Out today (April 9th) is Cheap Trick's 20th studio album, In Another Word. The set, which was produced by Julian Raymond, includes the band's recent cover of John Lennon's 1971 Imagine classic, “Gimme Some Truth.” Cheap Trick's version was originally issued on vinyl in 2019 as a Black Friday Record Store Day release, and features the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones on guitar.
The set is available “digitally as well as on standard black vinyl and CD. Limited-edition blue and white splattered vinyl will be available at independent record stores nationwide. In addition, a limited-edition picture disc will be available exclusively via Target.”
Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander said in a statement announcing the album, “This band is held together by music. It's the super glue that keeps us writing and putting records out. The reason we started the band in the first place was to tour and write songs and put records out. If all that went away, there would be no point then, would there?”
We caught up with guitarist/songwriter Rick Nielsen and asked him to shed light on the material and recording of In Another World: “When we make records, we don't just make, like, a single and then hope the rest of it falls in place. We like it so that when you play the record, when you get to the end, you feel like starting at the beginning again. If it's got a thread of goodness in it, or, coolness in it, then it's worth pursuing. They all have good parts and bad parts, but I think we work harder on the bad parts than we do on the good parts. Y'know, the good parts, they're already good enough.”