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A Dream Album,
This review is from: Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Audio CD)
For fans of Alice Cooper, this is indeed a dream album. Not only is Alice reunited with Bruce, Dunaway and Smith from the original Cooper line up, but Bob Ezrin is producing and playing as well & even Desmond Child is on board - so this album has a quinissential Cooper sound to it.
The aim, as Alice explains in an article in the magazine that comes with the collector's pack, was to recreate the classic seventies feel of his most successful albums and in this he certainly succeeds. Woven throughout the album are riffs and melodies from 'Welcome to my Nightmare', and lyrical references to songs of Alice's mid to late seventies era, so there are also echoes of 'Goes to Hell' present too and humourous aspects such as Alice 'falling out' with the chorus singers in 'I Gotta Get Outta Here' recalls 'Give the Kid a Break' (from 'Goes to Hell')
Humour (usually black as widow) is often present in Cooper's songs and performances and there certainly plenty on hand in this album. The darker side of his writing is less on display here though, so there are no disturbing or haunting tracks such as 'Years Ago', 'Steven'& 'The Awakening' as on the 1975 album, though 'When Hell Comes Home' is the closest to the spirit of these.
One of the gems on this album is the bonus track 'Under the Bed.' This was excluded from the album as it didn't fit the narrative story which is a pity as it is one of the strongest tracks on the CD. As the first song written for the album it serves as a template for the album tracks subsequently written.
So to sum up: a great album that will delight all Cooper fans, I think detractors will be few and far between.
Here's hoping further collaboration between Alice and the line up on this album continues on subsequent albums.