Busted is the 11th studio album by Cheap Trick, which was released in 1990 and peaked at #44 on the US album charts. After the success of Lap of Luxury with the single The Flame, the tricksters were allowed more creative control and unlike Lap of Luxury, professional songwriters were only used on a couple of songs . Again a conundrum ensues, a much better album than the song factory writing of Lap of Luxury, especially with the single "Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love" peaking at #12 on the US charts. When the tricksters write their own material they are at their best, yet the album wasn't as successful as Epic had wanted (c'mon a #12 single wasn't good enough?), and about a year after the release of Busted Epic Records dropped Cheap Trick from their label. If you're a Trick fan like me then you know Cheap Trick has had horrid luck with their record labels over the years. A damn crying shame for one of the best rock n roll bands in the world. Physical copies of the album have been out of print for several years (with the exception of Japan), but it was supposedly set to be re-released this year in the US along with the previous album Lap of Luxury in a 2-CD set. Haven't seen it yet. Yeah it really irks me to see Lap of Luxury gets better reviews and ratings than this album. Even saying that, there really is no such thing as a bad Cheap Trick album.
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