June 15, 2006

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Cheap Trick, Rockford
Big3 Records, 2006

The good news is there's no bad news at all. It may be owed to time spent hanging out with Ministry's Al Jourgensen while contributing to the last Revolting Cocks album, but Cheap Trick's never pulled anything sicker. Robin Zander's been reborn as Roger Daltry, Rick Nielsen wants to be Johnny Ramone, and the whole onslaught starts off with a burst of rock truthiness called "Welcome to the World" that's the only gene-splicing of Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly" and the Banana Splits theme song known to medical science. Much as every kid in the world would love to write songs the way these guys do, it's such a stupid-simple formula that no one but this band would stay interested in it for - dear God - 33 years. And who else would even want to take Stone Temple Pilot's "Sex Type Thing" and turn that frown upside down ("Come On Come On Come On"), much less exhume Player's "It's Magic" gimpitude ("Oh Caroline")? Stop enjoying yourselves this instant. A

— Eric W. Saeger.


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