AC/DC — Back In Black (review)

AC/DC — Back In Black album cover Album · 1980 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
Warthur
Opening with the funeral tolling of a bell and a slow riff, for the first few seconds of this album you might be fooled into thinking that AC/DC were taking a left turn into doom metal. Nope! Despite the all-black cover adopted as a tribute to the late, great Bon Scott, and occasional detours into bluesiness the first AC/DC album of the Brian Johnson era is just as much of a hard-partying wild child as any of the Bon Scott albums were.

Although the album does get a little bit samey by the second side in a way which Highway to Hell didn't, and I can do without the blues pastiche that Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution leads off with, on the whole this is another fun album from the band. I still think Highway to Hell knocks this one out of the park, but few hard rock albums could stand their ground in a scrap with Highway, and certainly few bands have rebounded after a disaster on the level of Scott's death quite as well as AC/DC do here.
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Vim Fuego wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution didn't really suit Brian's voice, but I can just imagine Bon singing it and it sounding sublime.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
LOL
Warthur wrote:
more than 2 years ago
The title track is great, but also a huge well of misheard lyrics. What's that, Brian? You're Bagging Black? Bargain Blad?
siLLy puPPy wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Every dive bar in the USA has this album on the jukebox. If i hear the title track or Shook Me All Night Long again i'm gonna lose it! Never been a fan of the Brian Johnson years although a few good tracks exist here and there. This one is ok but it's been played to death and has ruined it for me

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