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Wheels Are Turnin’ by REO Speedwagon

Wheels Are Turnin' by REO Speedwagon

Album Review

Wheels Are Turnin’ blends clear, crisp ballads with high-energy pop/rock, which eventually gave REO Speedwagon four Top 40 singles, the same amount as Hi Infidelity credited them with four years earlier. Kevin Cronin’s writing is rock-solid, a delightful turnaround from 1982’s Good Trouble album. As one of the band’s best ballads, “Can’t Fight This Feeling” puts an elegant piano riff in front of Cronin’s earnest voice, presenting REO with its second number one single, while “I Do’ Wanna Know” is a turbulent ride of clean-cut guitar and up-and-down piano that comes off as well-crafted pop with a bite. Every track has the band sounding sharper and more alive, with even the less-extravagant material like “Break His Spell” and “Thru the Window” emanating merit. “One Lonely Night” throws the spotlight on Cronin’s voice, proving that his expertise at carrying out the slow stuff hasn’t dwindled, while “Live Every Moment” rounds out…




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