"Back in Black" Album ReviewAlpha101 AC/DC is one of the most well known bands of the genre, for their simple yet memorable riffs, gritty vocals, and catchy lyrics. Back in Black is hailed by many to be not only AC/DC's finest album, but one of the best albums in rock history. Let's see if that is true, shall we?
Also, rest in peace, Bon Scott. You are missed.
"Hells Bells" really got me interested in the album. From it's chiming bells, great riff, opening lyrics that really set he tone for the song, and it's unbelievably good chorus. It's one of the best on the album, and it's one of my favorite tracks from the band.
"Shoot to Thrill" is another great song by the band. The chorus is probably the most catchy of any song in AC/DC's vast catalog of music. The guitar work is lackluster in this one, but it does work.
"What You Do for Money Honey" has a hard hitting riff, and a likable chorus, but it's a pretty weak track.
"Givin the Dog a Bone" is another below-average track. I really expected more from this band. It wasn't terrible, but I did not enjoy it at all. There's simply nothing remarkable about this song.
"Let Me Put My Love Into You" was surprisingly good. It was catchy, the riff was, again, simple but great. The vocals are what really sold the song for me. Whenever I heard the chorus, I thought that I was listening to a KISS song. I mean, the similarities are unbelievable. And if there's one thing that I like about KISS, it's Stanley's unmistakable voice. The solo was a nice addition to the song. It wasn't anything special, but it really fit within the song. Great track.
"Back in Black" is arguably the best on the album. The riff is one of the most recognizable in rock and roll history, and the opening is simply amazing! If you can refrain from singing along to the chorus, then there must be something wrong with you. It's possibly the best song by the band, and it's one of my favorite songs of the genre.
"You Shook Me All Night Long" was another enjoyable listen. The vocals fit perfectly, and I mean perfectly, with the song. The chorus is known by almost everyone, and for good reason.
"Have a Drink on Me" has a great chorus, and that's about it. The lyrics are disappointingly bad, the vocals didn't really fit with he song, and it wasn't as memorable as other tracks.
"Shake a Leg" was another disappointment. It seems like for a lot of these songs, the band just scribbled a bunch of lyrics down, recorded themselves playing the song for the first time, and decided to roll with it. I mean, there's simply nothing in this song that appeals to me, and that's pretty rare. Even in songs by today's pop stars, I can find at least one thing that I like about their music. This song makes that a challenge.
"Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" makes up for the few terrible songs on the album. From it's bluesy opening riff, the clever lyrics, and the chorus is so catchy that I cannot stop humming it at least five times a day.
Overall, this album does have a lot of problems. It has some fantastic tracks, but it also has some tracks that just make me lose faith in the band. Half the album is perfect, and the other half sounds like it was completely rushed, for a lot of the songs sound like they did not put any effort into writing good lyrics, and actually sounding, well, good. I'm kind of being generous with this album, because I really love a few of the songs on the album, and it's also inspired a lot of bands. I lover this album, but I have trouble listening to it sometimes.
8.2/10 - Great Album
Nice - bobbythebrony