The Eyes Of Alice Cooper
Alice is back with his third album in quick succession for Spitfire Records.|
But unlike Brutal Planet and Dragon Town, The Eyes Of... features a more stripped back and under-produced Alice Cooper.
The album was recorded relatively live in the studio, with few overdubs, giving the album that very raw, stripped back sound. It's quite rough around the edges, which is in direct opposition to the intense and complex musical approach of the last couple of albums.
This is the stadium rocker Alice, paying homage to his 70's and 80's roots, albeit with a slightly more modern style.
This is not a classic album, but it's far from being ordinary. In fact, it's very good indeed and up to Alice's usual high standard. Lyrically Alice is still on song, not taking himself too seriously and taking jabs at himself and society.
Sound wise it's varied. What Do You Want From Me is tough and rocking in style, while Man Of The Year has a punkish quality to it.
The single Novocaine is a mid-tempo commercial melodic rocker with a good chorus hook, as does the breezy Love Should Never Feel Like This. The mid-tempo rocker Bye Bye Baby employs a bit of brass, Aerosmith style.
As usual there are a couple of curve balls included in the package. Be With You Awhile is melancholy ballad, the soft and spooky This House Is Haunted is rather quirky to say the least and The Song That Didn't Rhyme is a popish ballad (of sorts).
Then Backyard Brawl is almost modern/alternative.
Alice is the master of variety and delivering killer performances. And that's the case here too.
Cooper fans will have no trouble embracing the songs featured here. Casual fans will have favourites, but could dislike others. It's nice to hear Alice drop it back a notch from the brutal intensity of recent records and offer something for the fans of straight hard rock that still has a contemporary sound.
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