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Welcome 2 My Nightmare
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2011 release from the veteran shock rocker, the much-anticipated sequel to his 1975 masterpiece Welcome To My Nightmare. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (who suggested that it was time for Alice to finally create this much talked about sequel) and features a stellar array of collaborators including three tracks performed with members of the original Alice Cooper band. Universal.
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The eerie piano line from the original album's "Steven" opens the CD and immediately establishes a sense of continuity. There are little bits here and there that hark back to the original which longtime fans will appreciate. "The Nightmare Returns" is a short musical interlude that also borrows from "Steven" and the closing track "The Underture" features instrumental bits of the songs from the original 1975 "Nightmare" album and is a fitting end.
I could have done without the vocoder on "I Am Made of You", who's militant drumming and pace is reminiscent of "Second Coming".
Highlights include the frantic "Runaway Train" (co-penned by original bassist Dennis Dunaway)
"Last Man on Earth" has the '30s vibe that older tracks like "Mary-Anne" possessed.
The rockers include "Caffeine", "The Congregation", '60s beach-party-inspired "Ghouls Gone Wild" and the silly "I'll Bite Your Face Off" (which Neal Smith co-wrote).
Two contemporary numbers are the Lady Gaga-like "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever" and "What Baby Wants" (but I really could have done without the Ke$ha cameo because I listen to Alice to escape the current trashy automatons like her).
"Something To Remember Me By" is the album's ballad on par with "You and Me", "How Ya Gonna See Me Now" or "I Never Cry" but not as sappy, yet not as brilliant as "Only Women".Read more ›
When I first listed to Nightmare 2, I was a little confused as to the connection on some levels to the first album. However, after reading the liner notes, the lyrics and listening to it a few more times, I have developed a great appreciation for it.
A major surpise for me was the fact that several songs are with Alice and the old band. Dunaway, Bruce and Smith are once again performing and writing on an album with the Coop. As well, Alice brought in Ezrin, who produced the first album and played keyboards as well. A lot of the old crew from years gone by are playing on the album, notably Steve Hunter who played on the original Nightmare album and tour. A huge guitarist when compared to Glen Buxton from the original band.
A particular highlight of the album for me was the duet between Ke$ha and Alice on "What Baby Wants". THis is a potential classic like the duet between Lita and Ozzy on "close my eyes forever". But this duet is driving and modern. Great vocals from both Alice and Ke$ha.
Guest appearance of Zombie as the carny huckster and John 5 as well as Kip Winger and many others. Great going Alice.
Regardless, Alice and Ezrin (let's give credit where credit is due, Ezrin is the George Martin of this album) have created here a modern masterpiece, a great record to cap Alice's modern career with one more undenialble winner. Welcome 2 My Nightmare contains a few musical interludes and clues from the first Nightmare, particurly "Steven", but it's mostly it's own beast. It is surprisingly listener-friendly, very melodic and 70's sounding with plenty of instrumentation and production value.
The prime influence here seems to be musicals and showtunes. And that's fine with me. Alice knows he's doing and sneers his way through these snappy numbers. Everything builds and changes and builds again, each song is constructed masterfully. Alice and Ezrin know what they're doing. Don't forget these are the guys who did "Gutter Cat Vs. The Jets" back in 1972.
My favourite tune: The Tom Waits-ish "The Last Man on Earth", a 1930's sounding showtune-esque classic, along the lines of Alice's previous song "Crazy Little Child" from Muscle of Love.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The way the songs sound in this record compared to the first one is somewhat eerie. This record has a sound that makes it seem that it is Part 2 of a huge rock concert. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JHC
Gotta love Alice, been in my music collection for many years. All good memories spent with friends at parties of corse.............Published on Oct. 19 2011 by SANDRA MOEN
very good.one of his best.good to see him back with producer bob ezrin.the band is top notch.alice coopers voice is one of the best in rock. it still is.Published on Oct. 15 2011 by Dan Goodwin
Thank you Alice Cooper, for stopping the nu-metal, garage rock nonsense you've been doing the last many years and returning to what you do best. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2011 by Jason Hardy
A great addition to your Alice Cooper collection!!!!
The album is a natural extension to the 1st one but still takes in the many years in between; a perfect blending of... Read more