Sound — 10
Right off the bat, I'd like to state that I'm just a 16 year old kid who was born way after this kind of music, but I can appreciate good music, and realize that my generation has single handedly ruined rock and roll, among other kinds of music. But on to my review. I have always been a solid fan of AC/DC. Even before birth, my mom put headphones on her stomach, blasting albums like Back in Black, and Highway to Hell, so I think I qualify as a lifelong AC/DC fan. And the impression I get from the band is that they're probably one of, if not the greatest rock band of all time. Some people will bitch and moan that all AC/DC albums sound the same, but I think the old "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying applies here. AC/DC knew what they had was solid, and they never conformed to what was popular at the time, especially in the '80s. Young's songwriting is absolutely genious, considering the fact that in an interview with Gibson, he said he even made up some parts of the song on stage, and continues to do so today. That's about all I know. Now, don't get me started here. Angus Young was one of the main reasons I picked up the guitar, along with Randy Rhoads, but that's a different story. Angus Young is a musical genious, period. I would defend that statement with my life, too. In the same interview with Gibson, that I talked about earlier, they asked him what effects he used on stage and in recording. To which he replied, "None". That's right, all he uses, is his SG, and his Amp. Probably one of the most innovative rock and roll bands ever. Their sound has been copied many, many times, by myself included. But it has never, ever been duplicated. I realize that this is cock rock at it's worst, and I realize it demeans women, and I realize that it condones drug use and binge boozing. But you've gotta love it.
Lyrics — 10
I kind of touched on this above, but I'll do it again. The lyrics are absolutely genious. They're extremely catchy, actually mean something, and are extremely distasteful in some instances. Everything rock and roll should be. This was a match made in heaven. The lyrics meld perfectly with the music. The music is always heavy, and never lets up, but Angus Young's voice can always be heard. Perfect, in every sense of the word perfect. Young's skills as a lyricist, his singing talent, and his extreme guitar playing ability have never been matched to this day. I would even go so far as to say AC/DC was a little better without Bon Scott, but I'm not sure on this one.
Overall Impression — 10
Nope. It shines alone. This album, among all other AC/DC albums has, and will continue to stand the test of time as one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever, right next to Appetite for Destruction, and Paranoid. If you're a fan of rock, and you don't own this album, or don't like AC/DC, piss off. Kids my age, think I'm weird for listening to nothing but old rock, like Ozzy, Sabbath, AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, etc. But I think that's the only good kind of music. My generation has taken music, and killed it. My generation and MTV got together, and shot music in the head. And it's sad, but albums like this, I could listen to forever, so screw modern music. Who needs it? There is not one song on this album that doesn't totally rock the shit. Not one. But I do have some favorites: Have A Drink On Me, Back In Black, Hells Bells, What You Do For Money Honey, Givin' The Dog A Bone. What do I love? Everything. What do I hate? Nothing. I wasn't too fond of the track "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", but I don't hate it. Absolutely perfect album. If I found who stole it, I'd rip the son of a bitches teeth out with pliers, then take my beloved CD back. I would cut them a little mercy, though, since evidently he had good taste in music if he stole it. To close this review, if you don't own this album, go find it. Now. This is an absolutely superb album, by one of the greatest rock bands of all time.