CD REVIEW: AC/DC–Black Ice

Black Ice is AC/DC's 16th album

Black Ice is AC/DC's 16th album

This much-anticipated new album from AC/DC was released in mid-October of this year.  Black Ice follows Stiff Upper Lip which came out in early 2000, but goes much farther and much more in-depth than its distant cousin.  The discerning AC/DC fan will admit that some releases by the band fail to measure up to the band’s ultimate yard stick:  Back In Black (1980).  Razor’s Edge has been their best effort since that monumental album, but this one comes in a close second.  And that is saying something.

The lead track and single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train” is classic AC/DC, as it gets you going from start to finish.  Angus Young delivers a powerful performance throughout (as usual) on the guitar, but is particulary good on this song.  , Interestingly enough, the lyrics are “runaway train” and not “rock ‘n’ roll train”, but that does not get in the way of one kickass tune.

The merits of one album over another in my opinion is “listenability”.  If a CD has several songs that are not only passable but good to great, it gains favor in my book quickly.  To go along with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream”, “Anything Goes”, and “Money Made” are all worthy of inclusion on any AC/DC fan’s playlist.

“Anything Goes” is a unique song in the Australian band’s arsenal, one that sounds like it has some distinct different elements to it.  Brian Johnson, the lead singer, exhibits more than his typical bad ass screaming on the vocals in this tune.  One has to listen to it to understand, but it is good.

Track listing

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Train
  2. Skies On Fire
  3. Big Jack
  4. Anything Goes
  5. War Machine
  6. Smash ‘n’ Grab
  7. Spoilin’ For A Fight
  8. Wheels
  9. Decibel
  10. Stormy May Day
  11. She Likes Rock ‘n’ Roll
  12. Money Made
  13. Rock ‘n’ Roll Dream
  14. Rockin’ All The Way
  15. Black Ice

Black Ice has been received well across the music industry and for good reason.  AC/DC refuses to change their ways and their fans can be thankful for that.  Black Ice blows the doors off Stiff Upper Lip, Ballbreaker, Fly On The Wall, Flick Of The Switch, and Blow Up Your Video.  I would rank it #3 in the Brian Johnson era.  Definitely should be added to your collection.

Rating:  7.5 out of 10

Check out AC/DC on Channel 53 on XM satellite radio, 24 hours a day.

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~ by goetgre on December 23, 2008.

One Response to “CD REVIEW: AC/DC–Black Ice”

  1. You said 20 hours ago:
    Great Writing! Would you consider doing a review for a New Age Album? Here is some info about it. You can also hear the title track ‘Ascension’ at our myspace http://www.myspace.com/bayareacontemporarymusic

    If you are interested I can email you the tracks.

    Thanks- Have a Great Holiday!

    Monica Willliams
    Phoenix Rising

    ABOUT THIS CD …

    We are living in a time of stress and struggle. There is still hunger, hatred, and sickness in a world that is also filled with such beauty, generosity, and harmony. ASCAP award-winning composer Wendy Loomis and Eastman School of Music alumna Monica Williams decided to create a CD that had the power to help people relax, de-stress, and energize with positive vibrations of gratitude for this life. While Wendy was in the middle of a yoga class, she had a vision of the CD being organized around the 7 chakras. For those of you unfamiliar, the 7 chakras are energy centers that run up the human body from the base of the spine, to the sexual center, the stomach, the heart, the throat, the 3rd eye between the eyebrows, and the crown of the head. Many people have developed systems that associate colors and tones with each chakra. Monica and Wendy decided not to be quite so literal in their interpretation, but rather incorporate the idea of energy rising from our most earthly, primal instincts up toward our higher, nobler, spiritual realm – the eternal quest to ascend toward the Higher Power. And ASCENSION was born.

    7 is a lucky and inspiring number that is threaded through ASCENSION: there are 7 tones in a scale, the compositions are in 7 different key signatures, the music is played on 7 primary instruments, Monica was born in ’77, and this is the 7th CD of Wendy’s music.

    With the exception of ‘Seed’ and ‘Nourishment’ which were improvisations, the themes for this CD were composed by Wendy Loomis. Monica and Wendy arranged the flute and piano sounds in a weave with instruments from around the world played by a group of very talented women: Jennifer Lim on guzheng (China); Debra Podjed on tabla (India) and goat hooves (Bolivia); Jessica Styler on hang drum (Switzerland); Suellen Primost on cello (Italy); Irina Mikhailova on voice (born in Russia); and Karen Segal on guitar (Spain/the Middle East).

    If you are interested please contact me at monicaw14@hotmail.com

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