|4. Sex, death and money|
|5. Fantasy Man|
|6. Somewhere in the jungle|
|8. Sister Sara|
|9. Every woman has a name|
|10. I just wanna be God|
|11. It's much too late|
|12. The sentinel|
And yet he still comes up with new and original songs. His style has gotten heavier over the years (in particular the last two ...). But the lyrics are still intelligent, putting across very important points on our world and society.
If only modern rock could be even half as good ...
Unfortunately, though, a large number of nu-metal heads will overlook Alice Cooper as too old, and uncool. Well, the thing is, he is the original Marilyn Manson, and far superior. Where Manson will repeat too hate filled sentences over a repeated 4-bar tune, Alice will sing a story through the whole album, and have actual ideas withing these ... Not to mention interesting music !
I thouroughly recomend this album. It knocks any competition (Slipknot, MachineHead, BioHazard ... ) down and keeps on running.
Although not quite as good as Brutal Planet, and not up to the standards set out with such classics as Welcome To My Nightmare, and Billion Dollar Babies, this is still a great CD, and any Cooper fan, or rock fan, will be satisfied.
No-one writes better lyrics than Alice Cooper, and his raw, gritty voice has lost absolutely none of his power even now as he has entered his mid-fifties. Just listen to the evil Elvis-satire "Disgraceland" (is that really Cooper singing?!), or the poignant, yet powerful ballad "Every Woman Has A Name", a succesful throwback to the days of "Only Women Bleed".
This album is highlighted by the slow, sludgy rap/heavy fusion track "I Just Wanna Be God", "Every Woman Has A Name", the furious "Triggerman" and the harsh "Fantasy Man". Cooper's vocals has never been better, and this album finally restores him to his former glory.
No pop metal or prog-rock anthems here, just pure, unadulterated heavy metal. Pick up this album and enjoy once more the might of the great Alice Cooper.
The music and the subjects of the songs have changed over the decades and become much more contemporary, but that's what keeping pace is all about. There is enough power and hard edge here to give any of today's supposedly heavy outfits pause for thought.
It's fair to say that the album is similar in content to Brutal Planet but that is in itself the highest praise. The tracks are individual and include some very memorable riffs and lyrics. In keeping with Alice's perennial qualities, what differentiates this from the mindless noise served up routinely by younger bands,is the very easily recognisable tunes. Underpinning the Coop's work has always been his ability to produce a good rock & roll record and you can expect nothing different here.
It's difficult to pick a stand out track but my favourites are Triggerman, Sex, Death & Money, Sister Sara & It's Much Too Late. There are no cuts I would skip.
Having been at Wembley this year for the 2001 Brutal Planet show, I can't wait to see this new material performed live.
I bought the album yesterday and have played it 4 times. (On the day of release, of course.) Buy it now, if you have even the slightest interest in this type of music. You won't be disappointed.
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