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If it's not broke, don't mess with it.

AC/DC work to a very simple philosophy; ‘If it’s not broke, don’t mess with it.’ Very simple, very straightforward. Their music is also straightforward, heads down, no nonsense, mindless boogie, to quote an old band of the 70’s/80’s. (Write in if you know who it was). However, this album has been eagerly anticipated and the tour is already sold out, even the extra dates. And when was the last time you saw an old 70’s rock band with a TV ad campaign to promote an album? Well, now it’s landed and it’s exactly what you would expect it to be. There are no surprises, which will please AC/DC fans no end, except that this is probably their best album for a long time. As such, this is a fairly easy album to review as I don’t really need to say too much about it because, as I say, it is what you expect it to be, so I will mention the tracks that stand out.

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Opening track ‘Rock And Roll Train’ had been on the website for a while before this release and was a good appetite moistener and consequently a good album opener being a solid stomper. Alongside this in the stomper section is ‘Big Jack,’ where I get visions of thousands of heads all going up and down in unison, and ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight,’ where the heads are replaced by fists. Slower numbers which really highlight the blues side of AC/DC are ‘Skies On Fire,’ ‘Decibel’ and ‘Stormy May Day,’ where we get a bit of slide guitar from Angus.

My favourite of the whole album though has to be ‘Anything Goes,’ which strangely reminds me very strongly of Thunder and where Brian Johnson even sounds like Dan Bowes in places. AC/DC fans will like this, and non-AC/DC fans who want to see what all the fuss is about will probably like it as well. Then they can go and see them live, and really find out what it’s all about.

Andy B.

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