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Fans in overdrive
on December 20, 2008
After reading so many positive reviews for this album, I had to take a listen to it. I thought I might be missing really special if I passed it up. Well, save your money kids. The reason there are no negative reviews for this album is because all of his die-hard fans are the only ones who've bought it, and obviously came to Amazon from a forum, where they were all instructed to write nothing but gushing prose. Until now.
I was extremely bored by this record, and I used to like Rick's music. Mind you, I haven't followed his singles since "Rock Of Life", but that's longer than the average music listener stuck around. There is nothing of the old Rick here - the Rick who could write snappy great 3 minute pop songs. Instead, he's gone the route of more of the same shiny, processed rock dreck the radio plays all the time. I would have never guessed it was Rick Springfield. Maybe bands like Sum 41, Fall Out Boy, etc etc. Sure, he sounds modern but that's not a good thing.
I could forgive Rick a little if he displayed some of his killer hook skills over the music, but sadly there are none. None of the melodies have any true staying power, and with bland generic music behind him, I quickly lost interest.
The songs dedicated to Sahara (a young fan who died too early) are the nicest-sounding and could stand up to repeated playings, but that's not saying very much when compared to the rest of the album, which is too slick.
He especially lost me on the "3 Warning Shots", where he unsubtlely sings about shooting Mark David Chapman in the head. I know Lennon's death was senseless but it's a very easy target, and Rick should know that violence only breeds more violence.
The truth must be told - try before you buy!