Sound — 8
I happen to be a Die hard alice cooper fan as it is, but billion dollar babies is absolutely the best one he ever made. Created by the original alice cooper group featuring, michael bruce, neil smith, glen buxton, dennis dunnaway as well as alice himself. The sound is very raw and almost spooky yet at the same time the guitars mixed with the different instruments and percussion still manage to retain a sense of suspense and excitement. The opening track Hello Hooray spells out the whole album, starting off with an epic fanfare then leading into a powerful yet completely insane demonstration of alice's ability to keep an audience well entertained. The guitars are played very differently to how they would be at any other time in music history, for examlpe the distortion is turned all the way up (according to how high it could go in those day) but the guitars are still playing melodies instead of the same repetitive power chords or progressions. However compared to now the sound is very dated, in my eyes that only makes it better, you can feel the padded walls of the insane asylum from the background noise alone.
Lyrics — 9
Alice cooper is a fundamentally messed up individual, however you have to give him credit. This album was finallised in 1973 and he was joking about the social downfall which we only started to notice in the mid to late '80s, this man is a modern day prophet. Bob Dylan himself acknowledged him as a profound songwriter. The lyrics get across whatever alice wants to say, if he wants you to feel sick, he succeeds if he wants you to run outside and shout "I'm eighteen and I like it" he still succeeds. overall, very exciting, quite comical and even though it can seem a little sick here and there, still extremely powerful.
Overall Impression — 10
Practically every album you buy will always have one or two songs on it that just seem rushed, as if the band needed to fill another 15 minutes so they just wrote down the fastest thing that came to there heads, and 9 out of 10 albums will be ruined by this rule. however everyone once in a while there comes a gem, where each song is as good if not better than the last, where a band decided to put all or nothing into an album, where the album just never seems to get boring. Billion Dollar Babies is one of those albums, absolutely amazing from start to finish, practically every song on the album was a hit somewhere somehow, and almost half the album is used in every alice cooper gig to this day. Something about the album makes all the songs compliment eachother in a way I can't entirely describe with words, if you heard all the songs on their own you wouldn't take much notice but when you listen to the whole album, your heart is jumping up and down wanting to scream and shout and run around like a 6 year old after eating half a ton of chocolate. this album is one of the all time greats, it doesnt't matter what music you're into, Billion dollar babies is on of the CDs you need in your collection.