Sound — 10
AC/DC is the hard rock band. What is perhaps best about them that almost no other band could pull off is that each AC/DC album, and most songs for that matter, sound the same. They have never experimented, they played the same kick ass hard rock they always do and it was always great. Stiff Upper Lip is no exception to that for the most part. The biggest difference between this album and the rest of their catalogue is that this is their blusiest album in years. The riffs are a little less hard rock and a little more blues driven, and the result is great. The entire album is full of high energy blues rock from start to finish.
Lyrics — 9
AC/DC are not lyrical genious's but they certainly know how to sing about things we all enjoy. This album has the usual AC/DC themes of women and having a good time, and has even has some great rock anthems such as Can't Stop Rock N' Roll and Hold Me Back. House Of Jazz and Safe In New York City are about exactly what their titles say, it's simple but it works. Brian Johnsons vocals are more throaty than ever, and it's great. The man still has a hell of a voice even though it's not quite as strong as it was in the '80s. He is still the voice of hard rock.
Overall Impression — 10
Stiff Upper Lip is a great album. It's easily in the same league as High Voltage, Let There Be Rock, Highway To Hell, Back In Black, The Razors Edge, and the many other classic AC/DC albums. The title track, Safe In New York City, and Hold Me Back are the best songs on the album. They show that Angus, Malcolm, and the rest of the crew still has what it takes to make incredibly memorable and powerful riffs and vocal hooks. Almost every other song on the album is memorable to different degrees. Come And Get It, Satellite Blues, Damned, and the others are all songs that will bring you back for more than one listen. The high energy blues on this album has made for another AC/DC great, a definite must have and is definatly good enough to buy again if it were lost. Almost nobody can do it as well as AC/DC, the masters of Hard Rock.