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AC-DC was in disarray when this album came out: The previous lead singer had died of alcohol poisoning. Most said the band's best music had been played. Nobody expected much.
This album was a monster. Considering the tired and irritatingly "artistic" sound of the Who and Led Zeppelin, Back in Black kicked ass. Listening to this album made you want to grab a stick and break something.
The opening riff of "Shoot to Thrill" can cause carpal tunnel syndrome trying to crank up the volume.
"Given the Dog a Bone" was a nightmare for English teachers and feminists, alike. Arguably, if the act was completed, then the verb tense of the title was proper.
Many complained that the title song was evil and anti-religious, that it was a poster child for reincarnation, that Brian Johnson was really Bon Scott, rising from the dead. Those people are now probably listening to Curt Cobain, and crying, while drinking cafe mocha.
Others com! plained that the music was just simple. So damn what. Ten songs, three chord guitar, screaming vocals. No "rock opera," no social messages, just drink, smoke, and screw.
Isn't that the way it's supposed to be?...Read more