Sound: This album was released in 1989, right at the height of hair metal's reign. As a result, it is clearly very heavily influenced by bands such as Ratt, Dokken, Motley Crue etc, with crushing guitar riffs, massive choruses and screaming solos. It is famous for the track "Poison", one of Alice's most succesful singles ever.
Jon Bon Jovi and Steve Tyler feature as guests on this album, indicating at Alice's growing status and reputation at the time.
Overall, the sound is bound to please anyone who loves Eighties hair metal, or indeed rock n' roll in general. There are plenty of big choruses, as well as some more ballad-like songs, so a good mix there. // 9
Lyrics: It's Alice Cooper. Need anything else be said?
Lyrics are shocking and crude at times, but also more reflective and meaningful every now and then (e.g "Only My Heart Talking"). In short, it's vintage Alice Cooper.
Alice isn't the greatest singer of all time, but he does have a very distinctive voice and delivers the lines well - you know it's Alice Cooper as soon as you hear the opening lines of "Poison". // 8
Overall Impression: This is an extremely well written album - virtually every song is as good as the previous one, and Alice Cooper maintains a very high standard right from the beginning.
As well as the well known opening track, "Poison", other highlights include "House Of Fire", "Why Trust You", "Bed Of Nails" (with one hell of an intro) and "Hell Is Living Without You" - these are some of the best hair metal songs ever written. In truth, every track is listenable to, but these are in particular, extraordinary.
Fans of Ratt, Dokken, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Poison... Name any 80's hair metal band you like - will love this album. Anyone with a taste in big choruses and exciting, rockin' tunes will also not go wrong buying this album; it is very possibly the best of the decade. // 10