For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Nov 23, 1981
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (38 votes)
AC/DC: For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)

Sound — 8
AC/DC prove that Back in Black was no fluke with the release of For Those About To Rock. The title track begins softly, piquing your interest for every pick made and for every muscular strum. The opening of 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)' is the quietest moment to be found on the whole CD, for as soon as it passes you're thrust into Angus Young's slamming riffs, and they, as usual, sound awesome. However there is definitely something missing here, AC/DC sounds a little tired, with songs like 'Evil Walks' and 'Night of the Long Knives' coming out as bland arena-rockers, despite the band's best efforts. This is a prevalent theme throughout the album, it's easy to see why people called "For Those About To Rock" AC/DC's last great CD, because for all it's crunching riffs and bluesy, slithering solo's it's easy to see that AC/DC is running out of steam here.

Lyrics — 8
Brian Johnson. AC/DC fans have been quite divided when it comes to the screeching successor of Bon Scott. His voice is as raspy and cruel here as it ever has been, throwing out deliciously sinister groans on 'Inject the Venom' and howling like a wolf during 'For Those About To Rock'. But just like ACDC musically, Johnson shows that he's a little short on good lyrical material here, songs like 'C.O.D.' despite being incredibly catchy, make no sense what'soever, whereas others such as the stadium-shaking 'Breaking The Rules' don't exactly scream originality. Lyrically AC/DC is just AC/DC, which may please some, but others want more of the bizarre, comic crooning of 'Down-Payment Blues' or the straight evil creep displayed by Bon Scott in 'Night Prowler".

Overall Impression — 9
To recap, this is when AC/DC started to pigeon-hole themselves into a formulaic album-producing machine that ran for about 10 years before the release of The Razor's Edge, which was a breath of fresh air. The music is solid, if trite, the same can be said for the lyrics. As for highlights, 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)' comes first and foremost, others such as 'Inject the Venom', 'C.O.D.', 'Spellbound' and 'I Put The Finger on You' also display the vibrant energy AC/DC is well-known for. Start off with Highway to Hell, Back in Black or Let There Be Rock instead, though, because For Those About To Rock is the lesser album.

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    To all the fans who say any ACDC album sucks: What the F@#! guys?! How can you guys call yourselves true fans?? ACDC will forever rock and will always be awesome. So if you think they suck, that's your opinion, but don't tell it to us. Find someone that will care.
    I Put the Finger on You is the best song on an album full of great songs. This album kicks Back in Blacks ass.