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Cheap Trick: Lap of Luxury (Epic) **½

Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 2 June 1988

EMPLOYING A variety of producers and stylistic retreads, Cheap Trick has spent the Eighties in a vain attempt to regain commercial and creative momentum. The Tricksters can't have failed to notice that, coincidentally or not, their fortunes sagged right after the departure of bassist extraordinaire Tom Petersson. Although all four albums since 1980's All Shook Up contained worthy examples of the band's melodic rock, none connected decisively with fans or radio programmers, and the group has been stuck in the living-death world of endless touring.

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