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This review is from: Raise Your Fist and Yell (Audio CD)
Another over-pomped extravaganza in Alice Cooper's 80s canon. Sticking to the template of the previous, Constrictor, album, Raise Your Fist is however slightly darker and has few 'fun' tracks like 'The Great American Success Story' or 'Thrill My Gorilla'. But it is still a great album and a classic of sorts, although musically it is rather middle of the road.
'Freedom' starts it all off in true anthemic style. It is one of the best tracks and does a similar job as 'Teenage Frankenstein'. 'Lock Me Up', 'Give The Radio Back' and 'Step On You' are all relatively similar insomuch as they are all radio-friendly toe-tappers with a dark streak. The lyrics, as usual, are uniquely Alice. 'Not That Kind of Love' is great. It's fun and catchy and very cool - despite it being not actually very cool now...
'Prince of Darkness' is a brilliantly dark track that takes a while to season but is one of the best additions to the album. 'Time To Kill' is a near-classic. Again it's very dark, as most of the second half is, but has a great driving chorus and begins a thin concept that continues through to the end of the album. 'Chop, Chop, Chop' is ok but really only half a song and half a segway. It's still pretty catchy and dirty and dark though. 'Gail' leaks in through the previous track's licks. It is organ-driven with a power-ballad crescendo towards the end that stops so abruptly that the succceding 'Roses on White Lace' almost makes you jump when the power chords erupt at their frantic pace. They are both classics.
Not one of his most favoured but one of my favourites. After this Bon-Jovi-rock beckoned, which was successful to a degree - definitely from a sales point of view; less so critically. But then this and Constrictor weren't actually musical masterpieces either. They were just another couple of excellent albums from a living legend.