This should be the most anticipated album of the year
2008 has had its shares of ups and downs already, but the biggest up is coming very soon…
Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles was highly anticipated, but the reactions after its release were mixed. It was hailed by some as a return to the Motley of old, but many pointed out that there were too many “filler” songs. While there are some quality cuts, it doesn’t stand up to the 1980s version of Motley Crue.
Def Leppard’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge was supposed to bring the band back to the sound of Hysteria after several lackluster efforts, but it fell flatter than even their cover album Yeah!, despite (or perhaps because of) their attempt to reach a broader audience with the guest appearance of Tim McGraw.
Meanwhile, Alice Cooper’s Along Came A Spider is set for release less than two weeks from now, and there is very little buzz surrounding the album. My friends, I submit to you that this is Alice’s finest work since the 1970s…and may even rank up with some of those classics. While the first single has garnered some attention with the guest fretwork of Slash, it is far from the best song on the record. That’s not to say it’s a bad song; as a matter of fact it is very good. But it is not representative of the CD on the whole.
I encourage everyone to pick up the new Alice Cooper the day it hits the stores (July 29 in the USA), and flood your favorite rock radio stations with requests for songs from the album. It is my favorite record of 2008, and I can’t imagine anything taking its place before the calendar turns over to 2009.
(Props to Rob at Hard Rock Hideout for not ignoring Alice’s upcoming album, and for posting that image so I could steal it from him.)