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AC/DC's fourth album is the lull after the triumph of Let There Be Rock and before the mighty peaks of If You Want Blood You've Got It and Highway to Hell. Powerage contains all the familiar AC/DC trademarks: Bon Scott's rather less than Yeatsian lyrical vision ("Rock & Roll Damnation," "Up to My Neck in You"), Angus Young's brilliantly minimal guitar playing, a rhythm section as relentless and efficient as an infantry regiment, and the astute production of former Easybeats Harry Vanda and George Young; however, it lacks a truly transcendent moment, a "Whole Lotta Rosie" or a "T.N.T." Of course, even an average AC/DC album is an eloquent lesson in the fundamentals of rock & roll, and by that token Powerage still blows most opposition out of the water. Bon Scott's exultant declaration of working-class solidarity, "Riff Raff," is worth six Bon Jovi albums on its own. --Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Well, to begin with, LET THERE BE ROCK, may contain more well known classics, such as "Problem Child", "Rosie", and the title track. But, it also contains more forgettable material like "Go Down" and "Badboy Boogie". On the other hand, there simply isn't a weak cut on POWERAGE. Plus, the production is better.
HIGHWAY TO HELL and BACK IN BLACK are classics, no doubt about it. However, I feel that Mutt Lange seriously robbed the band of its power with his slick production techniques. Compare HIGHWAY TO HELL to POWERAGE and the songs are about as equally good. But, POWERAGE, while well-engineered, has a rawness and intensity to it that Lange's pop-friendly production does not. HIGHWAY may be easier to digest, but POWERAGE is tougher and more unrelenting.
BACK IN BLACK is automatically docked points in my book because Bon isn't on it. I mean no disrespect to Brian Johnson, but Bon was the definitive AC/DC frontman, hands-down. And, again, I think Lange drained much of the intensity out of some excellent songs in order to achieve a sound that was more easily accepted by the masses. I know, alot of AC/DC fans will argue that BIB sounds "HUGE". Granted, it's very well engineered and produced, but, to me, it sounds way too glossy. This sound may work well for Def Leppard, but it just neuters AC/DC's sound. I think that Young and Vanda had a better understanding of how AC/DC should sound on record.
So, there you go. Take or leave this review, but don't skip POWERAGE.
Not a great jumping off point for beginners or casual fans of the band, but no true AC/DC-phile`s collection is complete without "Powerage"
"Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" is a great, mid-tempo rocker with a catchy, descending chorus, "What's Next To The Moon" is a bluesy, vastly underrated masterpiece with a groovy, shuffling backbeat, and "Sin City" is as good as anything Scott ever penned.
Bon Scott's vocals were never better than on "Powerage", and neither was his way with words, or Malcolm Young's ability to bash out one masterful riff after another on his battered Gretch Firebird guitar.
You may have to listen to this album a few times before you start to really appreciate it, but eventually it will grow on you. "Down Payment Blues", "Sin City", "Gone Shootin'" and "What's Next To The Moon" are among the grooviest, most muscular rockers AC/DC ever comitted to tape, even if most of them are less shout-along-friendly than "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Highway To Hell". Still, musically and lyrically, this is AC/DC - and Bon Scott in particular - at the top of their game.
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