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Muscle Of is Pain
on 11 February 2004
In 1973 nothing it seemed could stop the truly stellar Alice Cooper Group. Nothing except the fact that the time of Muscle they were clearly falling apart.
Packaged almost as controversially as Billion Dollar Babies it was never going to consolidate it.
Muscle though daring in the courting of different musical styles is a patchy affair. The garage sound is still there but the compositions are lazy. Me, I like music with my decadence. Muscle has flashes of inspiration but too few.Guitar solos are frequent but choppy, the songs seem hastily written.
The interesting "Woman Machine" closes the album "Big Apple Dreamin" has opened on two of the higher moments outside of the title track. Classic standard is acheived on "Teenage Lament" a superb semi acoustic remake of "Eighteen" it is probably their most underated song.
But the irony is almost an audible one,there would be many a teenage lament for the passing of the Alice Cooper Group. A bittersweet farewell album for the band that saved my adolescence from ruination.
Alice sings " My Hearts a Muscle Of Love". Mine's a muscle of pain.