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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: October 26, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • ASIN: B001F7EZ9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's a good album, folks. Mind you, I'm totally easy to please when it comes to AC/DC. I embrace their all-sound-same style and just look for relatively solid execution. But Black Ice is probably their best release since Fly on the Wall (which is under rated, IMHO). Let me expound. The production on Black Ice is everything a hard rock record should have. Every instrument sounds through the mix clearly. The snare sounds awesome. The guitars sound awesome, which power amp distortion that gets gritty when they push it, but cleans up when they play lightly. Seriously, it has less "distortion" than pretty much any album in the Brian Johnson era but still sounds heavy. The mix is NOT brick wall limited at all, and you can hear/feel the dynamics in the guitar playing so that when they back off, your ears get the break they need just like a live performance. Also, they showed enough restraint in the low end EQ that even when I crank my stock car stereo up the bass doesn't flub out. And after listening to ten songs cranked way up, my ears aren't worn out by loudness-wars pummel like on so many records today. It's probably mixed "loud" relative to '70's records, but shows a lot more dynamics than nearly any heavy music coming out nowadays.

And Brian Johnson sounds really good! Really good. Probably the best since Flick of the Switch, once again. I don't know what physical work he's done on his voice, but he's lost the about-to-die strain I could hear on Stiff Upper Lip. They keep him in the middle of the mix rather than out front, but that works well. He's not buried in the mix like on Fly on the Wall.

Angus plays slide on one tune, which I first thought would be gimmicky when I read about it, but really works great. Sounds awesome.
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AC/DC have finally released new material after eight years of waiting, not to mention the three or so years that they teased us, releasing statements for that long about how new material was being written and recorded. If I were less faithful, I would've said that the new album would become the next Chinese Democracy, having its release date pushed back X amount of times until everyone lost interest. Yet here's the new album, Black Ice, as promised. I must say, it was worth the wait.

The lead single, "Rock N Roll Train", was released onto radio about a month ago, and it silenced the critics right away (and if they were still saying negative things, you wouldn't be able to hear it over the sheer volume of the track!). All of the classic AC/DC components are here: Ang and Mal's chunky guitar chords, Cliff's driving eighth note bass, Phil's mechanically consistent drums, and of course, Brian's lethal shriek. I was left slack-jawed when I first heard "Train" on the radio, and thankfully, the rest of the album lives up to the track.

Upon the first listen of the album as a whole, I noticed a shift toward more melodic chord progressions, yet instead of another Stiff Upper Lip, the songs stay heavy; some songs ("Anything Goes" in particular) sound like the the more melodic side of The Razor's Edge, to give you an idea of what I'm talking about. There are also a fair amount of songs that pay homage to AC/DC's '80-'85 era ("Money Made"). Over all, fans of AC/DC should not be disappointed with Black Ice, as everything that the band is known and loved for is contained right here; at the same time, those who do not like AC/DC should steer clear of this album as well, despite the amazing rock 'n roll you'd be missing.
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To call the music on "Black Ice", AC/DC's first CD in eight years, redundant would be stating the obvious. Then again, AC/DC has never been known for experimenting with their music. However, with songs such as "Rock N Roll Train", "She Likes Rock N Roll", "Rock N Roll Dream", and "Rocking All The Way" it's obvious that AC/DC is not interested in breaking new ground. Even titles such as "Big Jack" and "Money Made" bring flashbacks to previous song titles. Complains aside "Black Ice" is a vast improvement over the last two AC/DC releases, "Ballbreaker" and "Stiff Upper Lip". The songs stick in the memory banks much easier this time out. For the most part I liked what I heard, however, I couldn't give this CD a five star review. A five star review should be reserved for classics such as "Back In Black", "Highway To Hell", and "Let There Be Rock". While "Black Ice" isn't a terrible release at all it doesn't compare to previous releases. Still, it's recommended.
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Sirius has turned over Channel 29 to the Thunder from Down Under (Channel 53 on XM) -- the music is AC/DC 24/7. Included within the rotation are several songs from Black Ice, including Rock n' Roll train. On this album, AC/DC is going old school, with power chords and power choruses. There is a lot more space in the recordings -- not the wall of sound from Fly on the Wall through Razor's Edge. Nonetheless, Angus's and Malcolm's guitars are in your face, supported by Cliff's driving bass, and Phil's impeccable drumming -- the latter two, due to beautiful production, sound great and give the whole recording a real sense of depth. ...

Since writing the above, (and being criticized) I have bought the album, and I love it. One of the most pleasing aspects of the album is Brian's voice. He actually "sings" on this album, and his voice shows a lot more range (for Brian, anyway). Also the guitar work has a lot of variation, including *gasp* a slide guitar.

If you are a fan of Brian-Era AC/DC, then you are going to love this album.
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