Alice Cooper: Still Scary

Jul 29th, 2008 // 3 Comments

alicecooper.jpgFrom time to time, we like to round up the all-important, all-summarizing last sentences of the biggest new-music reviews. Today’s entry is the new album from churchgoer and radio DJ Alice Cooper, Along Came A Spider, which hits stores today.

• “Alice Cooper has done it again, delivering a strong album that should not be overlooked. He has crafted a loose tale of murder, dismemberment, and evil with a soundtrack that is deceptively upbeat. He even ties it in with an older release, mentioning Steven of Welcome to My Nightmare fame. Cooper obviously still has it, and I look forward to whatever he has to deliver in the future.” [Blogcritics]

• “Musically, the disc harkens back to old-school Alice, closest to the “Love It To Death” era, with some modern touches thrown in. Time-share (with Kiss) drummer Eric Singer provides a solid underpinning to the mayhem.” [AP via the San Francisco Chronicle]

• “Though every two-bit heavy-metal band may seem to have bled dry the vernacular of homicide, in songs like Wrapped in Silk Cooper uses a dark wit, which steers him well clear of cliché. Like his best stuff, it’s funny, sickening and rocking all at once.” [Telegraph]

• “At 60, Cooper’s sneering delivery hasn’t deteriorated. Guest guitarist Slash, a longtime Cooper compatriot, enlivens the catchy Vengeance is Mine to such a degree that the track sounds like an outtake from Appetite for Destruction.” [The National Post]

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  1. noamjamski

    I’m digging it so far. I was super into his last two “comeback albums” where he really was reaching back to the Killers/Love it to Death days so it is a bit hard for me to hear him trying to be industrial and “modern” again. But most of the songs really are pretty great.

  2. FionaScrapple

    This guy has got to be the most overrated “musician” in rock history. He makes Ace Frehley look like Brian May. Just hit the golf course, pal.

  3. Plague

    @FionaScrapple:
    Such a comedian.

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