Black Ice - AC/DC
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  • Summary: The hard-rock band's first album in eight years was produced by Brendan O'Brien.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Black Ice will trigger nostalgia in the devout, but inasmuch as the album reaffirms AC/DC's power, there's nothing backward-looking about it.
  2. Quality stuff. Sorta like 'Send for the Man,' but better.
  3. Like all AC/DC records, this is a troubling one to love.
  4. The appeal of AC/DC lies with their more-than-30-year-old commitment to the same no-frills metal groove. But that groove now seems in danger of becoming a rut.
  5. AC/DC still can sound invigorating - and make no mistake they do here, as much as they ever do on a latter-day record - but they just need to tighten up, cut back, crank it up and sound a little rude again.
  6. After an eight-year hiatus, these hard rock legends return to the music scene with a banging album that has just a little less bite than others past.
  7. As a whole, Black Ice is a mess of tired conventions shoved noisily at the listener, as though just getting them all on record was good enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    it has the raw power of AC/DC's old albums but contains more well versed lyrics by the young brothers. an explosively satisfying album. also has more Angus young guitar work in it as well Expand
  2. JordanL
    Oct 29, 2008
    10
    Vintage AC/DC! The first album in about a decade and a great refresher of the sound of true Rock & Roll. AC/DC is a band that will never fade away, and will remain a powerhouse in Rock & Roll industry for however many years its music surfaces. Expand
  3. Aug 18, 2010
    9
    Best album in years for AC/DC!!! Love all of them!! Only thing is: Some of them are kinda boring, but MOST of them are really awesome! Great rock music!! AC/DC rocks on!! Expand
  4. GordyB.
    Oct 22, 2008
    8
    As a long time AC/DC fan, I am more than impressed with there new material. After two sub-par albums in Ballbreaker and Stiff Upper Lip, I had my doubts if they had anything left in the tank. Black Ice has restored my faith in AC/DC as I have found myself really into about 80% of the 15 tracks. Not since Razor's Edge have I been this amped listening to new songs. My favorites include: Rock 'n' Roll Train, Big Jack, War Machine, & Rock 'n' Roll Dreams. The big complaint about AC/DC is they always sound the same and for the most part there is no big new sound here. But there are some small twists and slightly new angles on there songwriting to make it feel fresh enough but not taking away from there trade mark hard rock sound. The great aspect for me is that it makes me remember the good old days of rock 'n' roll, and that's all I ever wanted from AC/DC. Crank it up and rock on!! Expand
  5. GinoP.
    Nov 10, 2008
    7
    For a band that have 35 years in the road its a fair production, but I expected more, for me ACDC at his best was Back in Black, that is a really hard one to top. Expand
  6. HigorW
    Oct 13, 2009
    6
    AC/DC's Black Ice sonds like Flick of the Switch album... pretty good... forgettable.
  7. RogerS.
    Oct 21, 2008
    1
    A poor CD and will quickly fade away.....What was the name of this band? Boring.

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