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EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1989 album is the one that lifted Alice Cooper back into the international rock ’n’ roll conversation. Cooper—who'd watched others throughout the ’80s lift ideas that he’d originated—got together with his Epic Records A&R man and hatched the perfect comeback. First they enlisted hit songwriter Desmond Child to produce and cowrite tracks; then they got some of the era's biggest names (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Kip Winger, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, etc.) to guest on the album. The results gave up Alice Cooper’s biggest ever hit single (“Poison”) and lots of worthy hard rockers that mixed slickness with guts without sacrificing all of Cooper’s patented wit (especially on “This Maniac’s in Love with You”). Other highlights include a Child and Joan Jett cowrite (“House of Fire”), a classic-sounding Cooper ballad (“Only My Heart Talkin’”), a Dianne Warren cowrite (the hit “Bed of Nails”), and cut-to-chase pop-metal anthems (the title song, “I’m Your Gun,” “Why Trust You”).

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EDITORS’ NOTES

This 1989 album is the one that lifted Alice Cooper back into the international rock ’n’ roll conversation. Cooper—who'd watched others throughout the ’80s lift ideas that he’d originated—got together with his Epic Records A&R man and hatched the perfect comeback. First they enlisted hit songwriter Desmond Child to produce and cowrite tracks; then they got some of the era's biggest names (Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Kip Winger, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, etc.) to guest on the album. The results gave up Alice Cooper’s biggest ever hit single (“Poison”) and lots of worthy hard rockers that mixed slickness with guts without sacrificing all of Cooper’s patented wit (especially on “This Maniac’s in Love with You”). Other highlights include a Child and Joan Jett cowrite (“House of Fire”), a classic-sounding Cooper ballad (“Only My Heart Talkin’”), a Dianne Warren cowrite (the hit “Bed of Nails”), and cut-to-chase pop-metal anthems (the title song, “I’m Your Gun,” “Why Trust You”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

ROCKNEVERSTOPS ,

Classic Alice

This 1989 release was a successful album which included tracks like House of Fire, Only My Heart Talkin', Hell Is Living Without You and Poison a timeless piece. I had the pleasure seeing Alice a few years ago in concert and the man can still put on a great show. Alice Cooper will always for me go down as one the true founders of hard rock and should be more reconized.

firehouse rocks ,

Pedal To The Metal

i love it when alice cooper plays heavy metal like Hey Stoopid and Trash or thrash metal like Dragontown and Brutal Planet.alice has gone back to playing rolling stones style of rock n' roll but id wish hed go back to playin' metal.

S. Pulrang ,

Ah the memories

This was one of my favorite albums during HighSchool; Poison, Spark in the Dark, Why Trust you, and Bed of nails stand out in my memory.

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