The Eyes of Alice Cooperby Alice Cooper
Give him points for persistence: Alice Cooper just won't quit. He's seen it all from the bottom to the top -- and done the trip more than once -- but still continues on his merry-morbid way, punching out albums like a spry young'un. The first thing one has to say about The Eyes of Alice Cooper is thank Jehovah and all his witnesses that the Mascara'd One has grown out of his metal/industrial phase. That look just never took. Discs like Brutal Planet (2000) and the somewhat better Dragontown (2001) offered little to his legacy or his legion of fans -- aside from nascent headbangers discovering the Coop for the first time. Eyes harks back to Alice's overly maligned early-'80s discs Special Forces and Flush the Fashion -- albums that suffered by comparison with his landmark '70s releases but remain far more musically appealing than the aforementioned new-millennium fare. It takes a couple of listens to "get it," but there is some very good material here: largely derivative, yes, but energetic and entertaining nonetheless. And the old sneer-and-wink is back and comes through in lyrics that, unlike the sonics, are distinctive. The punkish "Man of the Year" is a tragicomedy rip on button-down-collar types who climb life's ladder only to end up putting a gun in their mouths. "Novocaine" (the very word brings back memories of Billion Dollar Babies and "Unfinished Sweet") has, believe it, a Bruce Springsteen guitar sound. The best rocker of the pack is "Detroit City," a quasi-anthemic, mid-tempo grunter fuelled by a slapping, tom-tom beat and a fist-pumping chorus. (MC5's Wayne Kramer adds an extra axe on this one.) The classically Cooper-esque ballad "Be With You a While" is another scene-stealer ("I wish I could tell you/Something you didn't know/I wish I could give you/Something you didn't own") and shows that the ol' snake-twirler still has a sensitive side. The most autobiographical moment comes with the second track, "Between High School and Old School." To wit: "I'm stuck somewhere between high school and old school." Ah, but was it not always thus? For more than three decades Alice has been everyone's favorite grown-up in teens' clothing. And that's why he's loved. Alice being Alice. It's tried and true and it works again here. Not exceptionally, but more than acceptably. In the sweeping context of his legendary career, one could say that The Eyes of Alice Cooper is far from his best album and just as far from his worst.
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- Eagle Records
Performance CreditsAlice Cooper Primary Artist,Vocals
Wayne Kramer Guitar
Ted Andreadis Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards
Eric Singer Drums,Vocals
Scott Gilman Clarinet,Saxophone
Ryan Roxie Guitar,Vocals
Eric Dover Guitar,Vocals
Chuck Garric Bass,Vocals
Teddy Zig Zag Percussion,Accordion,Keyboards
Technical CreditsAlice Cooper Composer
Scott Gilman Contributor
Mikal Reid Composer
Ryan Roxie Composer
Eric Dover Composer
Andrew Murdock Producer,Engineer
Curtis Evans Packaging
Fred Archambault Engineer
Chuck Garric Composer
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While not as fantastic as Alice Cooper's recent masterpieces (Dragontown and Brutal Planet), this is a strong high quality rock album with great songs performed by great musicians. If you like rock music, you will like this CD!
I keep hearing the buzz on this album. I cannot wait until it comes out. I just know it's gonna be a masterpiece from the masterhimself.
"Brutal Planet" and "Dragontown" are two of the best Alice Cooper albums of all time. They contain some hard driving great rock music. I guess the reviewer for All Music Guide just likes to keep artists in his/her preconceived little box. His new album, "Eyes of Alice Cooper" is different yet just as great!
Ummm... Wasn't that "phase" what brought Al back from the rut he had been in for a number of years? I really enjoyed "Brutal Planet" and (to a lesser extent) "Dragontown", and was looking forward to more in this vein. But do we really need to hark back to the (admittedly successful but nauseatingly pop) first Bob Ezrin era? Unless you really like running that restaurant, Al, get us back to the grinder days of the previous 2 CDs. I guess we'll see by sales who wins the war, but I'm betting that "BP" and "DT" will ultimately outsell this one.
Before getting this album, the last AC album I have is Go to Hell (1976). I have not bothered to get his "new" stuff. I heard samples from Dragontown / Brutal Planet and thought it was too metal for my tastes. The 80s stuff...well..I never got into that either. I read all the hoopla regarding this "new" album so I went and got it.....(pause).... 1) Alice's vocals are great, crisp and clear 2) I did not like this album at all after a first listening. After listening to it several times, it is growing on me. It is a good solid album. I like about 75% of the songs. 3) In regards to "nodding to his past," well I guess you can say that. There is metal/thrash, classic, and punk on this album. "Man of the Year" could pass as a Green Day song. 4) there are 2 ballads: "The song that did not rhyme" and "Be with you awhile" that could fit on Welcome (1975) or GTH (1976). "Be with you awhile" has a "Only Women Bleed" (1975) sound. "This House is haunted" sounds like the "Stephen" songs at the end of Welcome with that dreamy sound/vocals. "Novocaine" could fit on any of the 70s albums.
I loved the albums Brutal Planet and Dragontown. For many years Alice has been leading us into the dark unknown. This album has just gone to a place that I don't care to go. I have been a fan of Alice Cooper for 15 years and there has been a few albums that never captured his dark nature and this one is one of those albums. I will pass on this album and wait for the next album that will hopefully return to the dark places of things that go bump in the night and welcome us to new nightmares.
The Eyes of Alice Cooper harkens back to 1971. Each and every note on this album is incredible, unstoppable and stellar. It doesn't getany better than this. Old and New fans will love this one. The Legend has returned with a album that will blow your socks off.