a one-hit wonder. The 4 different covers may sound like overkill or a money grab or whatever, but Universal Music wouldn't have spent the money to manufacture all of those different versions if they didn't think that anyone was going to buy them. And hopefully people will give this CD a chance. It's truly amazing that someone that has been in the music biz this long is putting out the most energetic, creative music of his career. Rick Springfield has somehow found this little niche between modern rock, current pop and 80's MTV-era big chorus arena rock. The songs are infectious, the lyrics are intelligent and the production is top notch. This CD never sounds like it's stuck in the 80s... but it's still accessible to any old Springfield fans that may not have heard anything that he's done in the past 20 years. And that's important. Rick is a damn good (and very underrated) songwriter, and his talent is what separates him from many of the other faces that once ruled MTV.

I took a girl to a Rick Springfield concert a few years back. She had no idea who he was or what kind of music that he played (some friends of hers had told her that Rick sang Country!) The only "current" artist that I could compare him to was Foo Fighters. If you take just about any Rick Springfield song and turn up the guitars and the distortion, you have Foo Fighters... very well crafted rock songs that have pop sing-along big choruses. All of you Springfield fans should listen to Wasting Light the latest Foo Fighters release and you'll see what I mean.

As for the songs on this CD, I won't review them one by one, you can just listen to the samples and get a pretty good idea of what's on the album. But I will say that there are a few hidden gems that are so perfectly produced, well written and well arranged that I've been listening to them more than any other songs. "Gabriel" is just a masterpiece... the chorus, the piano, the drums, the surprise slide guitar... the whole damn song is just PERFECTION. "A Sign of Life" is just plain fun to sing along to. "Joshua" has a bouncy positive 80s feel that keeps the whole CD moving along. "I Found You" is just... stunning. Gritty guitars throughout each verse and a haunting hypnotic melody... this is really good stuff.

The really astonishing thing about Rick is that he's still doing this in his 60s. That's crazy. He could easily just be doing the "oldies" circuit and riding on Best Of collections, but he's still taking chances on putting out new music. He's still writing deeply personal and thought provoking lyrics that never sound cheesy or forced or recycled from old songs. Every now and then a melody or a few notes will remind me of something from earlier albums, but in a good way... and of course you can always find a link to Jessie's Girl if you look hard enough. But there's nothing wrong with that. Rick Springfield knows who he is and he embraces his past while moving forward. As he continues to make music this amazing, his fans will follow, singing along the whole way.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Rick Springfield just knows how to craft good songs and good albums, plain and simple. And so much of what he brings to the table is missing from today's music. Good songwriting, emotional lyrics, and power pop/rock and roll like it was meant to be played. Springfield has taken a few breaks from recording over the years but aside from those gaps he has delivered consistent album after consistent album, with the themes and tones of his work varying slightly but staying true to what he has always done best.

