RICK SPRINGFIELD – Rocket Science [Best Buy Edition exclusive bonus tracks] (2016)
“Rocket Science“, the excellent new album by RICK SPRINGFIELD appeared few weeks ago, has and American edition only available at Best Buy shops featuring two juicy exclusive bonus tracks, both worthy of the investment.
Rick Springfield never disappoints… “Rocket Science” is another proof of his chameleonic talent. He never made the same album twice, and while here his music is more eclectic than ever, Rick continues his career renaissance with a stupendous new album. “Rocket Science” makes clear that Springfield can continue walking on this successful road made out of catchy rock tunes.
The first advanced single was “Light This Party Up” which is the opener of the new disc. The start couldn’t have been chosen much better, since this rockin’ melodic tune will light up every party.
“Down” follows. Number two on the tracklist is tasty rock song that is catchy but not cheesy. Springfield finds the right mixture to keep his cut true and authentic, something that’s reflected already in the opening double.
One of the coolest tracks on “Rocket Science” got the title “Miss Mayhem”. Starting slow and easy the song fits somewhere between melodic rock, blues and Americana. It’s a number that sticks out from the rest which makes it really special. However, it still fits into the context of this longplayer and is 100% Rick Springfield.
“Pay It Forward” is melodic pop perfection. Unbelievably catchy and driven by steel guitar, the country themed pop rocker is brilliant. Impossible not to sing along to.
“All Hands On Deck” is simply and extraordinary song and one of Rick’s fastest moving and catchiest songs ever. It is unlike anything he has ever recorded before.
“Rocket Science” comes also with some slower songs of which “Found” is the best one. Pure clean vocals and there’s another impossibly catchy hook. The song is every bit as essential as any other track here. It’s not a slow ballad by at stretch and features a full rounded chorus.
The exclusive bonus tracks on this Best Buy version are worthy as well.
On ‘Mercy’ Springfield delivers an uptempo melodic rocker harking back his glorious ’80s days but updated to the feel of his current musical sound. It’s ridiculously catchy and it’s a shame that was not included into the regular release. A must for Rick fans.
Then ‘Walkin’ In’ is superb melodious midtempo ballad with Springfield vocals in full shine, showing how a great singer he is in this territory (check the perfectly articulated verses in the second half of the track)
These two bonus tracks are without a doubt, among the best cuts on the album.
“Rocket Science” is the right album for Rick Springfield fans and everybody that was disappointed by Bon Jovi’s latest releases. Excellent melodic rock with an a strong American feel and a positive vibe – that’s Springfield’s newest album. A great teaser for the summertime.
01 – Light This Party Up
02 – Down
03 – That One
04 – The Best Damn Thing
05 – Miss Mayhem
06 – Pay It Forward
07 – Mercy [Best Buy exclusive Bonus]
08 – Found
09 – Walkin’ In [Best Buy exclusive Bonus]
10 – Crowded Solitude
11 – Let Me In
12 – All Hands on Deck
13 – We Connect
14 – (I Wish I Had A) Concrete Heart
15 – Earth to Angel
Lead Vocals, Guitars: Rick Springfield
Guitars: George Nastos, George Bernhardt, Tim Pierce
Bass and Background Vocals: Matt Bissonette
Drums and percussion: Jorge Palacios
Mandolins, Acoustic Guitar: George Doering
Keyboards: Jim Cox
Additional Background Vocals: Robbie Wyckoff, RS and Windy Wagner
Background Gang Vocals: Chariya and Josh Bissonette, Brandon Mgee and Buddy the dog
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