In addition to their Herculean hold on arrested adolescence, Zander and company prove ever-skillful at the task they long ago mastered: beating choruses into the ground until they strike gold. These days, they more often hit clay, although "Sorry Boy" and "Too Much" are fine examples of the band's candy-coated Who sound. "My Obsession" can trump the latest indie power-pop, and "If I Could" employs little electronic touches that actually add melodic twists rather than coming off like old-guy trend-lagging touch-ups. Still, this record is packed with midtempo power ballads and a throwaway closer that was obviously tacked on at the last minute. But even if Cheap Trick's latest ain't so Special after all, at least it means it won't be long before the band comes through town and lets you scream along to "Surrender" again.
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