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"Heaven's Falling" (1983)

Much to their consternation, Cheap Trick's collaborations with hit-making producers have frequently served only to dilute the group's sound without yielding desired rewards. Next Position Please, the group's 1983 collaboration with Todd Rundgren (Meatloaf, XTC) was no exception. While the songwriting is solid, the sound of the album is anemic, and lead single "I Can't Take It" failed to significantly impact the charts. The band should have placed its bets on "Heaven's Falling." Perhaps because it was actually a Rundgren composition, the producer's sonic fingerprint on the chorused guitar riff and pumping bass seems perfectly appropriate, and Robin Zander positively slays the dizzying vocal melody.