The band climbed yet higher in late '71, eclipsing the success of Love It to Death (#35) with Killer (#21). They flash their newfound menace and might with the hits Under My Wheels and Be My Lover plus the creepy Dead Babies ; the crushing Yeah, Yeah, Yeah , and more!
The fact that Alice Cooper's fourth release housed the gritty "Halo of Flies" would be reason enough to buy the CD, even if the rest of it were garbage. An essential piece of the rock canon, it may not have served up the hits that his other releases did, but it still stands as a classic. Loud, brash, sloppy, and hard, it's the kind of listen that makes you check for grime under your nails. Cooper's rock/shock aesthetic was coming into full bloom here and "Dead Babies" shows he was satisfied with his formula of hard rock, bad taste, and images outside the realm of Middle America. The title track hints at the shape of things to come, laying the ground work for works as seemingly disparate as "Only Women Bleed," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Briefly ostracized by the "hipper than thou" sect, Killer
is one of the reasons Cooper is now fully appreciated as the pioneer that he was. - -Steve Gdula