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The Very Best of Cheap Trick

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Album Review

With their melodic pop song sense, driving guitars, and offbeat sense of absurd humor, Cheap Trick in many ways prefigured the alt rock explosion of the 1990s, and the best of their singles, most notably the catchy and clever "Surrender," the sly "Dream Police," and "I Want You to Want Me" have become staples of classic rock stations everywhere. This 15-song collection has all three of the above songs but lacks anything from the group's late-'80s "comeback," which was sparked by a charting version of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" in 1988, making it somewhat of an incomplete portrait of this fine pop band.

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outstandingly uplifting


Formed: 1975 in Rockford, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining a love for British guitar pop songcraft with crunching power chords and a flair for the absurd, Cheap Trick provided the necessary links between '60s pop, heavy metal, and punk. Led by guitarist Rick Nielsen, the band's early albums were filled with highly melodic, well-written songs that drew equally from the crafted pop of the Beatles, the sonic assault of the Who, and the tongue-in-cheek musical eclecticism and humor of the Move. Their sound provided a blueprint for both power pop and...
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