In over 20 years, AC/DC never changed their minimalist, bone-crunching hard rock. During their first ten years, that wasn't a problem, since they were still finding ways to expand and subvert the pattern, but ever since For Those About to Rock, they had trouble coming up with consistent material. Consequently, their performances tended to be a little lazy and their records didn't deliver a reliable knockout punch. Released in 1990, The Razor's Edge showed some signs of life, and their comeback culminated in the Rick Rubin-produced Ballbreaker. What makes Ballbreaker different than the albums AC/DC churned out during the '80s is simple -- it's a matter of focus. Although "Hard as a Rock" comes close, there aren't any songs as immediately memorable as any of their '70s classics, or even "Moneytalks." However, unlike any record since Back in Black, there are no bad songs on the album. Surprisingly, Rubin's production is a bit too dry, lacking the muscle needed to make the riffs sound truly earthshaking. Nevertheless, Angus Young's riffs are powerful and catchy, showcasing every element that makes him one of hard rock and heavy metal's greatest guitarists. Throughout the album, the band sounds committed and professional, making Ballbreaker the best late-period AC/DC album to date.
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Performance CreditsAC/DC Primary Artist
Brian Johnson Vocals
Phil Rudd Drums
Cliff Williams Bass Guitar
Angus Young Guitar
Malcolm Young Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Technical CreditsRobert Ellis Cover Photo
Mike Fraser Producer,Engineer
Steve Holroyd Engineer
Rick Rubin Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Angus Young Composer
Malcolm Young Composer
Noel Rafferty Engineer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
David McMacken Artwork,Illustrations,Cover Illustration
A. Young Composer
Masa Ito Liner Notes
Arnaud Durieux Photo Courtesy
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Crude,Rude and Lewd; the way AC/DC should be!
Ballbreaker is simply the best AC/DC album since Highway to Hell. It's not an issue of individual songs, since Back In Black has 10 of them and Who Made Who is one of AC/DC's best ever. However, they all roll together into one very exciting musical experience. Apparently they're not destined to be classics, because I hear none of them on the radio ever. However, The Honey Roll has one of the catchiest riffs of all time, and the slower, tighter, bluesier riff of Burnin' Alive combined with the awesome power of Brian Johnson's shriek proves that it is AC/DC's best single track since at least Heatseeker, maybe even Who Made Who. Also, the title track closes out the album with a serious bang. This one is more than worth it, buy it today.
The rock band AC/DC reunited with Phil Rudd has released the album Ballbreaker. There is 11 songs in this one and only 1 is bad which is Love Bomb. For the rest they are good especially Caught With Your Pants Down. The songs sound a little bit the same, but the album is still good. AC/DC still got it.
This album is filled with lyrics that are too naughty for the kitties. The album has great riffs and some nice lyrics, including a very good opener Hard A Rock. The voice of Brian Johnson is still the same and the lyrics are good. Then the follow up, Cover You In Oil starts, it's any mans fantasy. My favorite song in this album is Honeyroll, because of it's riff at the begining and the lyrics. Then you'll hear Caught With Your Pants Down and it will leave you with a belt. Whiskey On The Rocks is a slower and more bluesy song, it will probably leave you thirsty. Song will also remind you of Have A Drink On Me. Ballbreaker ends the album and what a song. Hard and heavy riffs, screaming voice and it's awesome. Talk about a epic ending. Buy this album!
After hearing the album again and reading the lyrics, Ballbreaker is great and outstanding.