Alice's best 1980s record.,
This review is from: Raise Your Fist and Yell (Audio CD)
Raise Your Fist and Yell, which was released in 1987, was Alice Cooper's second album since his return from rehab. This album see's the lyrical content make a welcome return to fertile sinister and sinful territory - where Alice Cooper is at his best. Alice coopers love of Horror films comes to the fore in this L.P. The lead single off the album, Freedom, is a stellar, full on rocker which emphasizes the immense contribution Kane Roberts brought to the proceedings - a Ramboesque Guitar virtuoso.
The album kicks into it's sinister best about half way through, with Prince of Darkness - Ozzy Osbourne eat your heart out! The centre piece of the album is the infamous murderous trio - Chop, Chop, Chop, Gail and Roses on White Lace. Chop, Chop, Chop is about a killer roaming the streets for his next victim, and he finds it: 'She had a black leather skirt, That was tight to her hips And an anklet with a name, It spelled M A R Y..... Gail!'
Gail describes the aftermath, when Alice has done away with her. This song sets a epically creepy atmosphere that's Akin To Former Lee Warmer off of Alice's 1983 album DaDa.
The closing song, Roses on White Lace, is a honeymoon from hell: 'In my own way I lovingly kiss the bride, with your ring in your hand, your eyes and your mouth open wide.'
This album is Alice's finest 80s record, being heavier (and darker lyrically) than Constrictor and the commercially successful Trash. What helps makes this album stand out from his other Glam Metal outings in the 80s are the darker lyrical content and the great guitar work by Kane Roberts - who even helped liven up the weaker songs on the album; Step on You and Not That Kind of Love. This record helped cement Alice Cooper's return to music, with Alice putting his on twist on a Glam Metal sound - with great results.