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by Alice Cooper

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Dragontown continues the assault of Alice Cooper's gift to the new millennium that was Brutal Planet. Considered a third chapter of a trilogy initiated by 1994's The Last Temptation, this shadowy production plays like hardcore in slow motion. There is no one identifiable song like "Gimme" or "Brutal Planet"


Dragontown continues the assault of Alice Cooper's gift to the new millennium that was Brutal Planet. Considered a third chapter of a trilogy initiated by 1994's The Last Temptation, this shadowy production plays like hardcore in slow motion. There is no one identifiable song like "Gimme" or "Brutal Planet" from the last episode, but the production values are high and the innovative riffs consistent. This work stands on its own, chock-full of the dark prince of pop's nasty humor. "It's Much Too Late" is supposed to be for John Lennon, but the Beatlesque backing vocals sound like Carole King's hit from Tapestry on hard drugs. There are references to the sacrilege spread out over Lennon's work from Plastic Ono Band to Imagine, but here Alice takes off the gloves and gives the church the finger: "I'm sending you all to hell/I'm tired and I'm wired here...." Continuing the dismal discourse of the previous record, Cooper takes Ray Davies' advice in a way the Kinks' leader never could -- A.C. actually gives the fans what they want. "The Sentinel" is some creature of the devil out there harvesting souls -- possibly the souls of dead rock & rollers. The ode to Elvis Presley is a bit more unnerving: "Disgraceland" is metal rockabilly with blazing guitars -- "Went to the pearly gates/Said I'm uh here to sing/And Peter said, 'Well son, you see we already got ourselves a king.'" If you don't think Alice Cooper is the Bob Dylan of nastiness, you clearly haven't followed his pernicious poetry over the years. (Hasn't everyone tried too hard to like Bob Dylan's Love and Theft? Do you really think it will have a place in history as solid as "Like a Rolling Stone" or "Ballad of a Thin Man"?) Where Mariah Carey goes through the motions and wonders why no one cares, Alice Cooper proves that he still does care. This might not be as platinum as Trash or as explosive as Killer, but the older, wiser Alice Cooper devastates with subtle intensity and venomous lyrics. The 12-page booklet inside the very Halloweenish cover contains print that is much too small, but the great photos are exactly what the fans crave: Alice showing the world he was Freddy Krueger long before that character came to life. "Every Woman Has a Name" is a beautiful evil ballad, a throwback to the days of "How You Gonna See Me Now," only Cooper's vocals are even better years later; he is a great singer, the Perry Como of hate. It's too bad the songs are so utterly negative -- at ten minutes shy of an hour, this album succeeds in going further down into the depths and would be a perfect horror movie soundtrack. If you can't figure out who "I Just Wanna Be God" is about you haven't read your Bible. "I'm the omnipresent ruler of the human race...I was born to rock/I was born to rule." Alice Cooper narrates from the first person, the Devil's frustrations are the angst that punks, metal heads, and rappers are floundering around looking for. "I Just Wanna Be God" is rap in slow motion -- a loud, sludgy dirge. It explodes after the ballad and disintegrates into "The Sentinel." If St. Peter stands by the pearly gates, then Alice Cooper is putting in his nomination to be the guardian of hell's entry point. He should be careful what he wishes for. From the blitz that is "Triggerman," which opens the album, to the crunching conclusion, this album is so good that it appears Alice has already landed the job. Listener beware.

