AC/DC kicks off its first new studio recording in more than five years with the awesome title track that’ll have you running for your nearest tennis racket (that’s for you closet air guitarists). "Stiff Upper Lip" is an instant AC/DC classic and perhaps their best single since "Thunderstruck." "Meltdown" and "House Of Jazz" (well, it’s not really the house of jazz — what would AC/DC be doing there after all?) are also strong. "House of Jazz" in particular, wouldn’t be out of place on For Those About To Rock.
The rest of the album is up and down from there, but who really cares? It all comes down to this: When AC/DC proclaims that you "Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll" (as they do on track No. 7 here), you know you really can’t. I mean, heck, they’ve already pledged their allegiance on "For Those About To Rock," "Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution," "That’s The Way I Want To Rock ‘n’ Roll," "Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer", "Rocker" and, uh, "Let There Be Rock." You get the picture. After 27 years, there is little doubt that AC/DC stands as perhaps the greatest living breathing, hard rock band. May they outlive us all.
John Franck writes about music for the Metro Times. E-mail [email protected].