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BLUESIEST ALBUM SINCE THE BON SCOTT ERA....
on 29 November 2008
First impressions weren't too great, BUT this album definiteley grows on me! It's certainly AC/DC's bluesiest album featuring Brian Johnson, and although it's loud and rocky, it's less Metal than much of the band's post 1980 output - still heavy enough though!
Highlights are House Of Jazz (the guitar work sizzles on this), the ultra catchy Hold Me Back with thumping drums from Phil Rudd, the fastest & hardest track, Safe In New York City and the anthemic Can't Stop Rock N Roll.
The production is very organic, with a sharp, almost Live sound - the drums are particularly tasty, and Cliff Williams' Bass guitar is slightly more upfront in the mix than usual. Guitar work, as already said, is far more into Hard Rock meets Blues territory than the Metal tone of albums like Fly On The Wall or Razors Edge. More than enough great lead breaks, although maybe lacking in truly Classic riffs.
Yes, there is a bit of filler, but the decent songs abound enough to make this a worthwhile purchase....