CD review ALICE COOPER ‘Detroit Stories’

The master of shock rock, Alice Cooper, has a level of popularity that many can only dream of. Far beyond the rock/metal scene, Vincent Damon Funrier, the real name of Alice Cooper, is known not only as a musician but also as an actor. The “we are not worthy” scene with Wayne and Garth from ‘Wayne’s World’ is an unforgettable one. Nevertheless, it is the musical successes and his stage shows that define Alice Cooper.

The rock’n’roll veteran’s new album will be released at the end of February and Alice Cooper seems to get better with each new year of his musical career. Without denying his musical roots, Alice Cooper’s sound is constantly evolving, resulting in a new album with many facets.

As the name indicates, ‘Detroit Stories’ is a tribute to Cooper’s hometown of Detroit, a city that played an important role in heavy rock. Independent from east/west coast sounds, the metropolis in the Midwest developed into a melting pot of bands that have a lot of hard rock and punk on their banners.

The main contributor to ‘Detroit Stories’, besides Alice Cooper, is Bob Ezrin, who worked with Alice Cooper in the 70s. 50 years don’t seem to have harmed the magic between the two. On the contrary. What ‘Detroit Stories’ contains is one of the best things ever released under the name of Alice Cooper. Not only do fans get to hear the typical Alice Cooper sound, it is the variety of influences that make this longplayer unique. Hard rock, soul, funk and punk, everything is reflected in these 15 songs.

Alice Cooper’s new album starts with a cover version. ‘Rock & Roll’ was penned by Lou Reed and appears on ‘Detroit Stories’ in new brilliance.

After such a beginning, the album continues with ‘Go Man Go’, a lively rocker with a punk attitude and a cool chorus. Via ‘Our Love Will Change the World’ and ‘Social Debris’, which was already unveiled prior to the record release, you get to ‘$1000 High Heel Shoes’. The funky rocker is a highlight on the album, not least because of The Moto City Horns and Sister Sledge who, along with Carla Camarillo, provide the background vocals.

And then there is the bluesy ‘Drunk and in Love’ where none other than Paul Randolph makes the strings of his bass roar. Joe Bonamassa’s and Garret Beilaniec’s guitars contribute with the cool riff and make ‘Drunk and in Love’ a rocking blast from Detroit rock city.

The rock and roll beast shows its teeth on ‘Independance Day’ before the punk spirit breaks through once again with ‘I Hate You’. The slower ‘Don’t Give Up’ fits perfectly into today’s time and offers with its narrative vocal parts and a good chorus another nuace on this album. Slowly but surely we come to the end of the longplayer. The title of ‘Shut Up and Rock’ speaks for itself before ‘East Side Story’ is the final highlight. As with the opener, this tune is also a cover version, this time of a Bob Seger classic.

‘Detroit Stories’ is a typical Alice Cooper album and at the same time much more. It is a tribute to his hometown, a melting pot for down to earth rock’n’roll and today’s music world would certainly look different without it. You can’t expect more from an Alice Cooper record than what you find on this album.

Rating: 10 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Rock ‘n’ Roll                              
  2. Go Man Go
  3. Our Love Will Change the World
  4. Social Debris   
  5. $1000 High Heel Shoes             
  6. Hail Mary
  7. Detroit City 2021
  8. Drunk and In Love
  9. Independence Dave
  10. I Hate You
  11. Wonderful World
  12. Sister Anne
  13. Hanging On By A thread (Don’t Give Up)
  14. Shut Up And Rock
  15. East Side Story

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2021

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