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It's been more than a quarter-century since AC/DC bulldozed its way across the hard-rock landscape, leaving scores of tattered eardrums and kicked-in craniums behind -- which would make this an ideal time for quiet reflection on that history, right? Not in this universe, mate: The Aussie assault-machine has had five years to refuel, and it sounds as if most of that downtime has been spent revving the turbo-chargers to achieve maximum thrust. Angus Young's brute-force riffing remains virtually unchanged since AC/DC's onset, which gives plenty of old-fashioned Neanderthal punch to straight-forward chuggers like "Come and Get It" and the splendidly sleazy title track. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's been more than a quarter-century since AC/DC bulldozed its way across the hard-rock landscape, leaving scores of tattered eardrums and kicked-in craniums behind -- which would make this an ideal time for quiet reflection on that history, right? Not in this universe, mate: The Aussie assault-machine has had five years to refuel, and it sounds as if most of that downtime has been spent revving the turbo-chargers to achieve maximum thrust. Angus Young's brute-force riffing remains virtually unchanged since AC/DC's onset, which gives plenty of old-fashioned Neanderthal punch to straight-forward chuggers like "Come and Get It" and the splendidly sleazy title track. Most of the dozen tracks (notably "Come and Get It" and "I Feel Safe in New York City") further the band's classic take on the meaning of life -- namely getting drunk, getting laid, and getting out of town -- with renewed emphasis on Brian Johnson's razor-gargling voice. There's not a power ballad in the bunch, but then again, you don't go to a steakhouse expecting watercress sandwiches, do ya?
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC's 15th studio album, may not reach the heights of Back in Black or Highway to Hell, but it delivers strongly and satisfyingly. It's the record that the highly touted, Rick Rubin-produced Ballbreaker should have been: a simple, addictive, hard album, bursting with bold riffs and bolstered by a crunching, thrillingly visceral sound. Sure, there are absolutely no new ideas, but that's the point. AC/DC know their strengths and they embrace them. And why shouldn't they? Nobody writes a better riff than Malcolm and Angus Young; each song has a riff so catchy, it feels like you've heard it for years. Is there anything earth-shaking? Hardly, but it's largely terrific nonetheless, just because AC/DC are so good at what they do. It's simple music, to be sure, but it's unassumingly musical and, in a way rather smart. If making music like this was really that easy, why can't anybody else do it this well? Some bands are capable of knocking out one record like this -- one, maybe two. AC/DC do it nearly every time out. They've never really stretched, yet that's why they have one of the most reliable catalogs in rock & roll. When you put on one of their records, you know what you're in for, and they always deliver. With Stiff Upper Lip, they're not at classic status, but they're still top-notch. This may not be the first AC/DC record for a collection, but once you're into their scene, it's a fine place to be. [Legacy reissued the CD in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970829021
  • Catalog Number: 708290

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stiff Upper Lip (3:35)
  2. 2 Meltdown (3:41)
  3. 3 House of Jazz (3:56)
  4. 4 Hold Me Back (3:59)
  5. 5 Safe in New York City (3:59)
  6. 6 Can't Stand Still (3:41)
  7. 7 Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll (4:02)
  8. 8 Satellite Blues (3:46)
  9. 9 Damned (3:51)
  10. 10 Come and Get It (4:02)
  11. 11 All Screwed Up (4:36)
  12. 12 Give It Up (4:13)
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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
Mike Fraser Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Angus Young Composer
Malcolm Young Composer
Eric Altenburger Digital Manipulation
Alli Art Direction
Dean Karr Contributor
Eric Attenburger Retouching
Alan Di Perna Liner Notes
Masa Ito Liner Notes
Ricky St. Pierre Equipment Technician
Arnaud Durieux Memorabilia
Yamani Watkins Photo Production
Geoff Banks Equipment Technician
Richard Jones Equipment Technician
George Young Producer, Audio Production
Mista Dean Karr Art Conception
Mark Alfrey Sculpture
Stan Lok Sculpture
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is ac/dc at their best dont listen to the negative reviews people

    this album is just complete awesomeness this is ac/dc at their best ac/dc will always rock brian johnson is not a lame old lead singer hes the best lead singer on the planet along with a bunch of other lead singers this band is the best of the best ac/dc is the best of the best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not good at all dude

    This album sucks except for like one song which is &quot You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll&quot other than that this sucks and what I really think makes it sucks well theres two things one is Brian Johnson is a horrible singer now hes old he is not a good vocalist anymore two most of these songs dont even sound like rock they are all just they dont sound like old acdc ok it just doesent and three horrible lyrics, and just horrible songwriting so unless your deaf save yourself from the awful already deafening horrible album this is by not buying it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this is one of the best rock and roll records in a long while. it is pure, simple hard boogie rock. these guys still carry on the tradition of pure no nonsense rock,like the sword, and the new york city based band Lord Awesome. Lord Awesome in particular are up and coming as well and they put on the best live show out there, they have an energy and a presence comparable to ac/dc themselves. i have seen them so many times. you all should check them out.

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