There are many bands that do not need an introduction, with Cheap Trick definitely being one of those. If you are reading this review then it is likely that you have experienced Cheap Trick in one way or another, whether you have had the pleasure of experiencing one of their live shows, your dad was obsessed with them or you simply know ‘Surrender’ from Guitar Hero. However, if you have lived under a rock since 1973 or you haven’t yet discovered the wonders of good old fashioned American rock and roll, Cheap Trick are arguably one of the most famous rock bands in the world and ‘We’re All Alright’ is their eighteenth studio album.
Right from the get-go Cheap Trick prove that they are back with a vengeance. The opening riff of ‘You’ve Got It Going On’ is powerful and dramatic; exactly what you want from a rock song. It is easy to hear exactly how passionate the band is about creating new music and you can feel the energy in every word and guitar riff. The repetitive nature of the chorus makes it easy for the listener to get involved and it is almost impossible not to sing along.
‘Long Time Coming’ was the first single to be released from the album back in April and it certainly still packs a punch. One of the best features of this song is the guitar work, with the guitar solo at around the two minute mark being particularly noteworthy.
The entire album consists of ten songs and although the album only lasts thirty three minutes it definitely leaves the listener with a lasting impression. It is exciting to hear new music from a band that have been going for such a long time, and it makes it even better when the music itself sounds refreshing and new.
Cheap Trick have managed to prove that rock and roll is far from dead. Many bands who release albums 44 years after their formation can be seen as ‘has-beens’, however, Cheap Trick still have lots of life left in them. Although this album may not be a masterpiece, it is clearly apparent that Robin Zander and co. enjoyed making this album, and the feel-good vibes are definitely infectious.
Cheap Trick have managed to prove that they are still going strong after over forty years together. 'We're All Alright' is jam-packed full of fun and infectious rock songs.