The Latest

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The Latest
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Studio album by Cheap Trick
Released June 23, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Hard rock, power pop, AOR
Label Cheap Trick Unlimited
Producer Cheap Trick, Julian Raymond & Howard Willing
Cheap Trick chronology
The Latest
Sgt. Pepper Live
Singles from The Latest
  1. "When The Lights Are Out"
    Released: January 18, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B+[2]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[3]
Hard Rock Hideout (9/10)[4]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[5]
Spin (7/10)[6]

The Latest is the sixteenth studio album by the American power pop band Cheap Trick. The album was produced by Cheap Trick, Julian Raymond and Howard Willing and was released on June 23, 2009. The album was issued on standard CD as well as limited pressings of vinyl and 8-Track tapes. The album was released to retailers on July 21, 2009. "The Latest" debuted at number 78 on Billboard's Top 200 Charts.

A video for the cover of Slade's "When the Lights Are Out" has been released. The song was released exclusively through iTunes Australia in November, 2008.[7] The video is also available for viewing via the band's YouTube page. A video was also made for "Sick Man of Europe".

The track "Sleep Forever" was written in memory of a friend who died,[8] "Miss Tomorrow" was originally a B-side from Robin Zander's eponymous 1993 solo album, taken from the "Show Me Heaven" single,[9] whilst "Sick Man of Europe" was one of the band names used by Nielsen and Petersson in the early 1970s. "Everyday You Make Me Crazy" was originally written by the band as a Pepsi jingle from 1995[10] while "Alive" is a re-worked version of "What's in It for You", an outtake from the band's previous 2006 album Rockford.


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sleep Forever" - 1:37
  2. "When the Lights Are Out" (Slade cover) - 3:26
  3. "Miss Tomorrow" - 4:11
  4. "Sick Man of Europe" - 2:08
  5. "These Days" - 2:44
  6. "Miracle" - 3:47
  7. "Everyday You Make Me Crazy" - 1:17
  8. "California Girl" - 2:47
  9. "Everybody Knows" - 4:16
  10. "Alive" - 3:36
  11. "Times of Our Lives" - 3:59
  12. "Closer, The Ballad of Burt and Linda" - 3:00
  13. "Smile" - 4:12

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 78 1
U.S. Independent Albums Chart[11] 14 1
U.S. Rock Albums Chart[11] 36 1


Additional musicians[edit]