Another album that followed in the mold of Flick of the Switch in that it was not well received by the critics or the general public and sounded pretty much like every other AC/DC album before it. In fact, many of the songs on this album sound the same as well, which has a lot to do with Brian Johnson and his unique but limited vocal capabilities at this stage in his career. “Fly on the Wall” “Shake Your Foundations” and “Hell or High Water” could be the exact same song.
Tracks you may know:
Shake Your Foundations – Probably the most recognizable song from this album, and a good one in its own right. It features Brian Johnson going up an octave or two as well as a higher pitch on the guitar part than was usual. The solo in the middle still knocks it out of the park (but you could have guessed that).
Tracks you should know:
Danger – Brian Johnson doesn’t alter his vocal delivery at all, but the fact that this song deviates from the speed of the other tracks into more of a plodding, bluesy delivery is a welcome change.
Playing With Girls – One of the best riffs/choruses in the entire AC/DC discography. Seriously, listen to it and you won’t be able to get it out of your head.
My personal favorite:
First Blood – From the opening guitar riff to the sing along chorus, this should be a staple in any AC/DC playlist.
Sometimes, the critics and fans are wrong. Here they were slightly wrong. Could there have been more variety on the album itself? Absolutely. Do I really care? Nope.