Ah yes! I have been waiting for this one for a while now and there is genuine reason to be excited about Cheap Trick’s latest opus In Another World. There is definitely something about the overwhelming positivity that radiates from this album and it feels like we really need this music right now. Right from the get go the vibrant and catchy melodies of Here Comes The Summer grabs attention straight away with the message that better things are ahead.
It would be easy for Cheap Trick to keep riding on the strength of their awesome back catalogue but they keep forging ahead with awesome new songs much to the delight of fans who have been enjoying their timeless rock classics for years. There’s still plenty of fire in the belly and why would they pull up stumps anytime soon?
In Another World, their twentieth studio album, can definitely stand proudly with the rest of the discography. There probably is some deeper meaning in the album title with what we all have experienced over the last twelve months. There’s plenty of light and shade in the thirteen songs on offer with a good mix of rock, Beatlesesque power pop and some calmer ballads. The opener Here Comes The Summer sets the tone before rolling in to the pop twist of Quit Waking Me Up. What a charmer! Ballad Another World is great but it’s the rock spirit of Boys & Girls & Rock N Roll and The Party that will get hips shaking.
The grittiness and ruggedness of The Party and Final Days gives that bluesy vibe but there is a softer side with the folk tinged So It Goes and the reflective I’ll See You Again. Light Up The Fire packs plenty of punch and another great trademark Cheap Trick rock moment on the album. Cheap Trick end with the bold Lennon cover Gimme Some Truth which was originally released on Record Store Day in 2019 (also features ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones). In Another World is a solid collection of songs and fingers crossed we will be able to hear some of these live on the Under The Southern Stars tour starting later this month.
Album Review By Rob Lyon