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Legendary power-pop collective Cheap Trick set a new course with No Direction Home from their upcoming album Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello, due out April 1, their first on Big Machine Records. Pulsating riffs intertwine with the anthemic chorus in this first taste of new music in over five years from the iconic four-piece from Rockford, IL.
Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello follows the recent announcement about the band s forthcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The long-awaited news celebrates the pioneering sound that has lead to sales in excess of 20 MILLION and more than 40 international GOLD and PLATINUM certifications for their multi-award winning back catalogue. Cheap Trick s music has also been featured on more than 20 major feature film soundtracks.
Now into their fourth decade of recording, Bang Zoom Crazy...Hello marks Cheap Trick s 17th studio album and was produced by GRAMMY award-winning producer Julian Raymond. Firmly cemented as one of the most important bands in music history, the quartet will continue their reign as the top progenitors of power-pop through 2016 and beyond with the release of Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello.
Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe since 1974 for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock n roll. The band Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Daxx Nielsen (drums) are truly one-of-a-kind pioneers with an unparalleled streak of certifiably classic tunes such as Surrender, I Want You To Want Me and Dream Police.
Famous for having played over 5,000 shows in their career, Cheap Trick will hit the road again this summer in support of Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello and to celebrate their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The band will kick off the Rock Hall Three For All tour of the US alongside Heart and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, beginning July 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Michigan. The 30-date tour will culminate at Florida s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on September 23. Full Cheap Trick tour dates can be found at cheaptrick.com/tour-dates.
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Top Customer Reviews
I see a series of 5 star reviews and I didn't believe it. The last album that really hooked after 1 listen was the 1997 album and I don't think I listened to "Latest" more than a few times. But this album has bit and crunch and hooks that the last few just have been missing. This album goes from power rock to power pop - and never lets up. They even jam. This is a loose and happy band but tight as ever.
Yes folks this is prime Cheap Trick like we haven't heard in years.
"Bang, Zoom Crazy, Hello".... compares well to their best in my opinion. Hopefully these songs will be played live a lot.
Stand Out Tracks:
Heart on the Line
No Direction Home
Sing My Blues Away
Blood Red Lips
Long Time No See Ya
The Sun Never Sets
All of the above listed tracks are great Cheap Trick songs ranging in 'feel' from things that could've come off of the first few albums, to others that sound like they could've come from "Lap of Luxury" (no Flame here, sorry casual fans and ladies!. Cheap Trick fans everywhere else rejoice!). Some of the tunes sound a bit ELO influenced (Um, what else is new? See Downed and the Roy Wood songbook) but the rest are total Cheap Trick signature tunes.
The worst song on it for me is "The In Crowd". Just not a fan of the song in general, no matter who's version it is. The ones not mentioned are still good songs, but the ones above are the standouts.
Way to go Cheap Trick. Thank you for NOT doing an all covers album and thanks for kicking a** at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame show and silencing anybody who could possibly have a problem with you guys being there. It'd be nice if Bun were still here, but stuff happens and things change.
Second, I wonder how Daxx Nielsen feels stepping in? I mean, it's not like he can do whatever he wants to with dear old dad's band, can he? That being said, he brings the heat on drums here.
Third, what a 'cheap trick' to release your first album in seven years the week before you're inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! It's was their highest charting album in the Billboard Top 200 chart since 1988's "Lap of Luxury". Ha ha. Very strategic.
Okay, so I've been a fan of Cheap Trick since 1982's "One On One" when I saw their pair of videos for "If You Want My Love" and "She's Tight". However, I didn't actually buy my first Cheap Trick album until 1988's "Lap of Luxury". I know, I know, how could I? But, sorry to say, that's how younger generations do things. They don't start with a band's best album, they start with what's hot, and what's new. Don't worry, I eventually went back in time and collected all of their albums before "Lap of Luxury". And, don't worry, I don't consider "Lap of Luxury" their BEST album. I know now they were under label pressure to incorporate outside song writers to have a hit record, and funny enough, "The Flame" was it.
Like the other reviewers I've read here, I, too, have felt that the last three Cheap Trick albums have just missed that magical something. They've been okay, but not great. And, like other reviewers have already stated here, I agree that this is their best work since 1997's "Cheap Trick" album (19 years ago!).
After repeated listens, I have decided that the first five tracks, "Heart On The Line", "No Direction Home", "When I Wake Up Tomorrow", "Do You Believe Me?" and "Blood Red Lips" are all in the vein of that classic "Cheap Trick" sound circa 1977-1979. I'll admit I wasn't too keen about "Sing My Blues Away", or even "Roll Me". They both feel like throwaways. Things get back on track with the arch "The In Crowd", followed by "Long Time No See Ya". I didn't really care for "The Sun Never Sets", and, in fact, I consider it the weakest of all the tracks here. Finally, the album ends with a traditionally 'weird' Cheap Trick song "All Strung Out" with what sounds like a laundry list of non-sequitur.
But, Cheap Trick prove that they still have the musical chops to make a hook and something memorable. They prove once more, that they have the musical muscle and might to rock hard when they feel like it. Robin Zander proves he still has the vocal prowess to deliver the goods over 60. In fact, dare I say that this latest Cheap Trick album rocks harder than the last AC/DC album? Well, it does.
I just wonder if this is a one-off, or if the band are serious and re-charged? I mean, don't yank our chains here. Will there be more new material soon, or do we have to wait another seven years? Or, is this it? No more new material ever again? That would be a shame because this kind of music is rare now. We need aged rockers to show the young ones how it's done. But, how can we give Cheap Trick more exposure in this day and age of collapsing music businesses and internet posers? The problem is that Cheap Trick don't get seen and heard like they need to be. The generation in their teens and 20's now know nothing about Cheap Trick unless their parents introduced them. Although this new album charted high, it won't receive the airplay it deserves like the good old days.
This Julian Raymond who co-wrote most of the songs and co-produced the album--keep him around for the next one please.
Lastly, some reviewers here have commented that this new album sounds like re-hashes of other Cheap Trick songs. Well, okay. I'll give you that, but this is the first album to sound like that classic Cheap Trick sound in nearly 20 years, so am I going to complain that they should have gone off the rails and given us some bizarre new version of themselves? Nope, because they can do that with their next album (and they probably will!)
Anyway, here's how "Bang, Zoom, Crazy....Hello...compares to Cheap Tricks previous works:
1977 Cheap Trick: Five Stars
1977 In Color: Five Stars
1978 Heaven Tonight: Five Stars
1979 Dream Police: Five Stars
1980 All Shook Up: Two and a Half Stars
1982 One On One: Four Stars
1983 Next Position Please: Five Stars
1985 Standing On The Edge: Two Stars
1986 The Doctor: Two Stars
1988 Lap Of Luxury: Three Stars
1990 Busted: Three Stars
1994 Woke Up With A Monster: Four Stars
1997 Cheap Trick: Four Stars
2003 Special One: Three Stars
2006 Rockford: Two and a Half Stars
2009 The Latest: Three Stars
2016 Bang, Zoom, Crazy...Hello...: Four Stars
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