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23 Jun. 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 23 Jun. 2009
  • Release Date: 23 Jun. 2009
  • Label: Cheap Trick Unlimited
  • Copyright: 2009 Cheap Trick Unlimited
  • Total Length: 40:58
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  • ASIN: B002C9RTJM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,452 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mick the Hat on 10 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Wow! 32 years on from their glorious first album and Cheap Trick continue to enjoy the longest Indian Summer on record. This is their fifth flat-out winner on the bounce (and that's not including two brilliant live sets) - how the hell do they do it? As the short but sweet Sleep Forever fades out to be replaced by Bun E's thumping tom-tom intro to their version of Slade's Lights Out (has their ever been a better band at playing covers?)you know you're in for a treat. Bursting with energy, alternating between beautifully melodic slower numbers and all-out rave-ups, this album is a peach. As other reviews have mentioned, Robin Zander is on great form (when isn't he?) but so are the whole band (ditto). It's a shame Rick seems to have virtually given up playing solos on record, but otherwise I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hayes on 23 Jun. 2009
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The heroes on the Latest album from Cheap Trick are undoubtedly vocalist Robin Zander and producer Juilan Raymond. Zander has rarely sounded so convincing and played a major part in writing the material too. His voice is simply magnificent on this album. Raymond, on the other hand, has done a marvellous job in making a disparate collection of re-worked tunes and abandoned demos sound like classic Cheap Trick.

Song by song?

"Sleep Forever" is a brief but beautiful memorial piece dedicated to the band's old chum and merchandise overlord John Candas. It's a song guaranteed to be played at every fan's funeral from this point on!

"When The Light's Are Out" is on a different subject, thankfully, and is Cheap Trick's fusion of a seventies' Slade cover and their own debut album opener, "Elo Kiddies". Already familiar to most fans through its earlier exposure via this website, but hugely enjoyable nonetheless.

"Miss Tomorrow" was penned by Robin and Dave Stewart in the early nineties, but omitted from Zander's excellent solo album. It eventually surfaced as an extra track on the European "Show Me Heaven" CD single. The version here is quite similar and finally gives the song the exposure it deserves.

"Sick Man Of Europe" is described elsewhere as Cheap Trick meets The Hives, and it does somewhat epitomize the Scandinavians' pop-punk stylings. Tom Petersson's bass is to the fore here and it's a highly infectious number, albeit clocking in at a little over the two minute mark.

Indeed, one criticism that might be levelled at "The Latest" is the brevity of some of the songs, with half a dozen less than three minutes long.

"These Days" is an early contender for standout track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Oct. 2009
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What a joy it is for me to be able to unhesitatingly give 'The Latest' Cheap Trick album 5 stars! When they returned to recording after a long hiatus and released 'Special One'- the worst album of their entire career, I feared it was all over. The songs on that album were poor and the bands timing even worse, in short they sounded like a bunch of guys that had finally fallen out of love with the game. Thankfully, the next album 'Rockford' proved me wrong in spectacular style - the Cheap Trick I loved so much were back but could they sustain it?

I need worry no more for 'The Latest' has everything all Cheap Trick fans could ever have hoped for. Robin Zander has never sounded so good, the band are right on the button and the songs all have sparkle and freshness about them. I know that some of these songs have been hanging around in the CT archives for a while but as someone with recording experience myself, I can tell you that it is never easy to 'pick up the baton' once you have dropped it for so long. Indeed there is usually every chance that you will end up doing an Axl Rose and spend 12 years remixing, re-recording and re-thinking to end up with a collage of ideas that don't sit well together at all.

Not a chance of that here, 'When The Lights Are Out' is a great, commercial 'pick me up' to follow the achingly raw 'Sleep Forever' while 'Miss Tomorrow' could easily be a hit single with it's chorus that jumps out of the speakers at you and just MAKES you sing along to it. 'Sick Man Of Europe' rocks as hard as the band have since the days of 'Auf Weidersehen' and even the ballads (or softer songs) like 'Miracle' and 'These Days' are right up there with tracks like 'This Time Around' and 'Mandocello'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Neil on 23 Aug. 2009
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Well this was a nice surprise!

I have to say although I was looking forward to hearing Cheap Tricks new CD I wasn't expecting an album as good as what we have here...

Both 2003's SPECIAL ONE and 2006's ROCKFORD contained some great moments but to be frank I thought Rockford was overrated by the critics, a bit "Cheap Trick by numbers" at times - not much depth.

Anyway fast forward to 2009 and I am thrilled to report that 'The Latest' is a triumph from start to finish.

It's easily the bands finest hour since CT'97.

As we have come to expect Mr. Zander, the vocals are breathtaking - he is well into his fifties now and the voice has lost nothing, he's just as good as he ever was - ditto Tom, Bun E & Rick!!!

The songs here are so well crafted, intelligent, punchy, dynamic, catchy & dripping in melody. Unlike the last two albums 'The Latest' does not blow hot and cold.

My favourites would have to be : SMILE - EVERYBODY KNOWS - THESE DAYS & CLOSER.

I've read a few reviews branding 'Smile' a bit too schmaltzy - I disagree. I think it's one of the best ballads Cheap Trick have ever done. I could play this song over and over again.

'Everybody Knows', again is top drawer stuff. I have to give Bun E in particular a mention here along with Robin's incredible vocals. The weight is perfect. Excellent track.

'These Days' is a welcome power ballad and 'Closer' is just lush! More strong emphasis on melody and killer hooks.

There are so many more treats to savour - the blistering 'Sick Man Of Europe', the gorgeous 'Sleep Forever' and the radio friendly 'Miss Tomorrow' again the band come up trumps with a signature chorus, tasteful backing vocals (ie. no high pitched nonsense from Rick!).
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