- Audio CD (12 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Spinefarm Records
- ASIN: B005F908W6
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Welcome 2 My Nightmare CD
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Since the original 'Welcome To My Nightmare' I've bought numerous Alice albums but it was always going to be difficult to beat that classic. Now let me be clear, 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare' doesn't match the original but it is the best album since without a SHADOW of doubt (in my opinion).
Clever clever start with the piano hook from 'Steven' (original WTMN album) leads into the excellent 'I Am Made Of You'. Up-to-date and a little 'Kanye' as the song begins
Track 2 ('Caffeine') is a strong rock track and then 'The Nightmare Returns' and the intro to 'A Runaway Train' promises touches of inspiration a la original WTMN ..... but slips into some solid but not memorable rock.
Banjo and oompah music are hugely entertaining in the brilliant 'Last Man on Earth' and then there's 'The Congregation'; love it!! LOVE ..... IT .... !!
The next three tracks are ok but the 10th track ('Something To Remember Me By') is a weak ballad I'm afraid; it feels like a placeholder, a poor substitute for a track that should have been a 'Only Women Bleed II'.
'When Hell Comes Home' is an edgy and GREAT track about the horrors of abuse and is followed by a good link up with Ke$ha (yes, I know ..... me too) in 'What Baby Wants'.
The next track is ..... bland but then it's followed by an instrumental medley from the original 'Welcome' album. Bonus track is a cover and is okay I guess.
So in summary I'd say four things: -
- This is a definite 4 *'s but I can't give it a '5' because it doesn't quite match the original 'Welcome' album.Read more ›
There is a reasonably good album buried here, underneath too many disparate tracks, bombast and bollocks. Any pretence at being an actual sequel to the original 'Nightmare', is blown out of the water halfway through, and you're then left with a set of pick and mix pop songs.
The first five tracks are really good though: taut; inventive; coherent. 'I Am Made Of You' kicks things off, and it's an instant classic, building to an almost operatic swell. 'Caffeine' rocks out; the short 'Nightmare Returns' then leads into one of three tracks involving original Cooper group members - 'Runaway Train'. It's a Dylan-type stream of consciousness, and is very good. Next comes the best song on the album, 'Last Man On Earth', where Alice channels his inner Tom Waits, and Bob Ezrin conjures up a great arrangement. So far, so good.
Things begin to falter a little on 'Congregation', a Glitterband-meets-Oasis number, with a pointlessly short 'monologue' from Rob Zombie. 'I'll Bite Your Face Off', a Stones/Who homage, rocks out nicely but, as with the previous track, sounds like it was written for someone else - a
feature of the rest of the album. It's then that W2MN falls flat on its face: two 'comedy' tracks - 'Disco Bloodbath' & 'Ghouls Gone Wild' - are execrable; completely derailing the album's momentum, and any coherence it still had left. What were you thinking Alice?!
The obligatory ballad, a decades old Dick Wagner song 'Something To Remember Me By', sounds like it was written for Barry Manilow; okay, but has zero to do with any 'nightmare' concept. 'When Hell Comes Home' is a gem; dark, foreboding and conceptually bang on.Read more ›
In the 70's - on just about every album after the first two psychedelia and Zappa influenced releases - the Alice Cooper Band, then Alice Cooper the solo artist, were responsible for some of the best conceptual, diverse and greatest music in rock.
But for a man who once decided to Flush the Fashion the reality is that, for the last three decades, it's primarily been formulated 80's and 90's Trash 'n' roll and Millennium melodic metal.
There have been exceptions, such as 1994's The Last Temptation (a serious return to form) but the chances of Alice Cooper ever revisiting the classic era or recreating something quintessentially Cooper, seemed remote. At best.
But who could have dreamed...
Welcome 2 My Nightmare is, as the name suggests, a sequel or themed follow up to the classic 1975 original.
Cooper had at first considered a sequel to his 2008 album Along Came a Spider, but Bob Ezrin (producer and influence on just about every Alice Cooper release of the 70's) wasn't taken with the idea and the pair decided to go further back for inspiration and return to nightmare's past.
And good move it was too, because Welcome 2 is a startling return to form, diverse in content and themed around the nightmarish scenarios of the original without ever copying or rewriting that classic material. The Lyrics vary from dark and black to the thoughtful and downright funny.
Having Bob Ezrin back at the controls (and contributing to the writing and arrangements) has also paid dividends.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loved the original back i thee day, got it again on cd love this one more!Published 20 months ago by Marie Brice
very dissapointing...not a patch only part one....too many refferals from original Nightmare...sorry i bought it now.Published 21 months ago by alan corner