Back in 1997 Cheap Trick was finally getting their due. A great box set was out that showcased their trade mark sound, and a host of up and coming bands were giving Cheap Trick their props. Then Cheap Trick came out with this self titled, self produced cd, and jaws around the industry dropped. They made the perfect pop/rock record in the tradition of the Beatles, and the Kinks. How could a band in this stage of their career do this? After all most rock bands when they reach this stage of their career are forced to become a middle age over produced shadow of themselves. Cheap Trick, however took that myth and stood it upon its ear. There is not one mis-step here. Everything is dead on. From the growling "Anytime,"(One can here where Kurt Cobain learned his style) to the perfect pop of "Hard to Tell," and "Carnival Game," and the incredible "Say Goodbye," Cheap Trick had something to prove and prove it they did. There is power, hooks and wit on this cd that bands half their age would sell their soul to have. The most impressive thing about this cd was the sonic quality. Left to their own devices Cheap Trick nails their live sound for almost the first time on a studio recording. In other words they are ready and more than willing to rock. "Baby No More," "You Let a Lot of People Down," "Eight Miles Low," "Yeah, Yeah," "Wrong All Along," can all attest to this. This is the cd that Cheap Trick always had in them, but certain record labels would not let them make. To bad Red Ant went bankrupt soon after this cd was released or a lot of record industry people would have had to eat a lot of crow. This CD was not just one of the best cd's of 1997, but of the entire 90's. In a world full of dull gray bands that all sounded alike and dressed alike, this CD was like a full blast of color and personality all mixed together with a great sound that is timeless, and yes urgent as well. If you want a cd that combines the Beatles, Stones, The Who, the Move with a unique American twist that only Cheap Trick can provide, say hello to this cd. Don't be afraid this cd does not bite, unless you keep an eye on it,because it does have teeth.