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Rockford, Illinois, has long gone out of its way to pay homage to Cheap Trick -- without a doubt the town's most important export -- and now, more than three decades into their recording career, Rick Nielsen and company return the favor. The 12-track Rockford offers up a veritable crazy-quilt of styles that pick up the flavor of just about every pit stop the quartet have made along their quirk-filled trip through pop culture history. The disc packs more of a punch than any recent Cheap Trick release, with songs like the spiraling riff-fest "Come On Come On Come On" -- which goes the Von Bondies one better in both title and energy level -- and the surprisingly brawny "Welcome to the World." That's but one side of the Rubik's cube presented here, however: "If It Takes a Lifetime" wafts along with the sort of melodic urgency that imbued classics like "Surrender," while "Oh Claire" revisits the whip-smart bubble-pop that colored the margins of much of 1977's In Color. Yes, they also dip into the power balladry that gave them a second commercial life, circa "The Flame," on the Linda Perry-penned "Perfect Stranger" -- which, if nothing else, proves that Robin Zander's croon is still as dreamy as ever. It's only the icing on Rockford's cake, however, and that confection is as multi-layered and filled with surprises as anything Cheap Trick has ever cooked up.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Big3 Records
UPC: 0804983678825
catalogNumber: 36788
Rank: 9965

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheap Trick   Primary Artist
Robin Zander   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Kim Bullard   Keyboards
Bun E. Carlos   Drums,Background Vocals
Jack Douglas   Shaker
Rick Nielsen   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Petersson   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Damon Fox   Keyboards
Robin Taylor Zander   Background Vocals
Rick Neilsen   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Lloyd   Composer
Cheap Trick   Audio Production
Robin Zander   Composer
Steve Albini   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bun E. Carlos   Composer
Jack Douglas   Producer,Engineer
Roger Moutenot   Engineer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Julian Raymond   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Christopher Shaw   Producer,Engineer
Jim Beeman   Audio Production
Tom Petersson   Composer
Dave Frey   Management
Bryan Cook   Engineer
John "Woog" Johnson   Illustrations,Cover Art
Richie "Britley" Hughes   Art Direction
Tommy Jamin   Engineer
Carla Dragotti   Tour Manager
Jimmy Johnson   Engineer

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