STYLE: AOR/Melodic Hard Rock
If you're going to recycle guitar parts from your older songs, it's best to pick something no one remembers -- the way David Gilmour did on Pink Floyd's 1994 song "What Do You Want From Me," with a solo lifted from an obscure tune on his 1978 solo album.
That must have been too subtle for Rick Springfield, the Australian-born actor and singer who opens his latest album by repurposing the riff from his most popular song. Go ahead: Hum the melody from "Jessie's Girl" along with "What's Victoria's Secret?" -- it's a match. Maybe Victoria's secret is that she was Jessie's girl.
At least Springfield wrote the part, which is probably the best thing you can say about "Venus In Overdrive" (New Door/Universal). It's a slick collection heavy on pop hooks and packed with glossy guitars and studio-perfect bass and drums. Too perfect, in fact: these 12 songs have had all the personality produced right out of them.
What's left is a glib assortment of tunes that are supposed to be alternately wise and wry about life and love. Some of them are catchy -- the stately, chiming guitar on the Coldplay homage "Oblivious," or the attempt to evoke Neil Diamond on "Saint Sahara." Mostly, though, they just sound insincere
1. What's Victoria's Secret?
2. I'll Miss That Someday
3. Venus In Overdrive
4. One Passenger
6. 3 Warning Shots
7. Time Stand Still
8. God Blinked (Swing It Sister)
9. Mr. PC
11. Nothing Is Ever Lost
12. Saint Sahara