Songs for the End of the World
Though Rick Springfield was once a teen idol, he has also been a committed musician whose pop-rock has retained its charm all these years later. Songs For The End of The World sounds not like the end of the outside world, but an end to Springfield's own personal demons that have made it difficult for him to enjoy his success. "I Hate Myself" adds a layer of tense grittiness to the arena-sized production. These are big sounding songs. Guitars chime and burn. Beats explode. Harmonies are multi-tracked many times over to create the Def Leppard effect. Whether it be the modest mid-tempo, "You & Me" or the raging full-on rocker, "Our Ship's Sinking," Springfield's prepared to go out in grand style. Even the acoustic ballad, "Gabriel," pumps it up with an urgency that sounds as if Springfield is singing his heart out to the person in the last row of the stadium. Springfield grew up at a time when rock 'n roll was oversized and he's determined to remain true to his memories of his first love.