- Audio CD (Sept. 13 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B005F6NA4W
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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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".
Former rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce co-wrote the bitter "When Hell Comes Home" which is perhaps the albums best cut. Alice's breathy vocals tell a tale of spousal and child abuse and the revenge that ensues.
"I Gotta Get Outta Here" is almost folksy (think the Travelling Wilburys) and despite the title lifted from the classic "Ballad of Dwight Frye", has nothing in common but it's another of the better songs nontheless.
I bought the slightly more expensive CD with four bonus tracks. "Under The Bed" (which should have made the official album) and live versions of "Poison", "No More Mr. Guy" and "The Black Widow".
For any musician to sound the same at 65 as they did at 23 is something in itself and Alice deserves credit for that if nothing else. He did the right thing by reconnecting with Ezrin and this is one of his best works in the last 20 years. I do wish the original band members would have contributed more but it's still great that they reunited for a few songs.
In a way this album is the musical equivalent of the 1983 film "Psycho II". There's no way to top a masterpiece, but to craft a worthy sequel decades later that also stands on its own is something to be commended, and here Alice does just that.
"I Am Made of You" is a soft ballad with excellent lyrics, I quite like this one. Here Alice makes use of a vocoder which adds a certain modern sounding effect to his voice (not it's not autotune). To be honest I would've preferred Alice to sing in his normal voice on this one but I still like the song with the effect and all but I don't think it was necessary. Cafeine is a great more upbeat song, a full-on rocker and a catchy tune. "The Nightmare Returns" is sort a prelude to it all, it has the haunting piano piece from the original nightmare. "Last Man On Earth" is hard to describe it has almost a slow 1940's big band soun. Totally unexpected this great song has a fantastic feel, some excellent lyrics from Alice and the musicians on this track are fantastic! "I'll Bite Your Face Off" has a country riff and feel to it. There's definitely some country inspired guitar work here and mixed with Alice's angry delivery it works. I like the piano breakdown, a nice touch. "Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever" is one of the craziest songa Cooper has ever recorded. He raps the lyrics in many parts of the song for one, and the weird disco beat and accompanying voices. Yet towards the end it goes into full-on rock mode with some fast playing and solos. All this contributes in making this the odd song on W2MN. "Ghouls Gone Wild" is reminiscent of 1960's surfer music, very upbeat as well, not my favorite but not bad either a fun track. "Something To Remember Me By" is the album's second ballad; Alice's voice is touching and very effective on this one. "The guitar-piano combination on "When Hells Comes Home" contributes in setting a creepy mood. And the lyrics are twisted and fun ("Daddy likes to drink when daddy drives...", "I'm just so tired of being scared"), one of my favorite songs on the album and reminiscent of his 70's work. "What Baby Wants" features Pop singer Ke$ha. Yes, I know what you're thinking I wasn't so sure of this at first but I reserved judgment until I heard the song. It's very modern Techno/Pop and while I'm not a fan of this music I actually enjoy this song. With repeated listening I think this is one of the best songs on W2MN, it's enjoyable. "I Gotta Get Outta Here" also has a Country feel to it because of the guitars yet it's still unmistakably Alice and it has a nice chorus. "The Underture" is an amazing instrumental that shifts beats and moods often, it's unpredictable. It puts together very well parts of the original nightmare with this new nightmare, I love this one.
I got to give credit to Alice, he did what he wanted on this album with whoever he wanted (Ke$ha, Bob Ezrin, members of the Alice Cooper Band) and although I don't like everything he did on this album I respect him for trying. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is not experimental in the same way the earlier AC records are but here Alice tries Country, Techno/Pop, uses a vocoder etc. so there are some experiments on this album. This Alice Cooper quote from the Amazon.com editorial review pretty much sums it all: "I like people that don't belong and yet what they're doing works perfectly. I don't care where it comes from, as long as it's right. If you tell me something doesn't work, I'll work my head off until it does then shove it down your throat."
Interesting enough there are several bonus tracks on different versions of the album. The Itunes and Vinyl versions both have an extra track (even the standard edition is credited as having a bonus song). The deluxe edition has three bonus songs the Classic Rock Magazine Fan Pack has two extra songs as well. It's a little hard to keep up. I would've liked a version with a second CD with all the bonus tracks that would it much easier and less expensive for collectors like me.
Welcome 2 My Nightmare is not a straightforward sequel to the original but it stands on its own as a good, diverse Alice Cooper album. The more I listen to it the more I can appreciate the album and its diversity. Not my favorite Alice Cooper album but I think he delivered once more a solid album and an entertaining one at that. With all the collaborations, style experiments and the dark humor sprinkled on it, I think Welcome 2 My Nightmare is a very good album. Perhaps not 5 star material but a great album in this reviewer's opinion. The nightmare is just as real 36 years later. 4/5
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