Top critical review
on February 13, 2001
Made in CAN in 2000, Serial# 70211-50382-1, Playing Time 48:06
Alice Cooper (AC) is one of those artists that keep evolving: every album shows that he's not using a "standard recipe".
I've listened to this CD about a dozen times before reviewing it, because this time, the musical direction is greatly different than any of his previous work. The more I listen to it, the more I think this is not for the casual Cooper fan: the vocals are angry as usual and his voice is easily recognizable; including the lyrics in the booklet was a great idea because I find that the lyrics are saving this CD.
This is definitely AC's "darkest" album, both thematically and sonically. It doesn't resemble "Trash" or "Killer" or "Welcome To My Nightmare" or "Constrictor". Listen to some audio samples of any of the first 7 tracks: it's quite a surprise.
Unfortunately, the sound textures present on this CD are precisely what kept me away from many albums in the 90's: guitar sounds that are between "grungy" and "sludgy", not even remotely interesting, making the melodies completely un-memorable: remove the vocals, and I'm not sure you'd know which song is playing (except for "Take It Like A Woman", which DOES have a defined melody).
I picked up AC's albums as they came out ever since "Killer", with 1 exception: Brutal Planet. I want to hear songs, and my favorite on this CD is "It's The Little Things", probably because it's the most musical. I somehow feel that the tracks improve the deeper you get into the album: I think the worst are the first 5, while the best are the last 5.
I'm not an un-conditional fan of any artist, so even though it IS original, it's a big disappointment for me. Will I buy his next album? ABSOLUTELY. The man has talent! But Brutal Planet is just one of those albums I won't wear out on my CD player...