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Cheap Trick 7/7/1987

Review

At Budokan unexpectedly made Cheap Trick stars, largely because "I Want You to Want Me" had a tougher sound than its original studio incarnation. Perversely -- and most things Cheap Trick have done are somehow perverse -- the band decided not to continue with the direct, stripped-down sound of At Budokan, which would have been a return to their debut. Instead, the group went for their biggest, most elaborate production to date, taking the synthesized flourishes of Heaven Tonight to extremes. While it kept the group in the charts, it lessened the impact of the music. Underneath the gloss, there are a number of songs that rank among Cheap Trick's finest, particularly the paranoid title track, the epic rocker "Gonna Raise Hell," the tough "I Know What I Want," the simple pop of "Voices," and the closer, "Need Your Love." Still, Dream Police feels like a letdown in comparison to its predecessors, even though it would later feel like one of the group's last high-water marks. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Dream Police Cheap Trick 3:47
  3. 2 Way of the World Cheap Trick 3:30
  4. 3 The House Is Rockin' (With Domestic Problems) Cheap Trick 5:4
  5. 4 Gonna Raise Hell Cheap Trick 9:10
  6. 5 I'll Be With You Tonight Cheap Trick 3:49
  7. 6 Voices Cheap Trick 4:14
  8. 7 Writing on the Wall Cheap Trick 3:22
  9. 8 I Know What I Want Cheap Trick 4:21
  10. 9 Need Your Love Cheap Trick 7:33

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