Ballbreaker

Ballbreaker

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by AC/DC
     
 

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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.See more details below

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998021921
catalogNumber:
80219

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

AC/DC   Primary Artist
Brian Johnson   Vocals
Phil Rudd   Drums
Cliff Williams   Bass Guitar
Angus Young   Guitar
Malcolm Young   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Robert Ellis   Cover Photo
Mike Fraser   Producer,Engineer
Steve Holroyd   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
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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