5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Welcome to My Nightmare
Dragontown is a great CD if you like the harder, darker Alice. His voice has never been better and the CD showcases why he is still the original shock rocker. Not so much shocking in mindless Goth Rock blood and guts kind of way. But in a way that is typical Alice --- Sarcastic and funny but still twisted and sick. Most all of the songs on this CD are well written and...
Published on June 4 2004 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Follow-up
I got this and Brutal Planet recently. I'm not sure which I like better. Dragontown works far better as a whole and conceptually, but I think Brutal Planet has more standout songs. In any event, this is a real solid album, worth picking up if you liked Brutal Planet at all.
The style is not that completely similar. I want to say it's a bit less commercial and...
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Nick Teplanson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Welcome to My Nightmare,
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid Follow-up,
The style is not that completely similar. I want to say it's a bit less commercial and accessible, still hooky, but not as obvious. It's darker, feels a bit like a horror movie. Good solos too.
The production is a bit better then brutal planet. Not as sterile sounding, and the drums fit in better, but could still be improved.
The only reason I'd say you'd like it if you like BP is because it's a heavier, less commercial Alice. I really don't have a lot else to say about it, just that you shouldn't expect a masterpiece, but a solid effort.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...even after all these years,
4.0 out of 5 stars dance dance dance dance,
It's Armageddon R.S.V.P.
Babylon's burning sea to sea."
--A&M recording artist Michael Anderson, 1988
Alice Cooper releases "Dragontown" again, and the original disc is still the same old gloomy thing it was a year ago, not that I didn't dig it.
We will focus on the bonus disc here, leading off with "Clowns Will Eat Me," available since the original release of "Brutal Planet" in 2000, Japanese release only.
I always liked "Clowns," when it was on my hard-drive a long time ago. It's finally nice to have it on regular CD... I guess. I can't deny feeling like Jimmy Fallon, insincere and with my hair sticking up ...
It is a really good song, but has very little to do with the Brutal/Dragontown theme, so far as I can see.
We have live versions of "Go to Hell" and "Ballad of Dwight Fry," both from the "Brutally Live" DVD soundtrack.
They are both stellar performances.
The gem here is the "Brutal Planet" re-mix. When I first heard the original, alcohol logged and through tinny speakers reaching my tinny ears (in May, 2000), I thought, "That siren's got to go!"
I have since come to love the siren, or the guitars which I think sound like a siren. It's appropriate for a Brutal Planet headed toward Armageddon.
However, I missed my fun-loving Alice, but only a little because of songs like "It's the Little Things" (featured on computer-playable video here, Quicktime preferred). Most of the CD was very dark, and "Dragontown" was even way, way darker.
"Brutal Planet" re-mix features an outright danceable version. I'm reminded of the guy who used to dance by himself in the middle of the Amarillo Civic Center in the early '80s during intermissions of rock shows. I will never forget him swaying to Black Sabbath's "Heaven and Hell," all by himself.
This re-mix is for him!
I do love it, but I'm old enough to be a parent, really (even though I'm not) of the younger ones who love the harder edge of the original.
So I guess I can just take Alice's cue from "Flush the Fashion" in 1980, from the kid's perspective:
I get a kiss good-bye
Come on momma
If it's all the same to you, I WILL be dancing to it. I love the re-mix!
(Also featured is the video for "Gimme.")
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cooper bounces back with another strong one.,
Dragontown is like Alice waking up. It's a transition from Brutal Planet to Eyes Of, which celebrated a return to classic 70's Alice. It's not quite there yet, but it's getting there. Marlette is still producing, but this time he and Cooper have decided to brighten the whole affair.
There are a couple really outstanding songs here. "Every Woman Has A Name" sounds like something Alice would have done with Ezrin. It's a lush song with strings that recalls "Only Women Bleed" or "It's Only My Heart Talking". Also great is "It's Much Too Late", which reminds me of "Wind Up Toy" from 1991. It has a lot of the old Alice 70's vibe too, it's fantastic. Very pop. Modern production is left off this one, the instruments sound cleaner and bright.
"Triggerman", the opening track, is fast with an industrial sound, but with much more emphasis on melody than Brutal Planet. "Disgraceland" features Alice doing quite a great Elvis impersonation, and the band are kicking back in a rockabilly groove too. Some might consider this track fluff, and it's definitely different than any other on the album, but it's pretty fun.
Unfortunately "Deeper" is just basically a rewrite of Brutal Planet's title track, with some "Blessed By Fire" mixed in. Just a boring, uninteresting track, with terrible sounding cymbal samples and a muddy riff that is just horrifically generic.
The bonus disc here is totally worth owning, even for casual Alice fans. Actually, especially for them in a way, because it'll give them exposure to some other awesome Alice tracks they may have missed. "Go To Hell" and "Dwight Fry" are live. (I cannot tell you if they are same versions as on Brutally Live or not, but I suspect that they are.) "Clowns Will Eat Me" was previously only available on Japanese import, and it's a great party track that fits much better in Dragontown than Brutal Planet for which it was recorded. Finally there's the remix of "Brutal Planet" itself which gives it a Rob Zombie feel. It's not a superior mix, (I miss the female backing vocal) but I always dig robots talking.
