Uncut (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "ALL SHOOK UP remains a creditable slice of irony-heavy pomp-pop..."
Cheap Trick: Robin Zander (vocals); Rick Nielsen (guitar, piano); Tom Petersson (bass); Bun E. Carlos (percussion).
Recorded at Air Studios, Montserrat, England.
ALL SHOOK UP was produced by George Martin, the genius behind the boards for the Beatles (and was also recorded by longtime Beatle engineer Geoff Emerick). But ALL SHOOK UP isn't any more Beatle-influenced than any other Trick album; in fact, with the exception of the majestic "World's Greatest Lover," which Martin actually arranged, the band mostly nods to other stylistic influences.
For instance, "Just Got Back" has '70s glam touches as well as a big percussion sound reminiscent of Adam and the Ants or Bow Wow Wow. Then the very funny "Baby Loves to Rock" (one of Robin Zander's best vocals ever) manages to reference the Yardbirds, early Led Zeppelin, and the Move. The splendidly titled "I Love You Honey But I Hate Your Friends" is a cross between EXILE-era Stones and the Faces with Rod Stewart. And "High Priest of Rhythmic Noise," fittingly, is heavy on the sound-effects and actually veers in the direction of techno.