Sometimes musical formulae do not change, and it is all for the best.
Sometimes musical formulae do not change, and it is all for the best. Cheap Trick's recipe has been immutable for nearly 30 years, and it still goes down tasty on the Illinois band's latest release, issued on its own imprint through Big3 Entertainment. Robin Zander's open-throated vocals are undimmed, Rick Nielsen's high-density guitar work pushes the pop-smart hard rock tunes along and bassist Tom Petersson and drummer Bun E. Carlos keep the bedrock solid. The quartet hasn't lost a step; all that separates this new entry from the band's '70s classics are a few up-to-date production touches. Fans and rock programmers will find plenty to love in such tracks as "Scent of a Woman," "My Obsession" and "If I Could." Cheap Trick's reliable tunefulness is in full force here; its music continues to be an irresistible confection.—CM