Cheap Trick is the fine wine of Rock & Roll…they keep getting better with age. Okay, that was extremely cheesy if not entirely true! They are now on their 18th Studio album after 44 years together. To top it off, it has only been around 15 months since their last one, ‘Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello’. The new album picks up right where that album left off. ‘We’re All Alright!’ even takes it to the next level.
The album title, ‘We’re All Alright!’, is a line straight out of their classic song “Surrender” and the whole album is classic Cheap Trick. The album is a fast paced, juggernaut of pure Cheap Trick rock. The songs are generally around 3 minutes and the album flies by at only 33 minutes (45 for the deluxe edition). The album consists of new songs and some old songs that were never recorded or released.
For a band where the members are well into their 60’s, they sound so alive and refreshing and sound better than bands that are half their age. Robin Zander’s vocals are amazing and sound like he did when he was a kid. Rick Nielsen’s guitar work on the album is the highlight for me. So many great riffs and solos that music today is sorely missing. Tom Petersson’s work on the bass keeps everyone in line and adds the finishing touches to each song. Daxx Nielsen (Rick’s son) on drums has that old Cheap Trick sound and keep the band going at a heart stopping pace.