Tuesday, August 28, 2012

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

Until recently I had been perfectly content to stay in the shallow end of the AC/DC discography. I was familiar with their more popular albums like Highway to Hell and Back in Black, but I hadn't really plumbed the depths. This is not to say that Let There Be Rock is an obscure or odd album. It's just not the first album most would point you to if they were introducing you to AC/DC for the first time. Somehow I managed to own this album for a few years before ever bothering to listen to it. Shame on me because Let There Be Rock is some of AC/DC's finest work in the 70's.

Here's the thing about AC/DC: they have a tried and true formula for making great rock. They take big chords, throw some distortion on them, and toss in some lyrics about one of the following: 1) Causing trouble 2) Rocking really hard 3) Loose women. So yeah, that's pretty much it. The funny thing is that even though AC/DC's music is ostensibly simple, nobody else is able to do it like they do, and their formula has proven that it still works nearly 40 years after they invented it. Anyway, Let There Be Rock has great songs about causing trouble in "Bad Boy Boogie" and "Problem Child," a great song about rocking hard in "Let There Be Rock," and great songs about loose women in "Go Down" and "Whole Lotta Rosie." While it isn't as iconic as Highway to Hell or Back in Black, Let There Be Rock is a solid chunk of 70's hard rock that should please any fan of the genre.

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