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Cooper's 1983 album for Warner Brothers. Contains ninetracks, including 'Da Da', 'Enough's Enough' and 'No Man'sLand'.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 1992)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000006XSB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James Choma VINE VOICE on May 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Released at one of the lowest points in Alice Cooper's career -- he had resumed drinking with a vengeance, his recent albums had not been well received, and Warner Brothers was itching to drop him -- DaDa had almost everything going against it when released in the fall of 1983. The central players on the album are Alice, Bob Ezrin, and guitarist Dick Wagner. I'm of the understanding that Warner Brothers was caught by surprise when Producer Bob Ezrin delivered the finished product. As such, there was absolutely no promotion. And Alice, in horrible shape at the time, checked himself back into to rehab to get his life together, so there was no tour.

And this is a shame, because this album in my opinion is one of the best he ever put out. You have the horror ("DaDa," "Fresh Blood," "Former Lee Warmer"), the humor ("I Love America," "No Man's Land") and the reflective ("Pass the Gun Around"). All of it top-notch. And the album's cover, based on Salvador Dali's 1940 "Slave Market with Disappearing Bust of Voltaire" has been modified to include Alice face on the two seated merchants. It truly makes you long for the days of LP art.

The spookiest intro Alice Cooper has ever done opens this album -- a little girl's voice (Sara Ezrin) behind throbbing, menacing music, repeating the word "Dada." Try that on a dark night with all the lights out! Behind the music is a Psychiatrist and his patient:

[Doctor] "Tell me about your son."

[Alice] "My son, yeah well, he took care of me. He's took care of me for a long, he still takes care of me. She takes good, and she takes care of me. She takes, she takes good care of me. He takes care of me, Do you believe it?
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You know you are in for a different type of album from Alice Cooper when it starts off with an instrumental. "DaDa" is like a great Halloween treat from Cooper. The opening instrumental is genuinely creepy, and really sets the tone of the album. The haunting little girl voice echoing "Dada" is spooky. But the centerpiece to "DaDa" is the song "Former Lee Warmer". I am not sure if "DaDa" is a concept album like "Goes to Hell", but it could be...just imagine you are hearing the story of one seriously dysfunctional family! It almost seems like all of the song's revolve around the "Former Lee Warmer" character who is locked away in the attic room. In "Enough's Enough" the singer asks his father "Hey Dad, why'd you hide your brother?" possibly Former Lee Warmer? And in the song "Fresh Blood" you hear Coop state "He gets Hungry...I go hunting", is "He" again Former Lee Warmer. Who knows for sure, but man it is cool to think about. This disk is packed with so many great songs, that showcase why Alice Cooper has managed to hang onto legions of fans. "I Love America" and "Scarlett & Sheba" showcase the witty lyrics fans have enjoyed from Alice in the same vein as "Cold Ethyl". The album does end on a sobering note (pun intended) with a tribute to Alice's struggle with his personal demons in "Pass the Gun Around", which feature some of Dick Wagner's best guitar work on the album. This isn't a metal album, and it's not a pop album. You just can't pigeonhole this CD into one catagory. But if you are a fan of Cooper's then this is a must have!
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When Alice parted ways with his original band and struck out on his own, he started with the brilliant "Welcome to my Nightmare," and then the nearly as brilliant "Goes to Hell," largely on the strength of the fantastic band he had backing him. Ever since then, his output has rarely had the continuous kind of spark of dark genius he'd had. Nevertheless, from time to time, he kicks out an album that is flat-out jaw-dropping. "Brutal Planet" is one such, and "Dada" is another.

There is quite literally nothing else like this in all of Alice's output, and considering that it was released the same year as "Zipper Catches Skin," perhaps his most novelty-like album, one can hardly begin to guess from what part of his lower psyche this grand galleon of an album became unmoored and sailed into public view. Doubtless, it has something to do with Bob Ezrin, and the return of Dick Wagner on guitar (who'd been instrumental on "Welcome to my Nightmare" and "Goes to Hell").

Whether or not the disc comprises a concept album as a whole, the first three songs are certainly interrelated. "Dada," the opener (written by Ezrin), is a genuinely creepy, even moving and strange combination of heavy percussive accents, keyboards, grand tubular bells, a girl's voice repeating "dada" throughout, and a mumbled, half-comprehensible conversation between a psychiatric patient and his therapist. The patient's monologue, to say nothing of the way it is layered, echoed, and delivered, is a masterpiece of schizophrenic ramble. There's one line, "I have a son," that trebles with almost a catch of sadness in the father's voice that makes the last line, "Where's my boy?" almost painful to listen to.
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