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  • Summary: The 16th full-length studio release for the Australian hard rock band was produced by Brendan O’Brien and its first with Stevie Young, who took over his uncle's role in 2014.
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Rock or Bust
Hey yeah Are you ready We be a guitar band We play across the land Shootin' out tonight Gonna keep you up alright You hear the guitar sound Playin'... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    85
    Rock or Bust is the best LP that AC/DC has produced in over 20 years.
  2. Dec 4, 2014
    80
    It may be no different than what came before, but Rock or Bust is by many measures stronger than most latter-day AC/DC albums, serving as a testament to why their good-humored raunch and industrial-strength riffs made them a rock & roll institution.
  3. Kerrang!
    Dec 16, 2014
    80
    This is an AC/DC record as lusty as they come. [22 Nov 2014, p.50]
  4. 70
    There’s not a thing you haven’t heard before in its 11 new songs. What’s important is that they have the band’s traceable fingerprints all over them.
  5. Dec 2, 2014
    70
    You might feel like you’ve heard it all before, and you probably have, but it’ll still rock.
  6. Dec 2, 2014
    70
    Rock or Bust should not be a disappointment if you like the sort of output AC/DC usually deliver, namely hard rock which is not too grimy or scary.
  7. Nov 25, 2014
    60
    Too many songs lack any manipulation of the formula: there’s too much meat-and-potatoes riff-and-chorus, not enough little extras.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    My first AC/DC album to purchase with my own money was Black Ice. I was 15 then. They say that as you age, AC/DC's music becomes lessMy first AC/DC album to purchase with my own money was Black Ice. I was 15 then. They say that as you age, AC/DC's music becomes less appealing, but hear I sit, at 21 years old, having now purchased every AC/DC album available,and I can't stop playing Rock Or Bust. At 11 songs at 35 minutes, Rock or Bust represents everything that AC/DC is about, the rock n' roll equivalent of eating a home cooked meal after being away for weeks. AC/DC isn't about showing you how much you've grown up, but about showing you how much fun it is to block out everything and listen to some high voltage rock n' roll. Nobody is better at that than AC/DC, and nobody ever will be, and for that, AC/DC, I salute you.
    Highlights-Rock or Bust, Got Some Rock n' Roll Thunder, Rock the House, Sweet Candy, and Rock the Blues Away
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  2. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    I can't say that I really had high hopes for an AC/DC album without Malcolm Young, but I was pleasantly surprised and this is easily one ofI can't say that I really had high hopes for an AC/DC album without Malcolm Young, but I was pleasantly surprised and this is easily one of the best albums I've heard this year. I was completely fine with Black Ice being the final AC/DC album because it was solid itself and it captured AC/DC's classic sound. I think they may have actually bettered that effort with Rock or Bust. Its hard to tell that Malcolm is not there. Stevie Young (Malcolm's nephew) did very well not to change the group's sound and he had very big shoes to fill. Rock or Bust is full of all the typical AC/DC sound, if your looking for something different from these old characters this album is not for you. Brian Johnson is the musician who stands out to me on this album this is one of his best performances on any of the bands albums and Angus Young is amazing on lead guitar as always. Any AC/DC fan should pick this up, because it may end up being the group's swan song. If it is, Rock or Bust is an appropriate end. Simply had rock at its finest. Expand
  3. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    Man, is this disc strong! At only 35 mins, it had well better not have any filler, and it doesn't. 11 trax, 11 singles! Lean and mean andMan, is this disc strong! At only 35 mins, it had well better not have any filler, and it doesn't. 11 trax, 11 singles! Lean and mean and stronger than an AC/DC album in 2014 has any right to be. A near perfect rock album. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2014
    9
    I've just started listening to this band and believe me i'm in love with their songs and stuff. Rock or Bust is a record you'd like to hearI've just started listening to this band and believe me i'm in love with their songs and stuff. Rock or Bust is a record you'd like to hear for its energetic sound and lyrics. A 9 out of 10. Expand
  5. Dec 4, 2014
    9
    Thank God the boys made exactly the same album again, for the 15th time. After a period in the 80's where the content and production weakenedThank God the boys made exactly the same album again, for the 15th time. After a period in the 80's where the content and production weakened (although I still like "Flick of the Switch" a lot) things got better with "The Razor's Edge", and "Ballbreaker" really blew the doors open again.

    Can't help but think that "Ballbreaker" was the first album Phil Rudd had been on since "Flick". The albums have been pretty consistent since then. He's not "just" a drummer. I assume he's really on this one, and wasn't just credited.

    Regardless, this is a good one. The length isn't a problem. In fact, it should be a rule that AC/DC albums are 10 songs maximum. This one is 11, but the length is 35 minutes, so I'll give them a pass. In vinyl days, you had 18 minutes a side (if you wanted it loud) and this fits. Why make an album longer than it needs to be just because the media allows more? Nice job, boys.

    This is maybe the 2nd best album Brian's on. Yes, it's better than "For Those About To Rock".

    Buy it. Now.
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  6. Jun 26, 2015
    9
    AC/DC is probably one of the most versatile mainstream bands around today. Decade after Decade the music just keeps coming, Not Once have IAC/DC is probably one of the most versatile mainstream bands around today. Decade after Decade the music just keeps coming, Not Once have I ever been let down and I can always count on a great concert to follow. Sure there a bit older now, but age doesn't apply to these icons. This one delivers just like their past albums. ENJOY Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2014
    4
    Another album done by auto-pilot, tailored and produced for american countless radio air waving. Friendly advice (if you still love myAnother album done by auto-pilot, tailored and produced for american countless radio air waving. Friendly advice (if you still love my favorite rock band) - play any album until and including Back In Black, after BIB all following records are more or less the same. Expand

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