The second best album put out by Alice Cooper. Of course
I'm talking about the band Alice Cooper, but it tops anything solo Alice ever put
out. Rolling Stone called this one of the best albums released in 1971, and it
For me several songs on this album really stick out. The best song here is
"Be My Lover", written by Michael Bruce. A Stones fan, he must have had
"Honky Tonk Woman" on his mind when he wrote the splendid lyrics to this song.
Perhaps one of rock's best pick up/groupie songs ever recorded, contains Alice's
best vocals to date. Then you got "Desperado". This song was written for the
band's late friend, Jim Morrison of The Doors, but it isn't about him. Many think of the
Eagles song of the same name when they hear this title. Well not to take anything away
from that song, but this one is better. A great cowboy/outlaw-rock song done by a band
know for heavy metal, punk, goth, glam, even new wave, but not country rock. Yet this song
is another true gem. Alice with his almost death like tone of voice - with some Jim
Morrision like vocals mixed in at times, spits out the words with such conviction, "Your
as stiff as my smokin' barrel/Your as dead as a desert night/You're a notch and I'm a
legend/Your at peace and I must hide".
The excellent "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
is a rocking punk song that ends up sounding more like early metal by it's
close. Then there's the LP's
opening number, "Under My Wheels", a great early metal song, just wish there
were less horns and a little more of that great Glen Buxton lead guitar. The most
interesting song on this album is "Dead Babies". Even these days this song is
still somewhat off the wall, but in 1971 only ACG could come up with something like this:
"Little Betty ate a pound of aspirin ....Betty's mommy wasn't there to save
her...........Dead babies can take care of themselves...Dead babies can't take things off
the shelf....Well we didn't want you anyway" (years after its' release, it was
claimed that the song was really an anti-child abuse song). The album's closing song is
the title cut, "Killer". It starts out strong, but by the time it ends it almost
has a "Revolution #9" type style to it. Kinda strange. But this album does rock
and I highly recommend it.
- Keno 2000
To listen to some soundclips from
or to purchase it click on: Killer