Flick Of The Switch review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Aug 23, 1983
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.4 (61 votes)
AC/DC: Flick Of The Switch
3

Sound — 9
After having worked with Mutt Lange for three hugely succesful albums, AC/DC decided they could produce an album theirselves. I think they did a pretty good job on this one. I consider this album the Brian Johnson Powerage. Both are truly underrated, and both have a raw, AC/DC sound. At this point of their career, they knew what kind of sound they wanted, and I think came pretty close to nailing it. It may be a little underproduced, but it still sounds really good. It's better than being overproduced.

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics, as always, are classic AC/DC Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll. Not much to talk about here, so I'll get to Brian. This is where Brian Johnson began to reach the first low point in his career. On a few songs, you hear him forcing a few notes, but that's it. They still sound like the Brian Johnson of Back In Black. For him, it went downhill for the Simon Wright albums.

Overall Impression — 9
Before I get into anything else, this is the last Phil Rudd album before Ballbreaker, which is a shame. Phil is a great drummer and one of the best time-keepers in rock. AC/DC definately missed him during the rest of the 80s. Like I said before, this is the Powerage of the Brian Johnson era. It doesen't have many radio hits on it, but it is a fan favorite, like Powerage. These two are my favorite AC/DC albums. I strongly reccomend buying it, or at least listening to it. It'll show you another side of AC/DC, a less mainstream side. If it was stolen or lost, I'd be right back at the music store to get another copy.

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