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Constrictor
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2008
Alice entered into what was to become the blood soaked years of 86/7/8! Alice had a new found passion and back was the trademark make up. Rambo guitarist Kane roberts gave all the tracks energy with his dynamite riffs!!! the pair together was a tour de force! my all time favourite song by Alice is Teenage frankenstein, a powerful tune that when herd you have to listen! Life and death of the party is another favourite, and then you have He's back the man behind the mask awesome theme from friday 13th pt6. I also am a fan of jason,so having Alice teaming up with jason is just magical!! A triumphant return from drunken obscurity!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2010
I would assume you are here because you're an Alice Cooper fan, and you've probably heard Man Behind The Mask or you are wishing to complete your collection of 25-ish Cooper studio albums. Well, this is a very curious album. It's full of glam metal-type hits heavily influenced by the trends of the time (sadly, Alice has been a trend chaser rather than setter since Flush The Fashion). It is one hell of a guilty pleasure album. This reviewer personally finds his early 80s so-called 'wilderness albums' far more beguiling and creative than these late 80s albums that put his name back on the map so to speak, and the dire production nigh-on sinks it. Yet there is much to enjoy: the rousing Teenage Frankenstein, the irreverent humour of Thrill My Gorilla, and the only song I consider to be close to an actual Cooper song on the album, Simple Disobedience. Sadly, this is the album's main problem- none of it sounds much like Alice. It's an 80s digest Alice, buffered and polished into a pop-rock package. Thankfully, things were looking up post-Constrictor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2000
Ok, this is an oddball album for me. It's 1986, Alice decides rightly to ditch the new wave sound that he had established in the early 80's. So what sound does Alice go for? Well, this album sounds like any other cheezy 80's stadium metal band. Not necessarily heavy, but loads of wailing guitar solos, and dodgy lyrics. I do like many of the songs on the album, eg 'Life and death of the party', 'Teenage Frankenstein'. Although, i find the production a little quiet at times, which affects the punch of the album. Maybe if they had played more heavy riffs and less guitar gymnastic solos it could have worked better. A good effort, even if you get the impression that Alice is jumping on the bandwagon.
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on 1 December 2009
Constrictor is the 1986 album by Alice Cooper. This album has 2 singles called "Teenage Frankenstein" & "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)", which was the theme song for Friday The 13th Part IV: Jason Lives (1986).

I will rate each track and explain why:-

1. Teenage Frankenstein 10/10 - This is the first single of the album, and is a great opener to the album. This song has great lyrics and a fantastic chorus.

2. Give It Up 10/10 - This song is really good, it has a great guitar solo at the beginning of the song, and all the way through, the song gets better and better!

3. Thrill My Gorilla 8/10 - This song reminds me of "Give It Up", but with different lyrics. The song isn't too bad but i would say that this song is far from the best on this album.

4. Life And Death At The Party 10/10 - This song is just Fantastic! The song is just everything you want from Alice Cooper. The song has such a great chorus, really is the worth a listen to.

5. Simple Disobedience 8/10 - This is a weak song. I would say in my opinion this is the worse song on the album. The song is weak and the chorus is catchy enough for me.

6. The World Needs Guts 9/10 - This song is good i think, the song has a great fast paced rocky theme to it, and gets you rocking with Alice.

7. Trick Bag 10/10 - This song is such a great song, this song has a great chorus and a good bridge leading to the chorus as well.

8. Crawlin' 10/10 - This song is just fantastic again! The song has a great chorus/bridge and great lyrics. This song is well worth the listen.

9. The Great American Success Story 9/10 - This song isn't to bad to listen to. The song has a good enough chorus to listen to, so it isn't at all bad.

10. He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) 10/10 - This song is just the best fantastic song on the album! This is the theme song to Friday The 13th Part IV: Jason Lives. Even though its a theme song to a horror film, the song is just so great to listen too.

In conclusion this album is 4/5 or 9/10 because the album has such weak songs on it. The best songs for me (In order) are: "He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)", "Life And Death At The Party", "Give It Up", "Crawlin'", "Trick Bag" & "Teenage Frankenstein". If you really like Alice Cooper's earlier albums this may be abit different but its a good Alice Cooper 1980s album.
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After a spell in rehab, Alice Cooper started making music again with the album 'Constrictor', released in 1986. Although relatively successful, it didn't light any bonfires and has since received some unfair negative reviews. Whilst it isn't his best work, there is lots to appeal to the true fan here.

The highlight for me is 'He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)', which should have been a big hit. If this one sounds already familiar, you've probably heard it as the credits rolled after the film 'Friday the 13th Part VI'. Other highlights include the brilliant opener 'Teenage Frankenstein', and 'Life And Death Of The Party', which has a catchy-as-hell hook. Despite the odd title, 'Thrill My Gorilla' is a good song, and 'Simple Disobedience' becomes strangely addictive fast.

Alice has recorded many albums of many styles, and 'Constrictor' should be filed under 'pop metal'. It was a great comeback after a few releases of lesser quality, and made people stand up and realise that his glory days were not over. Of course, it was only three years later when, with the help of producer Desmond Child, he conquered the charts again with 'Trash', I do however regard the much lesser known 'Constrictor' as better in many ways.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After some time out, the man behind the mask returned with this classic piece of 80's rock-pop. The great guitar work mixed in with some in your face synthesisor sounds combine to make this a happy sounding, but kick ass album. There are several highlights, but my personal favourite is He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) which was the theme tune to Friday the 13th pt6, but could also be about Alice himself!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2004
This is a fantastic album by Mr Cooper. It's a good style he's got here, while he's toyed around with quite a few, it's this this good old soft rock sound that he's really comfortable in. The lyrics are what really make a good Alice Cooper album and this one's got great lyrics.
'Life and Death of the party' is my favorite pick and is fantastically dark sounding and get's me thinking about a few girls I know. 'He's Back', another brilliantly dark song, I like to walk around and pretend he's singing about me, (sad), 'The world need guts' is a nice rebelious one with some pretty fast guitar work, 'teanage frankenstein' - another brilliant teen anthem from the man who brought us 'school's out' and 'eighteen', while the chorus of simple disobedience is eerie and sounds like something from a musical, 'crawling' is another more popular of his - and justifiably so. A few of them are less inspired, like 'Trick Bag', but there are enough fantastic and hard to find songs on here to make you forget the fillers, (which aren't actually bad, just less inspired).
This was my first of his albums after classiks, and I found it to be accessible, not too poppy, not too heavy and emotive. A great introduction. I then moved onto the less accessible but equally brilliant early album 'Killer'.
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on 29 August 2013
Alice Cooper has shedded his skin several times and renewed himself. One of the times he did it, was with this album. And it worked great. Fun glamhorror-rock, not to be taken too seriously. Any rockfan should get this record, and if you are new to Alice Cooper, this could be a good album to start out with.
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on 25 March 2014
We brought this for my stepson because he lost the first copy he had and he was over the moon. He played it straight away and said how great it was.
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on 8 December 2013
THIS IS NOT MR.COOPERS BEST BUT THAT SAID IT IS A VERY GOOD ALBUM WITH LYRICS BY ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED LYRICISTS OF ALL TIME
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