Constrictor

Constrictor

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by Alice Cooper
     
 
At a time when many of the forgotten bands of the '70s began to resurface, Alice Cooper released Constrictor in 1986, his first album in three years. The album attempts a fresh start, which made sense, since Cooper suffered physically, creatively, and commercially over the past decade due to changing trends and alcoholism, which left his latest releases void of

Overview

At a time when many of the forgotten bands of the '70s began to resurface, Alice Cooper released Constrictor in 1986, his first album in three years. The album attempts a fresh start, which made sense, since Cooper suffered physically, creatively, and commercially over the past decade due to changing trends and alcoholism, which left his latest releases void of the energy that had made Killer and Welcome to My Nightmare so popular. For the most part, Cooper succeeded in re-establishing himself -- this is arguably some of the best work he put forth in years. Nothing comes close to the songs he recorded in his '70s heyday, but what's here is surprisingly lively and sharp-witted: "Simple Disobedience" is a catchy anthem of rebellion, and "Teenage Frankenstein" is a straightforward, amusingly melodramatic rocker. Like most of Cooper's '80s work, Constrictor's large amount of filler makes the album unmemorable on the whole, but it serves an importance in proving that Cooper was still entirely capable of rocking out, and was ready for a return to the mainstream without completely selling himself short.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1995
Label:
Mca Special Products
UPC:
0076732576120
catalogNumber:
5761
Rank:
25913

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alice Cooper   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kane Roberts   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Paul Delph   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Beau Hill   Background Vocals
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Donnie Kisselbach   Bass Guitar
David Rosenberg   Drums
Kip Winger   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Alice Cooper   Composer
Kane Roberts   Composer
Stephen Benben   Engineer
Beau Hill   Producer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Bob Marlette   Composer
Michael Wagener   Producer,Engineer
David Hale Associates   Cover Design

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Constrictor 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many fans thought that rock legend Alice Cooper was gone for good before the release of this album. Alice who had recorded several excellent,platinum smashing albums throughout the 70's had disappeared from the music scene in the early 80's in many people's minds. Actually that was not exactly true. Cooper realizing that his 70's hard rocking style was no longer popular with new age and dsico becoming popular, ahd released four bizarre albums in the early 80's (Flush the Fashion,Special Forces,Zipper Catches Skin, and Dada) None of the albums captured the imagination of the buying public. Cooper also was suffering from a bout with alcoholism. After cleaning himself up for good, Alice observed that metal was making a comeback and many of the bands such as Motley Crue cited him as a huge influence. This is where Constrictor comes in. In 1986, Cooper returned with his trademark theatrical show and released the Constrictor album (it was rereleased in 1995) The album was the beginning of a great comeback by Alice. The album is heavier than any of Alice's albums up to this period and returned with is scary lyrics. While this is not Alice's best work by a long shot, it will please many 80's metal fans. Chekc out the excellent guitar work by Kane Roberts and Kip Winger (from 80's metal band,Winger) plays bass. Highlights of the album include Teenage Frankenstein,The World Needs Guts, and Crawlin'! Also of note is the song, ''He's Back-The Man Behind the Mask.'' The song was included on the Friday the 13th Part 6 soundtrack and also let fans know Alice was back himself. This track, for all you trivia fans, went to No.1 in Sweden, which is amazing because the Friday the 13th movie had not been released there at the time. For fans of the heavier Alice, this is a good place to start though I think you will enjoy The Last Temptation,Brutal Planet, and Dragontown even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago