Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"Alice Cooper Goes to Hell" by Alice Cooper (1976)
My Overall Rating of the Tracks Separately:
Don't bother. Seriously, don't bother unless you like watching train wrecks happen.
I knew I was in trouble when the second track was straight-up disco without a punchline. Basically, "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell" is an exercise in "Alice sings a song in the style of [insert genre Alice Cooper fans don't like here]." Given that this was recorded at the point in Alice's life where his personal vices damn near killed him, I can see how he got off track. But veteran producer Bob Ezrin should have known better. All I can figure is that he must have been high from the fumes Alice was giving off. I took a lot of notes for this record, but they don't matter here at all. All you need to know are these two things: (1) Alice Cooper can sound an awful lot like Weird Al (vocally and lyrically) if he's not paying attention and (2) most of the songs from "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell" sound like they should've been recorded by The Carpenters. If Alice isn't gonna bother, then neither am I. Instead, go listen to the infinitely superior "Billion Dollar Babies." I had a lot to say about that one.
So, is it an album? No. The liner notes relate a really interesting premise behind the LP. Unfortunately, the songs never bother to explore (or even acknowledge) that premise, except for a few random lines. "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell" is a concept album without a concept. Or an album.
Up next, we finally get some true metal! It's "Metal Heart" by Accept.