1990's Razors Edge was my last stop with AC/DC, having moved to more diverse forms of Rock/Metal since.
Have to say that this impresses me! Excellent production, clear, natural and organic - and solid, hard rocking songs. The riffs are rocky, the drums are loud and proud and the bass is nicely up in the mix.
Brian Johnson has come in for some stick in recent years due to some raggedy vocals (Razors Edge was a little bit 'Donald Duck') but his vocals here are seriously as good as on Back In Black!! The star of the album by a long way! Power and feeling in equal measure.
The tracks gets better and better, highlights being Skies On Fire, Anything Goes, Rock N Roll Dream, Stormy May Day, She Likes Rock N Roll, Money Made (DC's answer to Rock Star??!) and the brooding title track.
One or two slightly naff tracks; Big Jack and War Machine.
No surprises here, no rap, no samples, no downtuning, no orchestras etc!!
Just decent Heavy Rock - This sounds almost like the missing link between Highway To Hell and Back In Black. Certainly not as out and out metallic as Fly On The Wall or Blow Up Your Video, there is a genuineley bluesey feel to the vocals and guitar, and the material feels VERY much Bon Scott era. The riffs and leads will just sear into your brain!
There are even hints of The Stones and Free to be found here!
Enjoyable, in a year of welcome returns from Judas Priest, Motorhead and Metallica.