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"Blow Up Your Video" for the new Millenium,
This review is from: Black Ice (Audio CD)I`ve been a long time AC/DC fan and it`s always an event whe a new CD comes out. It`s always nice to hear the "best thing since "Back In Black"" hype that always surrounds it. Unfortunately it always is hype and nothing they`ve done since has come near to their early fire. Perhaps it`s because they`ve made so much money they`ve forgotten how to be pissed off?
Don`t get me wrong, the music rocks alright, albeit in a unoffensive way. You could crank this up without annoying too many people. The biggest disappiontment is the lyrics. I know Bon Scott was something special, but even Young/Young/Johnson have had eight years to put some ideas together. No silly lines like "Pick up your balls and load up your cannon", "I`m deep in the hole" or "Harder than a rock" to bring a smile to your face. The whole thing is uninvolving, like "Blow up your video" twenty years ago. It boogies along without any real after taste.
It`s not all bad news. As usual there are some good (though not great) songs. "Rock N Roll train" is typical stuff, "Big Jack" is a solid good time rock N roller and "Anything goes" is a cousin to "Money talks". "War Machine" has some good riffs. Just far too much filler, especially at the back end of the CD. No AC/DC album should ever be analysed too much as they aren`t designed as some artistic statement, it`s all about fun. However, after eight years I was expecting something a bit better. In my opinion this is better than "Ballbreaker" but not as good as "Stiff upper lip". If "Back In Black" is a five star AC/DC album, then this is definetly a three.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2008 14:15:01 GMT
I agree the lyrics are yet again total rubbish (due to the Youngs' insistence on writing them all themselves) but I diagree overall. I'd give this a 4 or 4.5, it's GREAT album. The music is that good that the lyrics don 't matter as much as on the last few records, especially as Brian Johnson is singing with more style ane melody. If you check some of the main AC/DC forums and other reviews, most fans are really pleased, even surprised by Black Ice, so I suggest giving it a few more spins!
Granted though, with decent lyrics it would be another level up.
Posted on 20 Feb 2009 23:07:01 GMT
Sorry I dont think this is a great album by any means I only enjoyed about 4 tracks of this album.Very so so effort after 8 years of waiting.Most of the tracks are very lack lustre, sounds like a lot of fillers.I have all there albums and rate this one as not a great effort.Sounds like there getting bored.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2009 16:29:12 GMT
A Reader says:
The singing is much better on this album, you're right. Very listenable from Brian Johnson.
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