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4.5 out of 5
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31 Ratings
tommytoony ,

Certianly not his best

Rick Springfield's music tends to be a bit of a guilty pleasure for most. And whereas his breakthru hit "Working Class Dog" was more pleasure, this rushed follow up is more on the guilt side.

Obviously aimed squarely to captialize on his new teenaged female following (look at all the titles with the word "girl" in them), this one is more polished that the previous album, and lacks the power and energy that "...Dog" possessed. A few too many mid-tempo and ballads this time out. That and the songs just aren't quite as strong this time out. But the hooks are still plentiful. Sure, there are some clunkers (a limp cover of "Black Is Black" among them), but there are some fine pop gems here, especially "Don't Talk to Strangers", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Tonight", "Just One Kiss" and "Still Crazy For You". The only song approaching the energy of the first album is "Kristina".

There are some essential tracks here, most you can find on various greatest hits collections ("Written In Rock" anthology being the best of them), but this album isn't very essential as a whole. Not his best, but not bad.

14smoke14 ,

best springfield album

while working class dog broke r.s. through into the mainstream this album solidified his status as a bona fide pop superstar. this cd brings more hooks and melodies than any of his other material, hands down. dont get me wrong ,if you are looking for a more rock oriented cd in his library then go with living in oz which also deserves 4 stars but if you are looking for pure pop pleasure it doesnt get any sweeter than this

Bobula ,

Maybe Springfield's Best, certainly most consistent from start to finish

I Get Excited, What Kind of Fool Am I and Don't Talk to Strangers are all great songs. Among his very Best. Tonight is also a great song right up with those three. Calling All Girls is great too. Very solid. Not a song here as good as Jessie's Girl but the album is more solid from start to finish.

About Rick Springfield

Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the most well-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer-turned-soap opera star-turned-singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, to a military man; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Springfield's childhood, and he sought his escape from the difficulty of making friends in books and music. He formed a band in high school and eventually joined a '50s revival group called Rock House, moving on from there to join the teenybopper band Zoot in 1968. Zoot became one of the most popular groups in Australia until 1971, scoring several hits. Springfield went solo after the breakup and garnered his first U.S. success the following year with a re-recording of his Australian hit "Speak to the Sky"; the song reached number 14 in the U.S., but would prove to be his last major success for quite some time. Subsequent '70s albums stiffed, and record company difficulties prevented Springfield from recording after 1976.

In the meantime, Springfield had begun taking acting classes. He signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1980 and appeared on several television programs. Although Universal dropped him shortly thereafter, he was able to secure a recording contract with RCA on the strength of his demos; in the midst of recording his debut for the label, he was signed to play the young, eligible Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital in 1981. Springfield's popularity skyrocketed, setting the stage for the release of Working Class Dog later that year. Powered by the classic single "Jessie's Girl," which eventually hit the top of the charts, and the Top Ten follow-up "I've Done Everything for You," Working Class Dog was a smash success, and Springfield eventually returned to his first love of music when concerts conflicted with his television career. The follow-up, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, was released in 1982, spawning the Top Ten smash "Don't Talk to Strangers." 1983's Living in Oz offered more of the same, including the Top Ten "Affair of the Heart," although it betrayed signs that the gears were beginning to wear down on the Springfield machine.

He made the leap to the big screen in 1984 with Hard to Hold, which was much more successful at the box office than with critics; the soundtrack spawned his last Top Ten hit to date, "Love Somebody." His career seemed to bottom out afterward, although he recorded several more albums over the rest of the '80s, and continued to land television roles into the '90s. In 1999, Springfield returned with a new album, Karma. Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance and Day After Yesterday followed in 2004 and 2005, respectively. In 2007, Springfield released the holiday-themed Christmas with You, along with the Early Sound City Sessions collection. The following year, a live DVD documenting his ultra-popular '80s concerts (Beat of the Live Drum) was issued, as well as an album of all new material, Venus in Overdrive. A year later, he released the children's album My Precious Little One: Lullabies for a New Generation. In 2012, he returned to major labels, signing with Universal's Hip-O for a new album called Songs for the End of the World.

In early 2013, Springfield's profile got a boost when he appeared in Dave Grohl's documentary Sound City, in which Springfield spoke of his experiences recording at the California studio that gave the film its name. Springfield also appeared on the film's companion album, Sound City: Real to Reel, performing the song "The Man That Never Was" with members of Grohl's band the Foo Fighters. Springfield looked back at his career on an album of songs and stories, 2015's Stripped Down, but the record was overshadowed by his acclaimed performances in the second season of True Detective and, especially, his role in Jonathan Demme's Ricki & the Flash, where he held his own with Meryl Streep. Next up was the February 2016 release of Rocket Science, a studio album that featured songwriting collaborations with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady. Springfield returned in January 2018 with Snake King, a heavy blues album for Frontiers. ~ Steve Huey

HOMETOWN
Sydney, New South Wales, Australi
GENRE
Rock
BORN
August 23, 1949

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