Picks and Pans Review: Lap of Luxury

updated 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/16/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Cheap Trick

Back to the drawing board, people. Obviously, even if we all ignore Cheap Trick, they won't go away. So we might as well settle back and try to enjoy their easygoing pop-rock antics. The boys from southern Illinois have made that task easier by giving us this LP, their most substantial record of this decade. It kicks off with Let Go, a wide, well-paved hard-rock theme with some catchy melodic detours and harmonies. Cheap Trick's cover of Elvis' Don't Be Cruel is a real sonic barn burner. The entire record features very attractive production values, courtesy of Richie Zito, who has somehow layered the sound to be almost 3-D in effect. Some of these songs are lumbering clichés, like Space ("I need some space/Come back some other time and place") or the insubstantial Ghost Town. But for the most part, Cheap Trick slips this sucker into gear and keeps it racing along. (Epic)

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