"I Hate Myself" makes for a great single, the emotional guitar-studded ballad "You & Me" recalls the Gin Blossoms at their finest. "Gabriel" is a beautifully written ballad as well. As far as the rockers go, he may have his best set of hooks in decades, with "Wide Awake" and "Our Ship's Sinking" hitting hard right off the bat. This is an artist who knows what he does best, does not try to stretch the formula too far, but works like a craftsman. He has this type of music down to a science, and he has never sounded more immediate and enthusiastic as he does now, nearly three and a half decades into his career.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
Possibly Rick Springfield's best album ever. Incredibly powerful heavy guitar tracks balanced with beautifully crafted lyrical pop-rock ballads. The songs are infectious. Always current and relevant, Rick Springfield never disappoints. Be sure to get this new release! This album will make you forget Jessie's Girl and have you singing new Rick songs.....until the end of the world!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
All I can say is that Rick Springfield has done it again! Both musically and lyrically - this album is edgy and very modern! I loaded the album onto my phone the day I got the CD and I haven't stopped listening to it yet! I've always been a fan of RS's autobiographical, story telling, writing style and this album is no exception. Because he writes with a focus on real-life issues - I've always found his music to be VERY relateable! Not many artists have been able to survive the music industry beyond a few good years - but that is absolutely not the case for Rick Springfield! This album is proof he still has something relevant to say and that he continues to do what he does for a genuine love of music. With so many manufactured "artists" in music today, it's refreshing to have an artist that actually writes and plays on his own songs. You can definitely tell the difference between someone that just wants to be famous or a star - versus someone who produces music because they love it. In my opinion - Rick Springfield is a true artist and this album is by far one of his best yet! Can't wait for his tour to start so I can hear this songs live! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
This CD is beyond awesome. I think it's the best album that Rick has ever done. The publicity and appearances he did in NYC were first rate. His PR people are brilliant. I think even non RS fans will love this album!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
If you are thinking about buying this record, do not hesitate, if you can buy this at BEST BUY and get Rick's four bonus songs as well. From start to finish, every song on this record is a radio hit! Rick must of really had a creative explosion, enough for him to produce and sing "Songs For The End Of The WORLD" GREAT CONCEPT RECORD WITH EXCELLENT VOCALS, GREAT SONGS, GREAT PLAYING! Plus this CD comes with unbeleivable interactive material. It blew me away! This is my favorite Rick Springfield record to date! Rick, you did a FANTASTIC JOB! You still look and sound great and have really made a comeback with this record! I but alot of music and new releases, but I would have to say that this is "RECORD OF THE YEAR 2012"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I've been meaning to get here to write a review since my Amazon order arrived, but I've been to busy listening to the CD and enjoying the bonus content! Rick has embraced cyberspace with an app for both iDevices and Android which allows you to access bonus content for each of the four covers in the form of extra songs and videos from a private website. It's really cool! In addition, his merchandise site has an array of items based on the covers including a really awesome steampunk necklace and bracelet I've got to have! (To any friends or family reading this... my birthday and Christmas are just around the corner and Rick Merch ([...]) has gift cards!) Anyway back to the CD review - If you ever listened to Jessie's Girl (and who alive since 1981 hasn't?) then you owe it to yourself to give this one a listen! Rick always delivers strong lyrics with catchy chorus lines but the songs here will be in your head even when not listening to the CD. I love that we finally get a few ballad type songs with I Found You and Joshua, a song clearly written about Rick's love and concern for his son. Since there is different bonus content with each cover I also purchased from iTunes and Best Buy. The song Let Me In from the bonus of the Best Buy version a personal favorite. I love the entire CD from start to finish!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
I admit to being a life long Springfield fan. That said I am still just so impressed with this album. I think its his best since Living In Oz which had been a life long favorite album of mine. Ricks vocals are dead on, the music rocks and the production is phenomininal. This has so many great tracks on it you can't pick just one that stands out. He has created an album that could have at least 5 hits on it. Its catchy and it rocks in a way he hasn't since SDAA. This should pull in so many new fans or old ones who didn't know he was still making music. Really not a bad track on the whole album. I listened to it non stop for two weeks because I can't getthe ssongs out of my head! A must have for any and everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
"Songs for the end of the world" is a fantastic new collection of material from Rick Springfield. Energetic, original and catchy tunes that grab your attention and make you realize he is much more than an 80's heart throb. (Although have you seen the dude? He's 63 and STILL eye-candy)! From "Wide Awake" to "One Way Street" the CD had my attention and reminded me once again why I love this artist. CLEVER is Mr. Springfield for giving his FANS the opportunity to sing on "I Hate Myself"! As he sent out facebook requests, fans from all over the world sent in the requested video of themselves singing the chorus as instructed. ALL tracks sent in were used when recording the album and were even given credit on the CD jacket!:) My personal favorite on the album is "You and Me" which screams "hit" from beginning to end. An interactive artist like Rick keeps his fans coming back for more than 3 decades (as seen in the upcoming film "An Affair Of The Heart"). Since his autobio "Late Late At Night", came out a few years ago, his songs reflect his personality even more to his fans who didn't know him quite as well before the book. His fans are always hungry for more and with songs like "Our Ships Sinking" and "Love Screws Me Up" he certainly delivers on this new CD. The CD alone is outstanding, but the free app to unlock bonus content (different on each of the four CDs) is just BRILLIANT. I predict all artists will follow HIS lead on that. This one is a no-brainer, I ABSOLUTELY recommend this CD. A+

-Doreen- Radio Personality, Mix 107.7 & Lite 94.5fm Dayton, Ohio

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
Rick Springfield was my first concert I ever saw back in 1983 when he was at a near Zenith in popularity at the time. I was 9 years old and went with some neighborhood girls who loved him, my mom, and my brother who is 4 years older than me. I have always appreciated Rick's passion for his love of family and his Dad since I lost my Dad when I was a kid as well. I have longed probably since Rock of Life for Rick to write a record as good as this and he delivers from start to finish. I hope somewhere there is a radio programmer who decides to give Rick a solid shot at doing something else with this material other than resorting to playing the same old hits.

This is his strongest effort since the late 80s and that is saying something because this man hasn't stopped working and releasing material. Bravo Rick. You recorded something I honestly went in thinking was going to be weak to mediocre at best and fooled me...big time. Congrats and much success with this fantastic record.
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