I am going to go against the majority rock lovers in the world and say that this is ac/dc's strongest album, even better than back in black! While back in black is a fantastic album with many great songs most notably hells bells, back in black and you shook me all night long i have to say that this comes out on top
Everything here is vintage ac/dc; stunnig angus riffs, screeching brian johnson vocals and rock soild bass and rhythm guitar. Brian Johnson's voice may have deteriorated a bit by the turn of the decade, but in a way that makes him sound so good, particulary on the bit at the start of thunderstruck. That goes perfectly with Angus's riff. The rest of the album is just as good with some standouts including the super catchy moneytalks and thumping, powerful title track.
All the ingredients for a fantastic ac/dc album are here with so many memorable riffs, clever lyrics and stunning solos. This was actually the first ac/dc album where the young brothers were the only songwriters, without brian as a co-lyricist. It has to be said they pull it off superbly well. While their lyrics were probably stronger in the era of the late Bon Scott, with no disrespect to him I prefer Brian Johnson, as i seem to prefer ac/dc's more hard rock style that they have adopted since brian came rather than their more punk style. That being said they were still amazing in the bon scott days.
Apart from back in black this was probably their most important album. They had stuttered a bit since for those about to rock and rock seemed to be running a bit dry. But they stuck to their guns and they didn't sell out. This was an essential factor in them making such a good album. For me, this album ranks with the greats- appetite for destruction, led zeppelin II and IV, the bends, obviously back in black and now muse's black holes and revalations. Whoever you are, this is a must have for your cd collection.