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Along Came A Spider

August 12, 2008

At 60, Alice Cooper is still as brutal as ever: Along Came a Spider, his new concept album, finds him singing from the perspective of a serial killer named Spider, who wraps his eight victims in silk webs after cutting one leg off each person, creating...

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The Eyes of Alice Cooper

September 24, 2003

The Detroit schlock artist proves he can still rock hard, with big-ass guitars and menacing, punkish vocals in full effect. But the songs don't hold up, and the whole package sounds muddy and a bit directionless.

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The Last Temptation

July 14, 1994

If you went to high school in the '70s, Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out" became part of your life. Cooper dirges like "Desperado" and "Muscle of Love" used dense Black Sabbath rumbling to rock in ways no '80s or '90s art-metal band has...

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From The Inside

February 8, 1979
Not Rated

If anyone could pull off a concept album about life in a sanitarium, it's Alice Cooper, the man who turned dead-baby jokes into high-school national anthems and made a whole career of exactly the kind of comic grotesqueness the new LP promises. And From...

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Alice Cooper Goes To Hell

August 26, 1976
Not Rated

The raw-edged sound and transparently vicious image of the original Cooper band required that Alice's voice be defiantly non-musical. At the onset of his solo career, however, "Only Women Bleed" convinced many that he could carry a tune. Not surprisingly,...

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Muscle Of Love

January 17, 1974
Not Rated

The Alice Cooper phenomenon, which began with the chart entry of "I'm Eighteen," rose to diabolical heights with Killer and School's Out and extravaganzaed in the show surrounding Billion Dollar Babies, has now cooled itself down with Muscle Of Love....

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School's Out

September 28, 1972
Not Rated

The question before us is whether Alice Cooper is a threat to civilization itself or merely to our beloved rock & roll. Both parents and kids commonly see Alice as eroding the former, which they respectively deplore and celebrate. Alice is variously...

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Love It To Death

April 15, 1971
Not Rated

[It came on the radio in the late afternoon and from the first note it was right: Alice Cooper bringing it all back home again. God it's beautiful it is the most reassuring thing that has happened in this year of the Taylor Family...] Ever since they...

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Pretties for You

July 12, 1969
Not Rated

Alice Cooper is a West Coast Zappa-sponsored group: two guitars, bass, drums and a vocalist who doubles on harmonica. Echoes of 1967 psychedelia in the oscillators and distorted guitars. Showing here the influence of the Mothers, here the first-wave San...

Album Review

Dragontown

October 9, 2001
Not Rated

Dragontown is a marked improvement on last year's rather forgettable Brutal Planet, boasting more creativity, more range — both melodic and thematic — and, thankfully, more willingness to avoid the nu-metal territory staked out by younger...

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Flush The Fashion

August 21, 1980
Not Rated

This isn't the Killer album that Alice Cooper hoped it'd be, but give the ghoul credit for trying. At a time when his rock & roll stock is nearly bankrupt, Cooper has wisely scrapped the flatulent vaudeville trappings and tragicomic pretensions of...

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Lace And Whiskey

July 14, 1977
Not Rated

When "School's Out" ripped out of the Dutch top-of-the-pops one vagabond summer, it was like receiving a postcard from home that fairly brimmed with typical American excess, bravado and humor. This was the meat of the Alice Cooper group's appeal: they...

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Welcome To My Nightmare

April 24, 1975
Not Rated

The comeback of Alice Cooper, the singer, without Alice Cooper, the group, poses the obvious question — was it him or them? The obvious answer has always been that it was Alice, whose star quality took him and his pals from being a maligned and...

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Billion Dollar Babies

May 24, 1973
Not Rated

Concerning Alice Cooper, it is by now axiomatic that any new album is intended only as the soundtrack of the latest group traveling extravaganza. But even considered as a soundtrack, Billion Dollar Babies seems an abortion. The extended numbers (ones...

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Killer

January 6, 1972
Not Rated

Like all the true rock superstars to rise in the Sixties, Alice Cooper is a consummate master of imagemanipulation. He continually sees to it that new configurations are born in his studiedly outrageous stage persona and the spirit-force of his sound,...

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Easy Action

April 16, 1970
Not Rated

On stage they may flay dead chickens, but there's nothing nearly that interesting here. The freaky music is sort of freaky, but the pretty stuff sounds like something Walt Disney had the good sense to leave in the can.

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