Album Review: “In Color” By Cheap Trick
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A Landmark In Power Pop
For Cheap Trick’s sophomore album, they went for a more radio-friendly approach. It’s not as raw and powerful as their debut LP and is more on the pop side. It’s more polished but less visceral. With In Color, they brought in the big guns – killer hooks and unforgettable melodies. On paper, it seems pretentious – rockstars treading on pop territory. But one listen is all you need to recognize the sheer brilliance behind every number.
It’s a solid record and an enjoyable listening experience all the way through. While most of them didn’t stand the test of time, it’s undeniable that whatever success they amassed after the release of In Color was very much well-deserved.
The album starts out strong with the fist-pumping Hello There. Big Eyes is another addictive track and it’s one of the five songs included in their live album Cheap Trick at Budokan. Downed is trippy and psychedelic. I Want You to Want Me is a popular track although it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It’s a bit cheesy and campy. You’re All Talk is a clear highlight of side one.
Oh Caroline reminds us that there’s not one bad song on here. Clock Strikes Ten is a fast-paced number that easily takes you back to the ’70s. Southern Girls is a power pop classic. Come On, Come On is another fan favorite while So Good to See You is a fitting way to wrap up the LP.
In Color gave Cheap Trick the success they deserved. It’s a quintessential album from the ’70s.