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Dragontown 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just picked up the CD today. It is awesome. Vintage Cooper. I can't wait to see you October 30th at Foxwoods. Last year's show was wonderful. I am a 41 year-old white female who remembers her first concert at the Providence Civic Center when I was 14 years old. The School's Out Album was just out. Enclosed in the cover was a paper lace panty. Unique then and unique now. New bands should take a lesson from Alice. He was the first and still is the best. Fans, let's start to e-mail Alice on his own website and ask for a video. MTV will never be the same. If CD's were made of vinyl, it would burn!!! Great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to say that I am an Alice Cooper fan since more than a decade now and I just can't believe how good alice cooper is. He really is the Master, it just seems that I would never get tired of any alice songs they are just timeless and so good. With dragontown, I swear if you buy it you will never stop playing it, it's really dark but has so much sense, it seems like Alice can predict things such as the september 11th act, referring to the Sentinel(last song on the album). In conclusion Alice is still one of the best poet in the music history and is last album will prove it. Dragontown is a masterpiece, thanks ALICE!!! by the way sorry for my english I am a french Canadian so I've probably made a couple mistakes but the intention was to give my opinion so....
Guest More than 1 year ago
With ''DRAGONTOWN,'' the remarkable and ageless rock legend, Alice Cooper, completes his brilliant trilogy of good versus evil that started with the 1994 release of ''THE LAST TEMPTATION.'' The second installment built to a crescendo with the 2000 release of the apocalyptic yet thoroughly entertaining ''BRUTAL PLANET.'' Now with ''DRAGONTOWN,'' Alice has outdone himself with an album that not only hits all the right notes musically and lyrically, but also chronicles the events of the world like nothing I have heard in the last decade. This is a mission to the darkest regions of the Brutal Planet. Whether you are into hard rock, heavy metal, gothic, industrial, or even an occasional ballad, this collection hits the bulls eye on all fronts. Tracks such as ''Triggerman,'' ''Dragontown,'' ''Deeper,'' ''Somewhere In The Jungle,'' and ''Sex, Death & Money'' will absolutely pin you to the wall. ''Disgraceland'' is the most inventive and disturbing send-up on the life of Elvis Presley that has ever been written. The album closes with ''The Sentinel,'' where Alice virtually seems to predict, almost to the letter, the catastrophic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. For over 30 years, Alice has been a master visionary and observer, depicting the reality of life in America and the world with a dark tongue-in-cheek satire that few artists can ever hope to hold a candle to. What really disturbs me is the fact that if Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, or The Dave Matthew's Band were writing material like that found on DRAGONTOWN - or any of Alice's albums - they would be on the cover of every rock magazine in the country. Why has the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame continued to neglect Alice? Why does someone like Ozzy Osbourne (who hasn't grown a lick musically) continue to garner so much press? And what about Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Ministry, White Zombie, Black Sabbath, Stone Temple Pilots and numerous other contemporaries? All great bands in their own right, but next to Alice they sound repetitive and lacking in fresh ideas. I think Rob Zombie summed up the Alice cooper phenomena best when he said: ''People have been ripping him off for years. They just don't have the stones to admit it,'' Remember The Coop'. Accept no substitutes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm 15 yrs. old and i have been listening to you since i was three. and i've just about all of his stuff and this ranks with the tops i'm just glad he has another cd i picked up today! The first concert i went was Alice Cooper back in Phoenix 95
Guest More than 1 year ago
Think of this as DragonTown revisited. Disc 2 makes DragonTown all the more fun to hear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately a TREAT !!!! Alice at his usual best. When does the tour start??? I'll buy the first ticket.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this up last Tuesday and I haven't been able to stop listening to DragonTown, it's that good. And Dragontown is even more scarier than The Last Temptation or Brutal Planet. And to mention the fact that this album is so Biblical...WOW!!!! Take it from me, this album will make you think about how strong your faith really is. I can see the points Alice makes on DragonTowm with tracks like ''Dragontown'' ''Sex,Death, and Money'', ''Fantasy Man'', ''DIsgraceland'' and ''Sister Sara'' This album marks Alice returning to what he knows best: Scaring the bejuzus out of us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw The Legend himself in concert last night! He brought Dragontown to the southwest, and he rocked! Dragontown, Sex Death & Money, Every Woman Has a Name, and Fantasy Man from this cd, were on the set list, among other great songs. I may have done things backwards, but I'm getting this cd! |,,|, Rock on Alice!!! ,|,,|
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice Cooper again shows the world his uncanny (and unforunately widely forgotten)talent for intertwining social satire via viciously wry lyrics and thunderstorm melodies like so many boa constrictors. With the exception of the acoustic ''Every Woman Has a Name,'' more aptly titled ''Only Women Bleed, Part 3,'' what we have here is a sonic final (?) chapter to his years-long trilogy begun with 1994's ''The Last Temptation,'' escalated with last year's ''Brutal Planet,'' and dumping us here in Dragontown, the post-nuclear captital city of Brutal Planet. What puzzles me is how the masses worshipped the imitators like Marilyn Manson during his/her/it's 15 minutes of fame have failed to see past the flash and LISTEN for the music, and what's more, how ''alternative'' FM has collectively ignored Cooper since his ''shocking'' days back in the 70's. Sure, the theatrics are still there, and done as only Alice can, but the band is tight because the material is top-notch and meets the challenge of the classics ''I'm 18,'' ''No More Mr. Nice Guy,'' and yes, ''School's Out.'' Alice Cooper is no nostalgia act; he is still a groundbreaking artist both in the studio and onstage. Get your butt out there and take a trip to Dragontown. You may never come home again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is similar to last year's Brutal Planet disk. Alice still writes, sings and rocks better than many newer artists around today. That's why he's nicknamed ''The Master'' My favorite tracks include the title track, ''Sex Death & Money'', It's too Late'', ''Disgraceland'', and of course, ''Every Woman Has a Name'' (which should be released as a single). Glad to see the Coop has not gone the adult-contemporay route like other artists his age. ''Every Woman..'' is the only ballad here. The main reason I give it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I wish it had a happier ending in the lyrics like Cooper's Last Temptation album. Still it is required listening. Let's persuade our local radio stations to play tracks from Dragontown.
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