CHEAP TRICK – Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello (2016)
Finally it has arrived; the long awaited first CHEAP TRICK album since 2009, titled “Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello” to be released tomorrow April 1st.
Some classic rock bands limp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis of past reputation. On the other hand, Cheap Trick — the hard-charging, melodic rockers from Rockford, Ill. — is racing full speed ahead into the Rock Hall, fueled by its best album in decades.
“Bang Zoom Crazy … Hello” kicks off with a blast of feedback and a classic guitar-bass-and-drum roar on “Heart on the Line,” which would make a great concert opener if they ever tire of the traditional “Hello There.”
There are at least four potential hit singles on this album: a remake of the old Dobie Gray track “The In Crowd,” ‘‘Long Time No See Ya,” the clap-happy “Blood Red Lips” and “No Direction Home.”
As they have since the ‘70s, Cheap Trick infuses their songs with Beatle-esque harmonies, dramatic chord changes and progressions, and guitarist Rick Nielsen’s quirky solos, all atop a pounding beat that makes these songs easy to listen to and hard to forget.
And Nielsen’s son Daxx provides a shot of new energy replacing drummer Bun E. Carlos.
As a fanatic from way back, this album stands proudly next to the finest Cheap Trick have ever produced. “Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello” is quintessential Cheap Trick.
Cheap Trick is a true American original, a melodic rock / rock&pop institution that has thus far not surrendered to age, inertia or silly modern trends. Here’s hoping they never do.
Super, Highly Recommended.
01 – Heart On the Line
02 – No Direction Home
03 – When I Wake Up Tomorrow
04 – Do You Believe Me?
05 – Blood Red Lips
06 – Sing My Blues Away
07 – Roll Me
08 – The In Crowd
09 – Long Time No See Ya
10 – The Sun Never Sets
11 – All Strung Out
Robin Zander – Vocals, rhythm guitar
Rick Nielsen – Lead guitar
Tom Peterson – Bass
Daxx Nielson – Drums
Bun E. Carlos – Drums (not currently recording or touring)