Something was different, Alice in a tuxedo,Alice without makeup.The band had gone taking some of their spark with them, but Nightmare had suprsing depths.
The guttral rasp of Devil's Food, the suprise of Only Women Bleed are the first indications that Alice Cooper MK2 was going to be worthwhile.
Nightmare introduced a hitherto lacking element, humour, into the music. Department of Youth, with it's unforgetable slant on Donny Osmond is the surely the best line i have ever heard in the midst of such heavy music.
Cold Ethyl needs just one play to suggest it was sure to become a stage favourite.The soundtrack trilogy Years Ago/Steven/Awakening requires classical music levels of listening to appreciate the true strength present.
The album closes with Escape, one of the most underated of all Alice tracks.This surely is John Lennon just back from his very first LSD trip and wanting to tell the whole world. A great song to close a fine album.Alice without his band could still be wild and interesting,and could still make great music.