Black Ice

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2008
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic 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. AC/DC have stuck to their guns with electrifying results.
  3. In other words, Black Ice is a quintessential, if not exactly essential, AC/DC album.
  4. In a postmodern age of irony and cynicism, of self-absorbed navel-gazing, when too many bands want to make vapid political statements and shallow social commentary, AC/DC reliably deliver the goods: solid blues-based rock ‘n’ roll that gets the blood pumping and the air guitar strumming.
  5. Quality stuff. Sorta like 'Send for the Man,' but better.
  6. Mojo
    80
    "Back In Back" it ain't, but it's certainly a real return to form. [Nov 2008, p.102]
  7. Like all AC/DC records, this is a troubling one to love.
  8. 70
    Scattered predictability aside, AC/DC still sound strong and hungry 35 years on, as if they could pulverize riffs in perpetuity.
  9. It's a strong album that rarely skimps on gut-churning guitars.
  10. Johnson yelps at one point--making it clear that his band still finds resonance in words that were clichéd by 1956. And for that, you've got to salute them.
  11. Black Ice is far better than anyone could have hoped, played by people who by their age should know better.
  12. Black Ice is, in many respects, just a consolidation of all AC/DC’s strengths and/or perceived weaknesses in one easily-digested package. Yes, there is filler among the killers, but in large measure what you have here is grade-A, late-vintage rawk with no frills and most of the thrills intact.
  13. 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.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 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. alsoit 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 Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2011
    5
    Some decent tracks here but fifteen tracks that were simply rewritten over the same one is hardly worth twenty euro. A little more diiversitySome decent tracks here but fifteen tracks that were simply rewritten over the same one is hardly worth twenty euro. A little more diiversity could have made this a winner. Full Review »
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    5
    Sound exactly the same, only this time it's NOT good. Rock n' Roll Train is decent but there really isn't much here you haven't heard aSound exactly the same, only this time it's NOT good. Rock n' Roll Train is decent but there really isn't much here you haven't heard a million times before. Full Review »