Cheap Trick Special One BIG3
Produced By: Not Listed

Running Time: 46.50

Release Date: July 22

Released: US JP

Musical Style: Pop Rock

Links: Cheap Trick
Songs: 78%
Sound: 88%
Cheap Trick's new album comes some 6 years since 1997's self titled album and after several months of changing release dates.
Was it worth the wait? Yes. Is it a classic album? Not quite.
The Trick stick to what they do best on Special One, producing their own brand of feel good guitar driven power pop/rock, with signature quirkiness intact.
There are some classic moments on this album. But there are also some disappointments the main one being the overall pace of the album, it's very laid back and quiet soft in the scheme of things.
It's an aging and maturing Cheap Trick in places, but on the opening barnstormer Scent Of A Woman proves the band could have rocked more given the desired to.
The album is quite eclectic and varied, with a solid ensemble of tracks. A couple of songs are as heavy as you could possibly imagine this band being, while elsewhere, they are as soft as a wet tissue.
The only issue against total enjoyment is the lack of uptempo numbers style aside.
Track by Track:
Scent Of A Woman is a cracking feel good rocker that goes right back to the heart of what makes Cheap Trick special. One of their best tracks ever in my opinion and a sure fire hit had it been released in any other decade. Might even be some hope for it in 2003!
The tempo drops immediately for track two - Too Much. Despite the tempo drop, the song works really well here and is a great feel good mid-tempo pop track that would have been right at home on singer Robin Zander's solo album. Another possible radio hit.
Special One is a very moody, very slow track that takes some listening to before it can be appreciated. Another interesting track unlike anything else around right now, but one that does slow the pace of the album right down.
Pop Drone is another slow to start track, but once it's going, it at least picks up the pace a little. The track is very dark and moody and features a laid back chorus and several layers of instrumentation.
My Obsession is another uptempo number that comes just in the nick of time. This is another sweet, feel good pop track and another that fits the Zander solo style. One of the album's most instant tracks.
Words returns the album to a slow tempo. This is a pretty simple pop ballad that doesn't do a lot for me.
Sorry Boy is possibly one of the heaviest Cheap Trick tracks ever. Very dark and guitar heavy, even if the pace is slow to mid-tempo at best. A musically challenging track.
Best Friend is a cool angst ridden track that starts slow and builds. Another very dark and moody track. Zander really puts everything into the vocal.
If I Could is a mid-tempo pop/rock track that features a stronger chorus than the last couple of tracks. Continues the moody vibe of the album.
Low Life In High Heels and Hummer are basically the same track - sadly. One is 2.50 in length and the other 4 minutes. I am not sure why the two songs are broken up by a 2 second gap and two titles. The songs are largely instrumental and feature only a few vocal lines. The tracks have an interesting groove, but don't finish the album on a high note.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I'd have to say that there is enough here to keep Cheap Trick fans happy, but for the uninitiated, only a few really classic numbers to get excited about. Disappointing somewhat after the long wait, but good enough to prove there is still life in band that can still provide a touch of originality after all these years.
Recent Discography / Previously Reviewed
Cheap Trick
Music For Hangovers
Special One

Line Up
Robin Zander: Vocals
Rick Nielsen: Guitar
Ben E Carlos: Drums
Tom Petersson: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Cheap Trick
Robin Zander
Track Listing
Scent Of A Woman
Too Much
Special One
Pop Drone
My Obsession
Sorry Boy
Best Friend
If I Could
Low Life In High Heels
--*Best Tracks

25/09/03: Steve -
Rating: 55
By Cheap Trick's high standards, this is at best an average album.

22/08/03: MID -
Rating: 15
Ive been a Cheap Trick fan since they broke me out of my KISS obsession with the Heaven Tonight CD.......I have never been disappointed with any release by them since then.....until now! This completely sucks! What a let down after the last CD of new material called "Cheap Trick"......there is not one song to get excited over...they are all bland, boring songs with absolutley no life to them! Robin Zander is my favorite rock singer........and even he cant save these tunes!

22/08/03: Laura -
Rating: 85
A very good effort by Zander & Co. They keep their classic sound without getting in the rut that many other bands fall into. I caught Cheap Trick live in 2000 (SR-71 opened for them...A KILLER SHOW!) and was hoping this disk would have been out sooner, but it was well worth the wait! LS

05/08/03: Kevin -
Rating: 80
It's been a long time since CT has put out new material and they did fare well with SO. Very mid tempo paced album which was a bit of a disappointment but the album is solid overall. Scent of a woman and Too Much are the standouts on the album.

03/08/03: Jason Muzzell -
Rating: 85
Okay the last time i left a review here, i was ripped apart. (my review of Def Leppard's - X) Anyway this time is different. I loved this album, even after the first listen. i will agree that it does fall short of a classic, but well worth the purchase nonetheless. There you have it, i can give good reviews! But only where they are deserved.

02/08/03: Henrik Sjogren -
Rating: 88
This band is the greatest ! This album has the typical Cheap Trick feeling, catchy songs with emotions in ways many other artist cant. There best album in a long time.

02/08/03: Aaron Johnston -
Rating: 95
This CD ranks right up there among Trick's top 5. (first self titled, Next position please, Woke up with a monster, second self titled) Now the majority of my top trick is their "latest" output. They have always put out strong material, but their songwriting chops have matured, producing strong and versatile material. This disc may be the most varied. So far my favorite tracks are "Too much" I have too agree with the previous review, feels like a Zander solo effort, great! "Special one" Just when I thought I knew every type of nuance from Trick I hear this! "If I could" wonderful. The disc does in fact list production credits, the majority of the disc is by Chris Shaw & Cheap Trick, with nods by Dan the Automator, Cheap Trick & Jack Douglas(excellent) Cheap Trick & Steve Albini, And finally the combo of Cheap Trick, Chris Shaw & Steve Albini. Yes I can honestly say it is a MUST BUY! ENJOY!

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