Lap of Luxury is the tenth studio album by Cheap Trick which came out in 1988. Considered by some to be their "comeback' album, that moniker never sat well with me because in my world they never went away. The record was created in the midst of much turmoil with their label at the time, Epic Records. Before its recording, original bassist Tom Petersson rejoined the group and Epic had determined that it was going to help with some of the songwriting, and the band agreed only to save their contract. Ironically, "factory ballad" The Flame became a #1 hit single, and the album quickly went platinum. Cheap Trick is my all time favorite band and out of all their work, this is the album I listen to the least. While there is no such thing as a bad Cheap Trick album, this is my least favorite. You can tell by the music that they were getting the screws put to them by Epic to produce a commercially viable record, so much of the music is formulaic. The band itself still points to this album as the one that restricted their range and boxed them into a sound that would eventually stall their recording career for most of the 1990s. That being said, this album is still so much better than most of the top 40 drivel of today's popular music. There are several decent cuts residing on this album and these are a couple of my faves.
Wrong Side of Love