10 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his final Sony album, Alice Cooper opted for straight-up rock 'n' roll songwriting and wound up with his best album since 1975. Indeed, 1989’s Trash and 1991’s Hey Stoopid had made Cooper internationally famous again, but this 1994 album restored his cred in many ways. It still sold well around the world, going top 10 in the U.K. It’s the Coop of old, with clever carnival-barking themes of temptation and redemption and big-top metaphors. Classic riffs lure our hero Steven (last heard from on Welcome to My Nightmare) into a sticky moral abyss. The best songs here include the opener, “Sideshow” (“No More Mr. Nice Guy” meets The Replacements); the first single, “Lost in America” (a witty cop of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”); the ballad “It’s Me” (every bit as good as the Coop’s ’70s hit ballads); the minor-key battle tank “Unholy War” (a Chris Cornell ditty); and the closer, “Cleansed by Fire” (cowritten by Mark Hudson). There’s something here for any Cooper fan.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For his final Sony album, Alice Cooper opted for straight-up rock 'n' roll songwriting and wound up with his best album since 1975. Indeed, 1989’s Trash and 1991’s Hey Stoopid had made Cooper internationally famous again, but this 1994 album restored his cred in many ways. It still sold well around the world, going top 10 in the U.K. It’s the Coop of old, with clever carnival-barking themes of temptation and redemption and big-top metaphors. Classic riffs lure our hero Steven (last heard from on Welcome to My Nightmare) into a sticky moral abyss. The best songs here include the opener, “Sideshow” (“No More Mr. Nice Guy” meets The Replacements); the first single, “Lost in America” (a witty cop of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up”); the ballad “It’s Me” (every bit as good as the Coop’s ’70s hit ballads); the minor-key battle tank “Unholy War” (a Chris Cornell ditty); and the closer, “Cleansed by Fire” (cowritten by Mark Hudson). There’s something here for any Cooper fan.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

SproutGraphics ,

Perhaps his best it is a 9.9

Many consider this to be his best album - remarkable because he'd been making records for 25 years already ... many of them some of the best rock albums ever recorded.

I'm tempted to say I like some songs more than others and nitpick it into imperfection but I won't. Wait, yes I will. "Lost In America" just doesn't fit in here. It's like he said, "Wait, I need a teenage rebellion song - I can't do 100% artsy crap!" But, to be fair, he turns teenage rebellion on it's ear by yelling against, for example the sorry state of marriage (from the teenager's point of view, wanting his Mom and Dad to be his "real" Mom and Dad), guns in school (being a bad thing), etc.

Musically this album is just, well, off the hook amazing. This album burst out of nowhere like a supernova and then Alice disappeared again into heavy metal drudgery on the next couple albums.

The most magnificent of the bunch: "Sideshow," the poetic and wonderful "Nothing's Free," an almost operatic duet "Stolen Prayer" (his first confrontation with Satan since Alice Cooper Goes to Hell almost 20 years earlier), "It's Me" which could almost be a song written by Jesus as a love letter to everyone on Earth and close the show on an unbelievable high note soul-exploding rocker "Cleansed By Fire."

Seriously, click "Buy Album" and never look back.

What's truly amazing is that this brilliant lightening would strike again a few years later with "The Eyes of Alice Cooper."

JHSgt7 ,

Perfection

Alice Cooper has yet to disappoint.

thornebush5 ,

Great Music With a Purpose

This album not only contains great memorable music, but it also is a story and has meaning. I find it difficult to listen to only a part of it at a time. Whenever I listen to any part of it, I end up listening to the entire album shortly after.

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