Powerage review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Jun 19, 1978
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (54 votes)
AC/DC: Powerage
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Sound — 9
AC/DC's main humbucker crunch is praised in this classic album. With Angus's SG growl and Malcolm's rock solid rhythms Powerage screams Rock N' Roll at the top of its lungs. With a disorted bridge pickup always on, Angus and Mal create one of AC/DC's classic preaches of "Sin City" and the underrated "Gone Shootin'" and "What's Next to the Moon?". Although not a chart-topper Powerage is one of the greatest AC/DC albums. This album was also the debut of bass Player Cliff Williams.

Lyrics — 8
On "Down Payment Blues" Bon sings " got a Cadillac but can't afford the gasoline", Bon may have not participated much in writing lyrics but that line has Bon written all over it. On "What's next to the moon?" there are backup vocals of Mal and Cliff singing with Bon you can tell how insync they are. Overall Bon sings his heart out throughout the entire album.

Overall Impression — 9
Without AC/DC Rock N' Roll wouldn't be what it is today. If you like the classic AC/DC with Bon Scott (I'm sure you do) then Powerage is the album for the Bon fanatics. Also this album shows the talent of Cliff Williams compared to ex-bass player Mark Evans. This album is true AC/DC.

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    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    ^I'm w/ you. Hard rock and Aussie rock works, cause it's true, but arena rock, no, and heavy metal, now that is crossing the line of respect.
    livewire76
    Lol-first reviewer here obviously doesnt know much about DC - check it out: "On "Down Payment Blues" Bon sings " got a Cadillac but can't afford the gasoline", Bon may have not participated much in writing lyrics but that line has Bon written all over it." LOL WTF?? Bon may not have participated in writing lyrics much?? So, what planet did you just come from YoungAngus52? Not really fit to be reviewing if thats the extent of your knowledge.. oh, and btw bon wrote the lyrics. :p My turn: this album has always been held in high regard and quite rightly so.. Its got just the right ammount of everything. The riffs, the solos, the lyrics.. that sleazy, blues based 'DC sound. If DC dont get your foot tapping, your guitar or air guitar going then you really are all the poorer for it.
    angusrokks
    Down payment blues has such a cool bass like intro with Malcom stringing out those rock on chords AC/DC use!