Despite the delay, Dream Police was the instant, and perfect, follow-up to the band's new-found success. In many ways, Dream Police solidified every aspect of what Cheap Trick had been working towards since day one, and wove it all together into one perfectly simmered brew.
The album's title cut opens things up, and is so full of energy, excitement and flat-out fun, it was and still is irresistible.
With a simple one-two snare drum intro, things are off and running directly toward sheer jubilation. The driving strings occupy a similar place, and apply a similar effect to the looping synth run on "Surrender," which was, in a way, a cop from the Who 's "Baba O'Riley.
From the in-your-face power chord riff to Tom Petersson's surging bass lines, it is a tour de force -- with the a string-driven Who-like rave serving as icing on the cake. The song has remained a staple of every Cheap Trick show ever since, though when released as a the first single from the album, it failed to scale the mountain -- finishing only at No.
Before they began pulling it into live shows over the last few years, the song seemed all but forgotten. It's one of countless great rockers in the band's catalog. Again, the strings add a certain excitement here, just some nice coloring, never flooding the gate or weighing down the rock action at hand. As is so often the case, vocalist extraordinaire Zander shows off those pipes -- power and grace, truly one of the greatest singers in the history of rock 'n' roll. The circling riff alone makes this an instant classic, but add to that Bun E.
Carlos' powerhouse drumming and some unexpected lyrics, and it's suddenly one of the album's highlights. The guitar breaks let Nielsen shine throughout, and by song's end he gets to quoting lines from the Beatles and Yardbirds. From the four-on-the-floor beat to the infectious bass line, the rhythm alone makes it come to life. Ultimate Classic Rock. Billboard Magazine. October 6, November 29, Rolling Stone.
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