Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick’s self-titled debut is a power pop tour de force that packs a punch harder than a heavyweight’s haymaker, mixing sneering punk rock energy with rousing melodies. Thrills abound from start to finish: Look to the jagged guitar blasts of “Hot Love” and its face-melting blues swagger, or the glittering, emotional burn of “Oh, Candy,” a tribute to a suicidal friend. The paranoid finale—“The Ballad of TV Violence (I’m Not the Only Boy)”—devolves into a wild wall-shaker to end the record on a dangerous note.

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