AC/DC: Black Ice

By: Dennis Cook

Even pondering whether AC/DC are making "the same album" over and over is irrelevant. They have their formulas and either you're into them or you ain't. A better question is "Will this get stripper poles properly waxed?" Their 15th album is likely to help rain singles down on the ladies. There's lovemaking and there's ballin' and AC/DC firmly grinds out the latter. In fact, if there's a difference between Black Ice and their last 3-4 albums it's the abundance of lead in their pencils this time. They always have fun but this time there's more focus to their pummel and Malcolm and Angus Young were a bit more discriminating in what songs they gave the boys. The lyrics are decent enough but never approach Bon Scott's nuances and gutter sophistication. The new tunes are ammo for their "For Those About To Rock" cannons in concert, with built in handclaps and breaks practically built around lighting cues. That's not such a bad thing when a band has stadium rock so completely figured out, and the results, even on record, will still likely make you hop up from your chair a few times. "Rock N Roll Train" and "Smash N Grab" are blunt to point of being remedial but you want dumbstick thump from post-Bon AC/DC. These are the "Thunderstruck" and "Stiff Upper Lip" guys, pure single entendre shock n' awe, and it's unreasonable to expect "Rock N Roll Singer," "What's Next To The Moon" or even "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" anymore. What Black Ice offers is fifteen resolutely solid new charges for their whippet dispenser, and by golly they'll fit in just fine next to "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Let's Get It Up." The band that's made a VERY successful 35 year career out of singing about being a hooligan, rutting, partying, brawling and other behavior frowned upon by polite society is still at it. That they've become the mainstream (Black Ice is sold exclusively through Wal-Mart) is beside the point. What we get out of AC/DC remains the same. And somebody's gotta provide the brass polish don't they?

Watch the official video for "Rock N Roll Train" over here.

JamBase | Down Under
Go See Live Music!

[Published on: 12/4/08]

Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!

You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!



‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 03:42AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^›      {¬¿¬}

my favorite band when I was in highschool

the best old album is rock and roll damnation for sure!!!


Chaloupka starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/5/2008 09:46AM
0 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


Got it. Dig t.

Muffinman1 Sun 12/7/2008 11:39AM
+3 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


I've seen this album at many of my local record stores. I asked about it and they said that any record store can import the album from other countries, and they were even selling it for cheaper than wal-mart. I found that interesting. Sounds like AC/DC took Wal-mart for a ride.

n-1 starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/7/2008 12:35PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

at least this can be considered the full band not one band member playing under the banner of their old classic group...GnR. Good review.

tron420 star Sun 12/7/2008 03:49PM
-2 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


What kind of band only sells their album at walmart? What a bunch of souless vampires! May they all rot in hell in my humble opinion, and it is just opinion. therefore it is always right because i have the right to voice my opinion being a citizen of the usa!!

phalluscooper Mon 12/8/2008 12:24PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


I feel the same way about exclusive WalMart distribution. I wouldn't call ACDC souless vampires but how corny. Great album aside.

Kindskatz Fri 12/12/2008 04:29PM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!


They sold like 700K copies of the album in a week, exclusively thru WalMart. Very impressive in general, but much more so when you consider how bad sales are these days and that only ONE retailer is carrying the album.

Artists gotta do what they gotta do to eat, don't hold it against them. And I know AC/DC is rich, doesn't change anything. The paradigm is shifting, out w/the old in w/the new.