Sound — 9
The sound on this album represents AC/DC at it's best: it's raw, in-your-face power-rock. Some might say the sound on this album is 'crappy', I prefer to say it's just good rock 'n' roll: this is what they play and this is what you get, no overdubs or ohter bullshit (listen to the missed notes on 'Kicked In The Teeth'). Of course it's got nothing to do with the overproduced 'Highway To Hell' sound, but I like to think every sound has it's own charm. The sound on Powerage is definitly my favourite.
Lyrics — 8
What CD I say about the singers skills? Hey, it's Bon Scott! The voice that defines rock 'n' roll itself! He's got the dirtiest, rawest voice of them all, and he CD sing higher than some women! His vocals are great. If you want to make yourself an idea of how good he was at that time, 'Kicked In The Teeth' and 'Riff Raff' are the best examples I CD think of. The lyrics are, as always, pure genius. It's just real life (kicked in the teeth: Angus broke his teeth during a fight, down payment blues: Bon got himself a nice CD but now he can't pay for gas) put on paper. Bon was good at that because he was 'real' himself.
Overall Impression — 10
Powerage was recorded in a bit more than a week, but to me, it's the best rock 'n' roll album out there. My top 3 songs are 'Kicked In The Teeth', 'Riff Raff' and 'Gone Shooting', but they're all really great.