Special One (Bonus DVD)
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In the '90s, Trick shed some of its old baggage and forged a new identity. The pop smarts remained, but the band ditched the hyperactive wisecracker persona. After all, they'd become middle-aged men. So while late-period classics such as "Say Goodbye" and "Hard to Tell" still boiled over with hooks, the songs were darker, more grounded than heyday haymakers like "Southern Girls" and "She's Tight."
"Special One" finds this great American institution mining fresh gold from this fairly new groove. While the opening track, "Scent of a Woman," demonstrates the band can still kick out the power chords, the lyrics are earnest -- even annoyingly so. Still, the song is saved by a joltingly energetic bridge and an infectious overall enthusiasm. From there, "Special One" simmers down to a medium boil with "My Obsession" and "Too Much" taking top prizes for melody and crackerjack performances. While earlier ballads like "If You Want My Love" often came across as winningly jokey, these two are straight-shooters and the better for it.
Trick has always had a psychotic streak and they don't hide it for long on "Special One." The back-to-back desperation of "Sorry Boy" and "Best Friend" may put off fans seduced by the album's warm-hearted open.Read more ›
The band has taken a step beyond the power rock in the 1997 album. They've added a techno feel and some different rythms. More importantly, they have added this feel while still applying their signature. This is classic Cheap Trick with some new dimensions. This is exactly what you want from a band - Continuous evolution.
Lyrically speaking the album is their best. This is truly one of their best albums, and one of the best albums I've heard this year. If anyone has any suggestions of albums that are as good as this one, let me know.
I like this album for what it is: creative, different and classic Cheap Trick. I like it for what it isn't - 10 power pop love songs. Cheap trick is better than that and they've proved it on their last two albums.
Keep going guys, keep evloving and trying new things. You saved us from Disco once, now save us from 'nsync hell and John Mayer banality.
Scent of a Woman - Amazing! A truly amazing song, the best I've heard in years. It has a solid rhythm and a level of passion that is all but lost in today's rock. Sure it starts slow, but don't adjust the volume too much. This one will blow you away.
Too Much - A good rhythmic song with a classic Beatles-inspired Cheap Trick sound.
Special One - Continue's the band's love affair with Japan. An interesting listen because it's different sounding. You can find versions of this song that are actually sung in Japanese.
Pop Drone - A basic pop song, mildly interesting. Most people seem to like this one more than I do.
My Obsession - This is a nice rhythmic pop song with a good sound. I wouldn't be surprised to hear this on the radio.
Words - The album gets a bit slow at this point, but still good music. One reviewer described this song as "Double Fantasy"-era John Lennon. Perfect description.
Sorry Boy - A pounding rocker with a heavy, ominous sound. A nice break from the slow pop songs. Reminds me of "Anytime" from CT '97.
Best Friend - A musical journey into madness. Starts out safe enough, but builds into a screaming, thrashing monster. It'll make you sweat!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly as listed! I Love Cheap Trick and this is an ultra groovy addition to my collection! This has become my very favorite cd!! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Moon
Cheap trick special one is a special one. Great group, great songs, great album. I will listen to this frequently. It we delivered very fast. I would do business again, Very Happy! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Darin L Bower
It was great. Really liked the orange vinyl..Different cheap trick songs on this album but really cool!Published 20 months ago by Mike M.
Used to own this, sold it and just rebought it 'cause I missed the music on it - My Obsession and Pop Drone are excellent! 'Nuff said?Published on March 1, 2014 by Rick H
a good quality cd dvd combo a must for every cheap trick fan this band has passed the test of time and they are still rock'inPublished on December 25, 2013 by oilcan241
The sincere plus BONUS DVD has Woke Up with A Monster and He's a Whore!( two of my favorites) And the music is awesome! Why hasn't this group been given more fan recognition.Published on August 31, 2013 by gordo T.