Rick Springfield – Songs for the End of the World [Review]

Rick Springfield – Songs for the End of the World
(2012, Universal Music Enterprises)

1. Wide Awake
2. Our Ship’s Sinking
3. I Hate Myself
4. You & Me
5. Gabriel
6. A Sign of Life
7. My Last Heartbeat
8. Joshua
9. Love Screws Me Up
10. I Found You
11. Depravity
12. One Way Street

Musicians:
Rick Springfield – Lead Vocals, Guitar
George Bernhardt – Guitar
Tim Pierce – Guitar
Dan Strain – Guitar
Matt Bissonette – Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Rodger Carter -Drums
George Nastos – Guitar
Richard Page – Vocals
John Waite – Vocals

Producer: Rick Springfield & Matt Bissonette

One of the biggest surprises of the year for me has been Songs for the End of the World. Sure, I know a handful of Rick Springfield’s hit and while I’ve never had a problem with them, I never felt truly compelled to seek out any of his albums. Well, I was aware this album was coming out but still wasn’t too interested in checking it out. Then I came across some extremely high praise for this album online and decided that I needed to see what the big deal was. My conclusion? This is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year.

Now, I’m not someone who has followed Rick Springfield throughout his career so perhaps his fanbase already knew what to expect from Rick but for anyone who remembers him for “Jessie’s Girl’ and being an ’80s heartthrob on a soap opera, there is nothing retro or ’80s about this album. Springfield has crafted a near perfect masterpiece of modern rock/pop with Songs for the End of the World. If this album had been released by an artist half (or a third) his age, we’d probably have some big radio hits to talk about here. Sadly, that’s not how the music business works these days but at 63 years old, Rick’s voice is fantastic, the lyrics are excellent, the production is amazingly well done and the songs themselves dig their way into your brain and decide to make themselves at home.

If Rick’s back catalog is even half as good as this album, I’ve really really been missing out. I’ve seen a number of critics online stating this is easily his best album since returning to recording music in 1999 and some sites are even going as far to say it’s one of his best albums PERIOD.

The first four tracks are outstanding: “Wide Awake” is a great opener, “Our Ship’s Sinking” and “I Hate Myself” are fantastic anthems that should go over HUGE with a live crowd and “You & Me” is the type of pop/rock ballad that should be all over radio.

“My Last Heartbeat”, “Depravity”, “I Found You” all have a very modern, dark heavier edge to them. “I Found You” especially. A band of twenty-somethings should wish they could write this good. “Love Screws Me Up” is yet another classic anthem that is sure to go down great in a live setting.

“One Way Street” and “A Sign of Life” are good songs but they are the only songs that song a bit less modern but not in a “oh, that sounds like an ’80s song” kind of way. Maybe “timeless” is the correct word? The only two tracks that fall flat with me are the ballads “Joshua” and “Gabriel”. I just can’t get into ’em.

If you’re a fan of melodic rock, you really have to pick this album up. I’m converted based off this album alone.

Highlights: “Wide Awake”, “Our Ship’s Sinking”, “I Hate Myself”, “You & Me”, “My Last Heartbeat”, “Love Screws Me Up”, “I Found You”, “Depravity”

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Posted on November 8, 2012, in Rick Springfield and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I was like you … I knew he had a big radio hit in the 80s — but I couldn’t even remember the title.
    “Jessie’s Girl”… oh yeah, I remember that song. It was pretty good, but I never considered buying a Rick Springfield album … but your post is making me reconsider.

  2. I urge you to check out Springield’s Shock Denial Anger Acceptance and Venus in Overdrive if you enjoyed his latest. IMO those shone even more , but I do like this latest, and agree with you on those weaker ballads. Yes, you’ve been missing out on his back catalog!

  3. You might want to purchase Shock Denial Anger Acceptance and Venus in Overdrive too.

  4. I’ve only rediscovered Rick Springfield 2 years ago when I was blown away by one of his concerts. I went back and listened to all of his stuff since 1999. He deserves to be on the radio. This new cd is awesome and I’m so glad Metal Misfit, that you took the time to listen. I’ve found that if I say I like Rick Springfield, I get this deer in the headlights look, but if I get them to listen or go to a concert, I have no problem convincing them that he indeed ROCKS!

  5. Based on this review I am considering purchasing this disc, I have always dug his hits, which I have a greatest hits collection from him, but this review has inspired me to dig deeper.

  6. I have always been a fan of RS and can tell y’all that from a rock perspective you gotta grab shock denial anger acceptance. His heaviest, darkest material ever.

    You are right about the industry. This cd should have radio hits but probably wont.

  7. Thanks for listening. That’s usually all it takes. And yes, you have been missing out! Check out the CDs Venus In Overdrive and Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance.
    And for goodness sake, catch him LIVE! It’ll wear you out just watching him! HIGH energy!

  8. S4EOW is a phenomenal offering from the amazing songwriting team of Springfield/Bissonette! I am pretty much a life-long RS fan… (missed a few CDs perhaps in the ’90s…) Since I live in Ontario, Canada it wasn’t easy to get to watch him perform live; hence, I never did. This year I went to “Rick & Friends” (or Rick-cation… Or… Party for 4 days like it’s the end of the world… Or…) down in Cancun where the whole of Club Med was reserved JUST FOR US! I have to say it was totally worth the wait and Ricky-boy ❤ did not disappoint in any way, shape or form. He played lots of S4EOW but held back on a few of the harder edged rockers that I love him so much for… Rick really delivers! It was one of THE best times I have had in a very long time. Next year at wherever this event is held… I AM THERE… On some beach somewhere in the States (rumour has it that the U.S. is where it’ll be… Key West? Waiting on tender hooks for this news) all of us Rick fans will be dancing in the sunshine to, “D-E-P-R-A-V-I-T-Y”, ” My Last Heartbeat”… Plus much more from S4EOW! I love love love Rick! Always have and always will! ❤❤❤

  9. This album gets in your bones! It utterly did something to my soul! Amazing just amazing!WHAT an AMAZING songwriter this guy is! If you never buy anything else,GET THIS ALBUM! You are going to take a rock n roll ride that you won’t wanna come off of!

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