ALICE COOPER

(UNITED STATES)

HEY STOOPID

(1991)
LABEL:

EPIC

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening
"Although very similar to its predecessor, "Hey Stoopid" is a little too classic album, with Alice Cooper resting on his laurels."
NESTOR (01.09.2010)  
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At last! That must have been what Alice Cooper thought when he realized that, after more than a decade of chasing the success of his 70s albums, he'd made it big with "Trash". So why change a tried-and-tested formula?

And indeed, "Hey Stoopid" is no different from its predecessor, with its keyboard-heavy, FM-friendly heavy metal. But whereas with "Trash" the surprise was there and the timing perfect, things are a little different here. Indeed, musically, we're on totally familiar ground here, which makes the calculated side of this album more apparent. On the other hand, this album comes at a time when grunge has already taken off, making the content of "Hey Stoopid" a little outdated.

Tracks like 'Snakebite' and 'Hurricane Years' are fairly dispensable, certainly well-constructed and without major flaws, but without any particular flavour. The ballads 'Burning Our Bed' and 'Die For You' are also rather conventional, lacking depth and emotion. Everything is smooth, perfect (for the time), mastered and unsurprising.

The formula of inviting as many prestigious guests as possible is once again exploited. Alice Cooper enlists the services of four exceptional guitarists: Joe Satriani, who appears on five tracks, Slash, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore. Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, as well as Ozzy Osbourne. These sympathetic contributions do not, however, succeed in concealing the fact that Alice Cooper no longer creates styles, but merely follows them with talent and skill. Magic and madness have given way to professionalism and reflection.

Still, there are some good tracks on "Hey Stoopid", such as the melancholy "Might As Well Be On Mars" with its relentless rhythm, "Dangerous Tonight" with its vicious vocals, or the upbeat "Hey Stoopid" and "Little By Little". It's a shame, however, to offer a track as anecdotal as 'Feed My Frankenstein' when you've got Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Nikki Sixx on hand.

Although very similar to its predecessor, "Hey Stoopid" is a little too classic Alice Cooper's  album. Stripped of its four weakest tracks, and endowed with a slightly more rock sound, there's no doubt that this album would have had the qualities to prove far more interesting, and above all it could have stood the test of time with a little more serenity.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hey Stoopid - 04:34
02. Love's A Loaded Gun - 04:11
03. Snakebite - 04:33
04. Burning Our Bed - 04:34
05. Dangerous Tonight - 04:41
06. Might As Well Be On Mars - 07:09
07. Feed My Frankenstein - 04:44
08. Hurricane Years - 03:58
09. Little By Little - 04:35
10. Die For You - 04:16
11. Dirty Dreams - 03:29
12. Wind-up Toy - 05:27

LINEUP:
Alice Cooper : Chant
Hugh MacDonald: Basse
Jai Winding: Claviers
Joe Satriani: Guitares
John Webster: Claviers
Mick Mars: Guitares
Mickey Curry: Batterie
Robert Bailey: Claviers
Slash: Guitares
Stef Burns: Guitares
Steve Croes: Claviers
Steve Vai: Guitares
Vinnie Moore: Guitares
   
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