Powerage review by AC/DC

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  • Released: Jun 19, 1978
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (54 votes)
AC/DC: Powerage

Sound — 10
There's a general saying among many AC/DC fans: "Everyone loves Back In Black, but the real fans love Powerage". After giving the album a listen through, it's easy to understand why. The album kicks off with Rock 'N' Roll Damnation and blows you away from the opening note. From that point on, Angus and the boys play a lot of "jam" songs throughout the album with killer riffs. The bass is emphasized more so on Powerage than almost any other AC/DC album, and that might be because this is Cliff Williams' debut with the band after the complicated departure of Mark Evans. Cliff's bass is very groovy in this album and he really shows his versatility in almost every song. Down Payment Blues lives up to its name, giving a deep blues riff with a groovy underlying bass. Just about every song stands out on this album; one of the true underrated classics can be found in Gone Shootin'. Gone Shootin' showcases the band at its absolute best. Great riffs from Angus and Malcolm, excellent rhythm from Cliff and Phil, topped off with fantastic vocal range and emotion from Bon Scott. This album IS pure rock n roll harmony.

Lyrics — 8
AC/DC have never been about the lyrics. You know what you're getting with their lyrics: Lots of sex, booze, more sex, and partying. Powerage doesn't stray from these cornerstones but Bon's lyrical work deserves praise. Give the lyrics a listen, and you can hear about all the hardships and obstacles the band has faced to get where they are and where they want to go. Down Payment Blues is some of Bon Scott's best vocal work and you can tell he's experienced every word he sings.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is widely considered the most versatile of all acca dacca albums. You can search up and down the track list and find full, in-your-face rock with songs like Up To My Neck In You and Riff Raff and still chill to more down to earth tunes like Gone Shootin and Gimmie A Bullet. Sin City is another all-time classic that gives you the sense that the band is about to strike at a moments notice. All in all, this album is a perfect 10. After this album, the band broke out into Highway to Hell, which is really the true marker of where the band started to fully evolve to where they are today. Collectively speaking, Powerage is where the band hit their peak in the 70's, following up the legendary Let There Be Rock album. So, pop in the album and buckle up, because AC/DC just wants to take you on a a rock n roll ride.

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    Gibson_SG_uzr55 wrote: ^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.
    I say just good old Rock'n'Roll