The Latest (Cheap Trick Unlimited)
Weighing in with 13 songs spanning only 41 minutes, The Latest (also available in limited-edition vinyl and-whoa!-8-track via www.cheaptrick.com) finds the band pushing itself toward healthy experimentation. But Robin Zander's modulated vocals and the sweeping but unexpected orchestral effects don't detract from Cheap Trick's signature, often-imitated sound. If anything, the arty and ethereal "Sleep Forever" and the contemporary "Times of Our Lives" complement "When the Lights Are Out," a neat nugget recorded all the way back in 1976 but never included on an album until now.
Here's hoping The Latest won't be the last.
Cheap Trick will perform with Def Leppard and Poison at the Marcus Amphitheater on July 18.