AC/DC

(AUSTRALIA)

BALLBREAKER

(1995)
LABEL:

WARNER

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy
"With "Ballbreaker", AC/DC succeeds in the feat of staying on top while delving into its past and the elements that made it an essential combo in the late 70's."
LOLOCELTIC (24.09.2010)  
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After a "The Razors Edge" which had confirmed its return to the highest level, AC/DC  continues his adventure with this "Ballbreaker" whose genesis was far from looking like a long quiet river. Indeed, after having chosen the producer Rick Rubin, the quintet preferred to separate from him, unhappy with his investment on two titles. The Young brothers then took things in hand before realizing that they could not achieve a better result and to call again on a Rubin not rancorous. In the meantime, Phil Rudd took back his place behind the drums in place of Chris Slade. If such events would have destabilized most of the bands, it is not the case for AC/DC which offers us what is probably its best album since "Back In Black".

The metal adventures of "The Razors Edge" are over and the band returns to a more organic and rock sound. The Young brothers draw the basis of their inspiration from the blues, and this last one makes a thunderous return on this "Ballbreaker", not only through the drier guitars, but also in powerful and dark riffs ("The Furor"), or even with a big Blues with a solo full of feeling ("Boogie Man"). It should be noted that Brian Johnson preferred to leave the writing of the lyrics to the Young brothers because he had the impression to always tell the same thing. At the same time, the themes of AC/DC always turn around the same subjects, girls, beautiful cars, alcohol and rock'n'roll!

"Ballbreaker" is thus a firework of riffs all more unstoppable than the others, from the unforgettable "Hard As A Rock" to the scathing and frenzied "Ballbreaker", passing by the obsessive "The Honey Roll", the bewitching "Burnin' Alive", the anthemic "Hail Cesar", the delightful "Love Bomb", the raging "Caught With Your Pants Down" or the grating "Whiskey On The Rock". Angus is in great shape, Brian varies his vocals, knowing how to be vicious ("Boogie Man"), angry ("The Furor") or teasing ("Hail Caesar"), while Malcolm is more aggressive than ever, and the rhythm section is propelled by the playing of Phil Rudd who proves that AC/DC is not really the same without him.

The Young brothers' gang succeeds in the feat of staying on top while delving into its past and the elements that made it an irresistible combo in the late 70's. "Ballbreaker" is the first Brian Johnson era album made with the elements of the Bon Scott period and it is a success. Add to that a booklet superbly illustrated by different comic artists and which gives a cachet rarely proposed by AC/DC, and you get an album simply impossible to circumvent.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Hard As A Rock - 4:31
02. Cover You In Oil - 4:32
03. The Furor - 4:10
04. Boogie Man - 4:07
05. The Honey Roll - 5:34
06. Burnin' Alive - 5:05
07. Hail Caesar - 5:14
08. Love Bomb - 3:14
09. Caught With Your Pants Down - 4:14
10. Whiskey On The Rocks - 4:35
11. Ballbreaker - 4:31

LINEUP:
Angus Young: Guitares
Bon Scott: Chant
Cliff Williams: Basse
Malcom Young: Guitares
Phil Rudd: Batterie
   
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