Let There Be Rock review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Mar 21, 1977
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.5 (47 votes)
AC/DC: Let There Be Rock

Sound — 10
Immediately after hearing the title of the record, you know what you're in for, and AC/DC do not disappoint. Let There Be Rock is a treat for your ears, it has eight consistent tracks, all of which are great rockers that you would expect from, in my humble opinion, the world's greatest classic rock band. The record opens up with a tune entitled 'Go Down' which is full of lyrics that could hardly be considered subtle. This is followed by 'Dog Eat Dog', and then the history lesson which also has doubled as AC/DC's mission statement for the past thirty years, 'Let There Be Rock'. During the recording of this song, the amplifier the band's lead guitarist, my hero, Angus Young was using caught on fire, but he still continued to play. The band's most lyrically cliched, but also very catchy, song, 'Overdose' is also on the record, and to top off the record, is Bon Scott's ode to a rather obese groupie, otherwise known as 'Whole Lotta Rosie'. Through and through it is a great collection of songs, from a great band in their prime. It is filled with quick-paced riffs, and even faster, but still melodious, guitar solos, and heartfelt vocals from Bon Scott.

Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on this record are comparable to the lyrics on most AC/DC records during the Bon Scott era: Good old-fashioned fun mixed with sex, drugs and rock'n'roll. Bon Scott was always the master of double-entendres and other methods of clever wordplay, this is the most noticeable on 'Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be', yet another AC/DC classic. Another high point, lyrically speaking is, of course, 'Let There Be Rock'. It tells the story of a 'ninety-two decible rockin band' and of how 'it came to pass, that rock'n'roll was born'. All the songs on Let There Be Rock have great lyrics, and Bon Scott has the perfect voice to match Angus and Malcolm Young's guitars, Cliff Williams' bass, and Phil Rudd's drums.

Overall Impression — 10
In comparison to other AC/DC records, it is one of their best. All you could want on a record is there; solid riffage and outrageous solos by the Young brothers, Cliff Williams' pounding bass lines, great drum contribution by Phil Rudd, and intense vocals by none other than the late great Bon Scott. The most impressive song on this record is by far, the album's title track, 'Let There Be Rock', it includes a brief rock history lesson, and a pleasing quick-paced guitar solo. Other honourable mentions are 'Bad Boy Boogie', 'Whole Lotta Rosie' and 'Dog Eat Dog', although there are no bad songs on the record, those are a couple of the best ones. AC/DC makes 'Let There Be Rock' such a good listen with their overabundance of talent, energy, and ability to make records you can truly bang your head to. Keep in mind though, it is much better when played extremely loud.

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