Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video

While Blow Up Your Video is hardly a return to AC/DC's top-of-the-world 1970's hard rock form, it's significantly better than the two albums that preceded it, which happen to be AC/DC's very worst.

AC/DC songs are like jokes in that you have to buy into the premise in order for there to be a payoff. If you don't buy the fact that a rabbi, a horse, and Obi-Wan Kenobi walked into a bar, chances are you won't laugh at whatever hilarious thing the bartender says. If you don't buy into AC/DC's metaphors for hard rocking or sex, chances are you won't enjoy the song. Case in point: "Brain Shake" from Flip the Switch. It's a stupid premise and therefore a stupid song.

Blow Up Your Video is a bit of a mixed bag. While there are legitimate rockers like "Heatseeker" and "That's the Way I Wanna Rock and Roll," there are also duds like "Go Zone" and "Kissin' Dynamite." The songs that work on this album work very well. The ones that don't just fall flat. Taken as a whole, Blow Up Your Video is a better album than Flick the Switch or Fly on the Wall, but it's still a far cry from Highway to Hell.

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