Rocket Science

Rocket Science

by Rick SpringfieldRick Springfield


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Rick Springfield released the big, bold Songs for the End of the World in 2012, just before he received a boost in credibility from Dave Grohl. The Foo Fighters leader featured Springfield in Sound City, his 2013 feature-length love letter to classic rock, and while its accompanying soundtrack wasn't a smash, it did help shift the conventional wisdom on Rick Springfield. Now, he was celebrated for his power pop and arena rock, two things that helped him land a plum role in Jonathan Demme's 2015 film Ricki and the Flash, where he played a puppy dog foil to Meryl Streep's aging lead. Springfield knocked his role out of the park, allowing himself to be vulnerable and funny, two qualities he sometimes avoids on record. Happily, Rocket Science -- the 2016 album that is his first since the great Rick renaissance of the 2010s -- finds the rocker acting looser than he's been in years, letting his gift for the frivolous sit alongside his yen to explore his spiritual side. These two sides complement each other, not merely as themes but also within the songs themselves: his sober songs are leavened by a light touch and the good times benefit from his disciplined construction. Springfield also samples several different sounds -- he stomps along on a back porch on "Miss Mayhem," ratchets up the energy for a bit of Celtic singalong on "All Hands on Deck," dabbles in R&B for "(I Wish I Had A) Concrete Heart" -- but the songs that hit the hardest are the ones where he gives himself over to his knack for surging power pop. The two opening cuts -- "Light This Party Up," a leftover from Ricki and the Flash, and "Down" -- may be the most indelible tunes in this vein, but Rocket Science works so well because Springfield allows this sense of joy to coarse through the record, a palpable energy that helps turn this into one of his best latter-day albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2016
Label: Frontiers Records
UPC: 8024391072226
catalogNumber: 107222
Rank: 70806

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Springfield   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
John Jorgenson   Pedal Steel Guitar
George Bernhardt   Guitar
Matt Bissonette   Bass,Background Vocals
Jim Cox   Keyboards
George Doering   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Craig Eastman   Fiddle
Jorge Palacios   Percussion,Drums
Chariya Bissonette   Background Vocals
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
George Nastos   Guitar
Steve Stokes   Banjo,Violin
Joshua Bissonette   Background Vocals
Dan Strain   Guitar
Robbie Wyckoff   Background Vocals
Niclas Lundin   Keyboards
Andreas Moe   Guitar
Buddy the Dog   Background Vocals
Brandon McGee   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rick Springfield   Composer,Producer
Matt Bissonette   Producer
Jeff Silverman   Arranger,Producer
Matty Spindel   Engineer
Jay DeMarcus   Composer
Kym DeGenaro   Art Direction
Jim Bullotta   Web Design
Bharadia   Composer
Kubler   Composer
Joshua Bissonette   Composer
Niclas Lundin   Composer
Andreas Moe   Composer

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