Album reviews: Alice Cooper, Dragontown (2001)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 2001

By Steve Newton

Alice Cooper used to be the king. In the early ’70s he released four successive LPs—Love It to Death, Killer, School’s Out, and Billion Dollar Babies—that continue to rank among the top 100 guitar-rock records of all time.

Back then Cooper and his band would use catchy melodies, stirring guitar riffs, and creative rhythm arrangements to colour his twisted and witty reflections on the dark side of the American dream. Now he’s content to churn out brainless, boring pseudometal albums like Dragontown.

It’s very sad.

Still, if the Coop comes to town, I’m goin’.

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