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Alice Cooper "NON BAND" CD,
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Triggerman - 100% This song is excellent. Great guitar intro, lyrics, chorus. It's not as noticeably heavy or angry as the opener/title track of Brutal Planet, but it works, and makes a good opener.
Deeper - 95% We'll, we're goin' deeper into Brutal Planet down to Dragontown now. Good percussive work at the beginning. We got the Cooper lyrics here, and the way he "sings" this song really fits the atmosphere.
Dragontown - 100% Oriental sounding intro. This song, is a lot like the title track to Brutal Planet, even though they don't sound similar. The same basic theme is there, and it worked before, and it works again. "You're really going to like this." Darn right you will. Did I mention it's got a good chorus?
Sex, Death, and Money - 95% Bass intro. This song is a little weird. First pass just seems like Cooper wants to toss out Sex and Death and Money all together, but, somehow, it works. This is one of the heavier tracks off of the album, and fits well with the overall theme of the album.
Fantasy Man - 85% Cooper's humor resurfaces from "It's The Little Things" on Brutal Planet on this song "Don't send flowers/or take showers" - well even with the lack of bathing, this song certainly doesn't stink, it's just one of my personal favorites, but a welcome song on the album at any rate.
Somewhere in Jungle - 90% I like the "feel" of this song, it works well. It's not really angry, nothing on this album really is like on Brutal Planet, everything here is more just a look at this Dragontown place. This song does a good job. Another great chorus.
Disgraceland - 100% Where the heck did this come from? This song is easily my favorite off the album, and was wonderful live. This song really doesn't fit the theme of the album... although, it's not too far off the mark. Not that it would matter. It's a good song. Cooper does an awesome Elvis impersonation (even live.) Cooper's humor is definitely out in force on this song, making it quite enjoyable. "He ate his weight in country ham" He sure did.
Sister Sara - 95% Starts off nice and heavy. Has Brutal Planet-esque female vocals, that work well with Cooper's voice in telling the story of a "nun havin' fun."
Every Woman Has A Name - 90% Yet another ballad from the Coop. Much in the same vein as "Take it Like A Woman" from Brutal Planet, yet different enough to be enjoyable. Cooper once again proves that he's a proficient ballad writer.
I Just Wanna Be God - 90% This is an interesting song. Nice and heavy, with some intriguing lyrics. Basically: Satan wants to be God. That's really all you need to know.
It's Much Too Late - 85% The style of this song is quite different then the prevailing style on Dragontown. It's lighter and peppier, if you will. His singing style is a bit different here. In fact, this song would probably fit on The Eyes of Cooper... right there with "Man of the Year." This is a good song, with a good chorus, and lyrically, it mostly fits with the theme of Dragontown.
The Sentinel - 95% Nice closer. Heavy, with something interesting lyrics about terrorists. Interesting is used loosely. "Connect the green wire here/or was it red?" Another great chorus from Cooper.
Dragontown concludes the intertwined concepts of Brutal Planet and Dragontown. It also marks the end of Cooper's heavier direction, as Eyes harkened back to his garage days. At least he created two solid albums that, in my opinion, are some of his best.
One note that I forgot to mention on my Brutal Planet review is the production of these two albums. Absolutely fantastic. Every instrument is clear, and Cooper's voice is never buried in the mix. Good production also creates a better listening to experience, and the production on these two albums don't leave much to be desired.
My final score is a 9/10, which of course Amazon doesn't account for.
2.0 out of 5 stars My 2nd Least Fav Of the Coops Master Peices,
I really only liked about 4 of the 12 songs on this album.
The rest were very disapointing IMO.... It is my second least fav album by Alice with Schools Out coming in at #1 which I only liked 2 out of the 9 track son that one!
I possible recomendation? That speichel edition of Dragon Town with the extras , if you get a good deal on it, this Album didnt appeal to me and lacked that classic quality that Alice adds to any form of Rock N Roll. It just didnt shien on this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll keep you on your knees. I am the brain police!,
4.0 out of 5 stars A rebirth,
No-one in hard rock or heavy metal writes better lyrics than Alice Cooper, and his raw, gritty voice has lost absolutely none of his power even now as he has entered his mid-fifties. He manages to be simultaneous compassionate, furious, sardonic and threatening - just listen to the evil Elvis-satire "Disgraceland" (is that really Cooper singing?!), or the poignant, yet powerful ballad "Every Woman Has A Name", a succesful throwback to the days of "Only Women Bleed".
This album is highlighted by the slow, sludgy rap/heavy fusion track "I Just Wanna Be God", the melodious "Every Woman Has A Name", the furious "Triggerman" and the harsh "Fantasy Man". Cooper's vocals has never been better, and this album finally restores him to his former glory.
No pop metal or weird prog-rock anthems here, just pure, unadulterated heavy metal, and the one of the best and most versatile solo album Cooper has ever made.
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