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on 23 December 2010
This follows the trend from the 'garage' sound of the Eyes of Alice Cooper and sticks to the sleazy, punky rock that a lot of people think was him rediscovering his classic sound. In fact this is a very new sound for Alice and it's not altogether successful. His classic albums were rock albums and punky to a degree but the production techniques available were of the time the sound and was cutting edge, not retro. Back then, Alice's sound was 'new'. Now it's just a little washed up. However, while it's one of his worst albums, it's one of his least worst, and it's slightly better than his previous effort.
'Woman of Mass Distraction' is a good little opener. It's a run-of-the-mill rock and roll number with an arresting riff and chorus but nothing much in the way of staying power. 'Perfect', however, is much better. It's got a swagger but is more of a song in its own right without being tied to any genre (how Alice used to roll!). It's almost a quiet track, but it's not really a ballad. And it's very good. 'You Make Me Wanna' is another throwaway track. It is ok and has an unapologetic singalong chorus but is no more than good at best. The title track starts rather interestingly with a 40's noir jazz intro and turns into another ok track that is slightly better than good. 'The Saga of Jesse Jane' is one of the actual diamonds in the rough. Again it's Alice being Alice and writing a good tune and a good story. It is a country and western ballad with a cross-dressing twist and I thought it was very good indeed. 'Sunset Babies' is one of those tracks I thought I wouldn't like. But it is a catchy number and is as good as the title track - but it's no 'Perfect' or 'Jesse Jane'.
'Pretty Ballerina' is another very good track. It's eerie and has a great melody and is another high point. 'Run Down the Devil' is another good song with a strong chorus but it fails to be much more. It's good. 'Steal That Car' is much the same and it is a lot of fun. 'Six Hours' is a bit boring really but it's not bad. It's an almost-ballad that is really only filler. 'Your Own Worst Enemy' is short and sweet. It's a fast, rocky number that is ok but pales compared with his classic work. And 'Zombie Dance' is another curio that just doesn't really work. It's a shame as an album closer should be a belter. The bonus, 'Stand' isn't bad at all, weirdly, as it is probably the first AC track with rapping on it. Good chorus.
Definitely better than Eyes of... but still lacking something. A handful of songs are great but it's not really enough from a legend like Alice.