Busted But Not Beaten
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 02/05/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"So much outside influence had been exerted on "Lap Of Luxury," that you can almost hear the clashing of swords on "Busted." Cheap Trick wanted more control over the sound, Epic Records wanted another "Flame." Between the marketers and the musicians, some sort of balanced was reached. The end result is a album that is good but not inspired, and manages not to become a total bow wow ala "The Doctor.""Back'N'Blue" is the closest thing to a Stones knock off that Cheap Trick has ever attempted. It totally out rocks anything else on the CD. Almost as if to balance that kind of power, the title track sounds like a piece of modern rock radio piffle. "Can't Stop Falling Into Love" was the band's attempt at writing a hit ballad (it made the top twenty), the label honchos served up another Diane Warren contender with "When You Need Someone." What all parties seemed to miss (or at least until the "Authorized Greatest Hits" was released) was that the best song here was "Walk Away." This was the kind of song I longed to hear on my radio during those times, a near perfect power-pop-rock confection featuring the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. Although you can do better in your Cheap Trick CD collection, "Busted" is worth having on that single song alone."
Gitters | Allendale, IL United States | 10/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After the success of 1988's Lap of Luxury, Busted may disappoint some fans, who are looking for a carbon copy of Lap of Luxury. While, Busted didn't spawn any big hits it is a very good album. While Busted may not be Cheap Trick's best album it is certainly a very good, later day album from Cheap Trick. The biggest stand out is Can't Stop Fallin into Love, but all of the songs sound good. Busted is just one of those albums, that may not leave a lasting effect on you, but it does sound good while it's playing."