CD Review: Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield
Venus in Overdrive
New Door/UME
By David Chiu

Venus in Overdrive is the latest album from the veteran rocker/actor and it is arguably his best new work in a quite, perhaps since 1981’s Working Class Dog. Not sounding tired or complacent at this stage of his career, Springfield sounds revitalized and energetic thanks to some driving, heartfelt songs. He again draws on the themes of romantic angst that was the hallmark of past hits like “Jesse’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” with the title song (great line: “Sex got me buried alive”) and “What’s Victoria’s Secret?” The intense melodic rock never lets up throughout the record such as the artsy, Beatlesque “She” and “Saint Sahara.” It’s a bold and fresh entry into Springfield’s catalog proving that at 58 that he’s still has it.

See Rick Springfield perform “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”:


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