Ok, kudos to album club it's taken me a full 3 (and a half!) listens to finally start to like this. I can't argue with the fact that they have an original sound, but this ended up being one of those things that worked against him for first couple of times I listened, it was just too AC/DC for me.
By the third listen I found myself bobbing along to Dog Eat Dog and Hell Aint a Bad Place to be in an enjoyable rather than forced way.
Their ability to get a whole lot from the most basic of basic of riffs is, frankly, fucking incredible. Kinda wish i'd gotten into them when I was 12, would have been fun stuff to learn on guitar, we were all Britpop, Pop-Punk and Britrock round my way back then though. Ac/DC did a tour of Europe with the Wildhearts in 1996 I think where they were more or less co-headliners, that's how far their star had fallen at the time (in fairness that might just have been Kerrang! talking hyperbole)
I like the fact that there's a bit of stretching going on in the music to Overdose, even the vocals are a bit calmer for a while, do they pursue this kind of stuff much elsewhere? I can't see myself wanting to listen to any more Ac/DC if it's just the same as this album for 40 years.
There's a bit (literally about 2 second) in the solo of Whole Lotta Rosie that sounds quite like the keyboard riff to LA Woman by the Doors, which means it sounds almost exactly like Billy Idol's cover. LOLS ensued here.
Overall then, despite initial boredom and Jack Black school of rock phobia I give this album a solid 4/5, verging on 5/5 tbh, it does exactly what it sets out to do.
I was already well versed in late 80's Prince by the time I heard this, and particularly loved Parade and SOTT. I kind of wish I'd heard it first, because I'm sure it's great, but it just pales so much compared to what followed. If it comes on randomly I think 'oooh, Prince, I must have a go of Parade!"
I like the general cheeriness of this album and the guitar sound is great but the playing only gets interesting here and there. It's decent like, I wouldn't want to turn it off but I'm not likely to put it on again and I'm not going to bother checking out Powerage.