Songs for the End of the World

Songs for the End of the World

by Rick Springfield


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If the title of 2012's Songs for the End of the World sounds like Rick Springfield has a lot on his mind, well, that's because he does. He's purging himself of negativity, admitting "Love Screws Me Up," concerned that "Our Ship's Sinking," and pondering "My Last Heartbeat," scoring all this angst to thundering rhythms and heavy guitars. Sometimes all this aggression is released on rockers with sinewy power pop riffs or arena rockers but those are the exceptions to the rule because here, as it has been on every album he's made since roughly 1982, Springfield isn't about having fun. He is wrestling with big ideas and this time he's scored his mental bout with guitars so bombastic they feel throttling even when only a few acoustics are being strummed. Such sonic overkill fits the oversized emotions of Springfield's songs and even if the overall effect can be a little draining, song by song this is one of Springfield's strongest latter-day records, as the production matches the mood and the melodies are as muscular as the album's sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602537132768
catalogNumber: 001736002
Rank: 70792

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Springfield   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
John Waite   Vocals
George Bernhardt   Guitar
Matt Bissonette   Bass,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Richard Page   Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Rodger Carter   Drums
Ronnie Grinel   Percussion
George Nastos   Guitar
Dan Strain   Guitar
Bar Room Gang   Vocals
Ralph Burrison   Announcer

Technical Credits

Rick Springfield   Composer,Producer
George Bernhardt   Composer
Matt Bissonette   Composer,Producer
Matty Spindel   Engineer
Rodger Carter   Composer
Ronnie Grinel   Drum Technician
Kim Jakwerth   Publicity
Kym DeGenaro   Art Direction
Bobby Hartry   Composer
Ron Cohen   Composer
Jason Vandergriff   Engineer

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