From a band who proves that it isn't impossible to have four hit albums in a row, comes the momentous "Flick Of The Switch." With everything an AC/DC album should have in tow, the band aims to please with each song, a task completed one hundred and fifty percent every time. Opening this classic piece of rock is the raw, beefy sound of "Rising Power", with a scorching burn to it. A strong vocal on the chorus as well makes this song a worthy and sensible intro to the album. Following is another burner, "House Is On Fire."
Then comes the in-your-face rock of "Flick Of The Switch." A powerful array of chords, and a noteworthy display of riffage on the low E and A strings help bring this creation to life. Brian's vocal delivery is great
as well. After that is "Nervous Shakedown". Aside from others, it is one of the best songs on this album.
The guitars sound so raw and fresh, nothing showy of special, just the pure joy of rock and roll in it's purest, grandest form: none other than AC/DC. It's obvious that on some albums, after a while the second half seems to fall away, or drone on. But AC/DC? Hell no. Each song, each album, is great. And speaking of great, let's move on to "Landslide". With it's rapid-fire shoot-out of Herculean riffage, supplied by Mr. Angus Young, a steady backbeat, and the salacious voice of Brian Johnson remind you just what rock and roll should be about. "Guns For Hire" is yet again, a great work of art. It's filled with the rapid-paced soloing of Angus, the earth-shattering rhythm guitar of Malcolm Young, the sturdy foundations built by Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams, and as always, Brian howling in the lead. Amazing. Gnarly intro, as well.
"Deep In The Hole" is perhaps the weakest song here. But that doesn't mean it's not good. It holds strong throughout, and is worth a listen. "Bedlam In Belgium" ensues, and is exactly what the title suggests, without the Belgium part. (Unless, of course, you happen to be in Belgium while listening to this.)
It's full-frontal assault attacks you, the earthquake inducing might of the song is just pure rock. The chorus is held up by the perfect interlocking of Cliff, Malcolm, and Brian's voices, giving this piece even more kick and bite. On "Badlands", the band slows down, but doesn't get softer.
A mid-tempo rock number, 'Badlands" supplies you with a maximum dose of swaggering bravado meets slow-burn rock. And closing this album, is the up-tempo "Brain Shake." It's worthy of closing the album, too. And to open or close any live shows, or albums, is one of the highest honors a song can receive.
"Brain Shake", is built around mainly D G and A chords, with a cantering riff that ascends a few frets, and then flows over into the next block of chords.
All in all, "Flick Of The Switch" is a truly amazing album. It's robust equilibrium is no less apparent than the unmistakable impact that AC/DC themselves had upon not only the music world, but the world all together. If you're looking for the perfect album to add to you collection, or the perfect album to give as a gift to your rocker family member or friend, "Flick Of The Switch" is the ideal solution.
(PS: I know I already wrote a review for this, but I consider my second summary to be more well-written, and I'll be re-writing all the reviews I've done so far, just to help out a little.)