Picks and Pans Review: Standing on the Edge
For more than a decade this Illinois quartet has been turning out the musical equivalent of James Bond movies: albums that are superficial but fast paced, slick and reliably entertaining. A two-year layoff preceding this album has paid off. Cheap Trick has come up with their most striking record since Dream Police in 1979. The material resembles their earlier music, and there is a sense that the band is enjoying itself once more. Edge marks the return of producer Jack Douglas, after George Martin, Todd Rundgren and others had tried their hands at turning Cheap Trick. Douglas makes his touch evident on How About You, a blues shout worthy of the Yardbirds. And the title single has the rabid energy of the group's first hit, Surrender. Cheap Trick's latest album proves that just a little tinkering can restore a middle-aged musical mechanism to prime operating condition. (Epic) (CD)
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