On 1975’s Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper largely traded in high school parking-lot hard rock for fright-show theater; it had bruising moments, but also self-parodying schmaltz. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is its sequel, so we get recurring bad-dream rockers, plus an “Underture” that melds Cooper’s melodies into a symphonic montage. The fun comes when he abandons the sequel concept in favor of a New Wave duet with Ke$ha and a decades- tardy anti-disco tune (“Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever”) in which Alice tries to rap. Slapstick was always his strong suit.
Listen to “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever”: