Rick Springfield - Songs For The End Of The World
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Rick Springfield - Songs For The End Of The World

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Item #: 14534660
    Personnel: Rick Springfield (vocals, guitar); George Bernhardt (guitar); Matt Bissonette (keyboards, background vocals); Rodger Carter (drums); Ronnie Grinel (percussion). Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge. Recording information: Henson Studios, Los Angeles......more
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Artist: Springfield, Rick
Personnel: Rick Springfield (vocals, guitar); George Bernhardt (guitar); Matt Bissonette (keyboards, background vocals); Rodger Carter (drums); Ronnie Grinel (percussion). Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge. Recording information: Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Black Lagoon, Malibu, CA. Editor: Eric Caudieux. Photographer: Jay Gilbert. If the title of 2012's Songs for the End of the World sounds like Rick Springfield has a lot on his mind, well, that's because he does. He's purging himself of negativity, admitting "Love Screws Me Up," concerned that "Our Ship's Sinking," and pondering "My Last Heartbeat," scoring all this angst to thundering rhythms and heavy guitars. Sometimes all this aggression is released on rockers with sinewy power pop riffs or arena rockers but those are the exceptions to the rule because here, as it has been on every album he's made since roughly 1982, Springfield isn't about having fun. He is wrestling with big ideas and this time he's scored his mental bout with guitars so bombastic they feel throttling even when only a few acoustics are being strummed. Such sonic overkill fits the oversized emotions of Springfield's songs and even if the overall effect can be a little draining, song by song this is one of Springfield's strongest latter-day records, as the production matches the mood and the melodies are as muscular as the album's sound. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
See Also:
Working Class Dog, We Are the '80s, Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet, Written in Rock: The Rick Springfield Anthology
See Influences:
The Chantays, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, The Monkees, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cliff Richard & the Shadows, Bee Gees, Chicago, The Beach Boys, The Atlantics (Australia), The Buckinghams, Todd Rundgren, Elton John, The Partridge Family
See Contemporaries:
The Raspberries, Huey Lewis & the News, Shaun Cassidy, The Knack (US), Cheap Trick, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Loverboy, Daryl Hall, Eddie Money, Franke & the Knockouts, Bay City Rollers, Nick Gilder, REO Speedwagon, The Babys, Peter Frampton, Pat Benatar, Robert Palmer, The Producers, Aldo Nova, Billy Joel, The Romantics, Billy Squier, Lou Gramm, Eric Carmen
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Wide Awake
  2. 2 Our Ship's Sinking
  3. 3 I Hate Myself
  4. 4 You & Me
  5. 5 Gabriel
  6. 6 Sign of Life, A
  7. 7 My Last Heartbeat
  8. 8 Joshua
  9. 9 Love Screws Me Up
  10. 10 I Found You
  11. 11 Depravity
  12. 12 One Way Street
Rock & Pop
Hip-O Records
Matt Bissonette; Rick Springfield
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
SPARS Coding:
40 : 12
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