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Well, the CD cover certainly whets the appetite, with Alice’s eyes glaring at you from each grainy page, and a Gibson SG Custom making an overdue return to the mix. I can hardly wait! Outta my way!
What do you want from me? Is a capable track, nothing too clever, lyrics for the ordinary man, and a archetypal Alice guitar sound at 1 minute 17 seconds (if you’re quick), so we’re off to a reasonable start. Not so much kicking the garage door down as rebelliously leaving it unlocked overnight.
Between High School and old school is a track which us ‘traditionalist’ aficionados can relate to, another satisfactory track, but not one which finds Alice back to the boil.
Man of the year had me fooled initially, as the voice just doesn’t sound like Alice’s. There’s no snarl, no sneer, and no venom going on here, but it’s the best track of the album so far. It almost has the classic ‘Alice’ feel to it, is sharp, and has three gutsy plectrum scrapes - more than enough for old rocker like me.
Novocaine is bang on target. We’re out of the garage and halfway down an alley, and beginning to wish we'd kicked the garage door for the hell of it - bugger the bunions! We're being shown the good stuff with this simple, yet mature song, and at 1 minute 34 seconds there’s a nice dual bend of trebly guitar strings.
What we have here are 13 average to great tracks, all independent of each other, simple straightforward lyrics, first class musicianship and production. In short this is what Alice should have done years ago - say after 'Trash' (his last decent recordings).
On 'Eyes', the first track is a bit of a throwaway track - possible live material to fill between a couple of classic tracks. I would reccomend skipping straight to track 2, which rocks. We even get a smoocher in 'Be With You Awhile' - and it does not disappoint - if you like 'I Never Cry'.
An interesting track comes in 'This House Is Haunted' - a creepy number akin to 'Former Lee Warner' on 'DaDa' LP. In fact this track could come straight from 'DaDa'.
In short a good rocking CD, with plenty of variety for all Coop fans, with a smattering of the Garage feel we hear from the vaults from Spiders and Nazz - it is there, you can hear feel it in the production. As for the cover, it features a return to my favorite spider eye make up (aka Love It To Death). Yes!
Treat yourself. Let's just hope he plays 'Black JuJu' on the next tour. Come on Alice, please.
It rocks, but its not metal, its got melody but its not twee and its got the clever lyrics and Alice's humour. Fantastic.