Sound — 8
Alice Cooper, for those who didn't know, is the originator of the highly controversial 'Shock Rock' genre. Yes, that is the music that Marylin Manson is famous for playing. Although Alice Cooper and Marylin Manson are of the same style of music, there is a fair bit of difference between them. Alice Cooper has very clear, sung vocals and has some pretty good songs on 'Brutal Planet'. There is the same heavy guitar riffs and solid drumming underneath it all, however.
Lyrics — 8
Alice Cooper is the singer and although he doesn't have a hugely impressive singing voice, he is by no means lacking confidence and makes sure that he can be heard. Lyrics range from zombie hords to a love song, delivered in Cooper's own special way. Lyrics and vocals really carry this album and I'm glad to say that they are pretty outstanding, Cooper's simple vocals mixing perfect with the sometimes zany songs, the best of which being the title track, 'Brutal Planet' and the humorous 'Can't Sleep The Clowns Will Eat Me'.
Overall Impression — 8
This isn't one of Alice Cooper's best works, but gives a good picture of how he works and sounds. It isn't a bad album, but it isn't a really good album, either. The songs can get a bit repetitive and all of the spotlight is on Cooper, so other parts of the album, particularly the guitar work, just lack something. If it was taken I would spend my money on getting a different Cooper album, but rest assured that I would eventually get Brutal Planet once again.