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After nearly ten years of silence, Rick Springfield returned to recording in the late '90s, releasing Karma in the last year of the decade. A lot can happen in ten years, and it's to Springfield's credit that he refuses to ignore the changes while building on his bedrock sound. While it evokes classic Springfield, Karma is certainly the work of a more mature artist. At times, it's a self-consciously mature artist — the lyrical subjects are usually serious, for instance — but it's nice to hear him add layers of acoustic guitars and keyboards. That's not to say that he doesn't rock at all on the record, but the majority of the album is, for want of a better phrase, a thinking man's AOR — music made by an aging arena rocker for his aging fans. And that's the reason why the album works. It doesn't try to recapture the exuberance of Working Class Dog, yet it stays true to that music while being the work of a rocker approaching 50. For longtime fans, that alone makes Karma worth hearing. [Karma was released in America several months after its initial release in Japan. The American edition eliminated the acoustic re-recording of "Jessie's Girl," which was a bonus track on the Japanese disc, but it did contain two new songs — "Big Beautiful Friday Night" and the spoken "His Last Words" — that didn't appear on the initial release.]

Customer Reviews


One of my favorite Rick Springfield albums. Give it a listen. Also look for his collaboration under Sahara Snow. Also an excellent album.


One of my favorite albums. Thank u!

Favorite Springfield Album

Excellent album. One of his best, but very unappreciated.


Born: August 23, 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australi

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 Rick's childhood,...
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