Trick Cheap Trick-(Red Ant)
Unlike many of their contemporaries like Survivor
and Foreigner, Cheap Trick has been able to hold on to a certain hip cachet. Perhaps
because their geek rock anthems like "Surrender" pointed the way for an entire
generation of wasted youth like Nirvana and Green Day, or perhaps because a lot of us got
laid the first time to "I Want You To Want Me." Or, perhaps because the band has
always stayed true to its musical ideals — well, okay, except for that brief late '80s
transgression with "The Flame."
Whatever, now that they are elder spokesmen for
the pop punk movement, I'd like to report that they are still producing very relevant
music. Sure, the new album is no Dream Police, but with the angry rant "Hard
To Tell" and the musical calliope "Carnival Game" and the Beatlesque single
"Say Goodbye," these guys still sound fresh, which is a hell of a lot more than
you can say about the last Green Day album. (7/97)
Jay S. Jacobs
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