Flick of the Switch
After three solid albums with producer Mutt Lange behind them and the band now a mega-million selling institution, the boys decides to strip down the machine. Even for a band that never indulged heavily in drum fills and guitar solos, Flick of the Switch feels pared down. From the pencil sketch cover art to the production (handled by the band themselves), there is an obvious desire to return to their scrappy, fists-up Aussie roots. Real rock 'n' roll, as played by purists who grew up in the thick of it, is what this album is about. The title track is a booming, no-frills rocker with Brian Johnson providing one of his most throat-shredding performances. "Landslide" shows off their long-dormant boogie rock side with a thundering blues/heavy rock hybrid.