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'Welcome 2 My Nightmare', I think you're gonna like it., 18 Sept. 2011
There is a magic when Alice Cooper and his George Martin; that other legendary record producer Bob Ezrin, get together and create.
That magic is in plentiful supply on this sequel to their 1975 work of art.
This one is as instantly addictive as a Hammer House of Horror and will keep you awake, as there isn't a bad song on the album.
The variety and quality that the Coop served up on the albums of his 1970's heyday has returned to the menu, just as rock n' roll got too homogenized.
The genius of this record saves the music industry from the endless mundane rock releases of this century, quite simply this is the best work Alice has recorded since the sounds of the seventies when he was King.
From the haunting piano references to 'Steven' woven into a tapestry of a new nightmare, 'I Am Made Of You' sets the scene, sounding fresh and current with auto tune used for effect, but unlike Cher's 'Believe' this is also old school and believeable, as original Nightmare gunslinger Steve Hunter plays a guitar solo like there is no tomorrow.
'Caffeine' has more hooks than AC/DC and as 'The Nightmare Returns', 'A Runaway Train' takes the senses for a ride as the co written Dennis Dunaway offering sees him, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce reunited on record with the man who took the name of the greatest American band of the early seventies.
The chemistry is there for all to hear on the other two classics they all play on; the Smith co written 'I'll Bite Your Face Off' which could make it onto a Stones album and the disturbing nightmare of abuse, 'When Hell Comes Home', the Bruce contribution that reminds us what a great tunesmith he is.
'Last Man On Earth' emphasises that Alice is not afraid to throw a curve ball as he has done in the past, with the likes of 'Some Folks' and 'Crazy Little Child' and there is also a Jim Morrison feel to this one.
'Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever' and 'Ghouls Gone Wild' add that Alice Cooper light hearted yet twisted sense of humour in some sort of Disco Nightmare, but brilliant all the same.
There is even a tip of the hat to the King of Pop himself with the strong musical reference to 'Beat It', the Ke$ha collaboration on 'What Baby Wants', but Jackson went to Vincent Price after Alice, so it's pay back when this is surely released as a hit single?
The King of Shock Rock still delivers a ballad that only he and other original Nightmare guitar hero Dick Wagner could have come up with, 'Something To Remember Me By' was around years ago, but is now the 'Only Women Bleed' and 'I Never Cry' of this decade.
'The Underture' is the perfect ending to a great album, an orchesteral tour de force of both Nightmares, that sees both Hunter and Wagner on guitar on an Alice Cooper record again.
A great piece of work mixing old and new and bringing to the fore the emerging talent of Tommy Henriksen, a major contributor to the album.
Alice Cooper Welcome 2 My Nightmare, how are you gonna follow this?
Steven Crayn September 2011