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Album Review

After making a promising start with their self-titled debut, Loverboy hit the big time in 1981 with Get Lucky. This canny combination of AOR hooks and new wave production gloss boasts some memorable radio-ready tunes but isn't as solid an album as its success might lead one to believe. The best tunes on Get Lucky were the songs that became its hit singles: "Working for the Weekend" is a party anthem that blends some gutsy hard rock guitar riffs with a synthesizer-drenched new wave rhythm arrangement to become a huge hit, while "The Lucky Ones" layers clever lyrics about the jealousy that success inspires in others over a song that mixes pomp rock grandeur with a punchy AOR arrangement full of gutsy yet slick guitar riffs. Loverboy got additional airplay with "When It's Over," a moody power ballad that boasts a show-stoppingly emotional vocal performance from Mike Reno, and "Take Me to the Top," a sleek midtempo piece built on a hypnotic synthesizer arrangement. The rest of Get Lucky isn't as impressive as these hits because it relies on filler to pad the album out: "Gangs in the Street" is an overwrought song about street tensions whose lyrics are melodramatic to the point of being unintentionally funny, and "Emotional" is a sloppy bar band jam with annoyingly sexist lyrics and an awful vocal from Paul Dean. Due to this overabundance of less than stellar tracks, Get Lucky fails to be as consistent a listen as Loverboy or Keep It Up, but offers enough solid tracks to please the group's fans and AOR fanatics. Other listeners may want to check out the album's highlights on a compilation before picking it up. [This 25th Anniversary Edition, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Who knew this was getting the treatment?

A great Loverboy album, and a great rock album overall by any standard. "Working for the Weekend" is one of those iconic rock songs that will be heard on classic rock radio for the rest of time. But oddly enough, it's not among the songs I consider to be the best on the album. For me, the highlights of this album are "Take Me to the Top" and "Lucky Ones," two tracks which simultaneously encompass everything Loverboy did best AND everything that was great about Album Oriented Rock before MTV killed the format. Synthesizer mix with guitars over driving drum beats to create something that sounded modern and retro all at once. In a different world Loverboy might have been classified as "Alt rock" had the format existed in 1981 rather than living as fringe/"different" rock stars with the likes of The Cars, the J. Geils Band, Aldo Nova and the Tubes. No matter what the classification, this is an album that stands the test of time and I'm thrilled to see it remastered on iTunes. An easy buy.

Great remaster of a classic album

I wore this record out in the eighties and it was a mainstay of my CD collection so I was thrilled to find the remaster on iTunes. I must disagree with the All Music Guide view that "Emotional" is a "sloppy bar tune"--it just showed a different side of Loverboy and is a fun song. So many great songs on here--"Lucky Ones," "When It's Over," "Take Me To The Top" ... a solid album from start to finish. Yeah, "Gangs In The Street" is kind of melodramatic (and the video is hilariously bad) but it still fits in with the rest of the record. The previously unreleased songs are interesting additions--you can almost hear the bridge between the first record and this one in their sound--but aren't super-strong so you can understand why they were originally left off this record. Loverboy were slagged a lot even in their heyday but "Get Lucky" is a great example of early eighties arena rock. Now if only "Keep It Up" can get the same treatment!

Great Stuff

Honestly, this album is so loaded with awesome rock songs! If you want them to sound even better, crank them in a red 1972 Pontiac Le Mans with the windows down in summer!

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the most popular North American rock bands of the 1980s, Loverboy scored a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles with their canny blend of pop hooks and polished but energetic arena rock. Loverboy were formed in 1979 by vocalist Mike Reno and guitarist Paul Dean; both were veterans of Western Canada's rock scene (Reno had worked with the band Moxy, while Dean toured and recorded with Scrubbaloe Caine and Streetheart), and Dean was rehearsing with a new band in Calgary, Alberta. One...
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