Ac/Dc are a band unlike any other.In a world of change this band has stuck to it’s guns and has not changed no matter what the musical climate.Many critizize the band for this but I say it takes guts to believe in yourself that much that you don’t care what your peers are doing. Look at what happened in the late 90s when grunge overtook the world,it would have been so easy for Ac/Dc to water down their sound to fit in but they never did.Right to the end they played the same high energy music with screaming vocals and searing guitars played to a blues rhythm.Many have tried to imitate them but no one has succeded because blues music (which is what this is based in) can’t be taught or copied,it comes from the heart.Now,let me go on with the review of High Voltage in particular. This is one of the very best Ac/Dc CD’s ever recorded.Other than Highway To Hell,this is the best Bon Scott fronted CD’s ever.Every song is instantly memorable,and is also easy to sing along with.Starting with “It’s A Long Way To The Top” which is the perfect opening song for a rock band,to the amazingly catchy “Rock N Roll Singer” to one of the greatest sing a long songs ever “The Jack” basically there is not a single bad song in the bunch.TNT and Little Lover are my personal favorites from this CD but there honestly is not one bad song. Many people have put this band down because Angus didn’t play a million notes a second like Eddie Van Halen or Yngwie but Angus could say it all with 3 notes bent with feeling.Most guitar players out there don’t understand that.Angus is a master of feeling.Ac/Dc is all about making the listener “feel” the music,not just listen to it. Many have also given negative reviews to Bon’s vocals,sure he didn’t have the highest range but he had something even more special,he had a very distinctive voice,when you heard an Ad/Dc song you KNEW it was him singing…to a lesser degree Brian Johnson carried on that tradition with Back in Black and beyond…it is crucial for a singer to be distinctive and Bon’s voice fit PERFECTLY with this music. This is a true masterpiece,not just for all fans of hard rock and metal but for fans of rock and roll period,because while it does have it’s heavy moments it also has lots of rhythm and blues and a lot of soul.Absolutely you should buy this CD.
The upside:A great CD,filled with catchy songs,the highlights are “Tnt” “Little Lover” “The jack” “High Voltage” “It’s A Long Way”,”Rock And Roll Singer”,and “Live Wire” (realizing I mentioned nearly every song,but that’s seriously how good this is)
The downside:Ac/Dc never changes,for many this is a bad thing,you can ALWAYS know what to expect from them.You won’t ever find a disco song or a rap song or a country song on an Ac/Dc album.There are no surprises.However,in my book that’s a good thing.If you want great dancable rock and roll that you can sing along,you always know you can rely on Ac/Dc…aside from all the albums having the same style (which is good in my opinion) there are no downsides at all
The bottom line:Good time rock and roll at it’s best.It won’t make you think too hard,it’s easy to remember and fun to sing along and dance to.You should run not walk to buy this,the donutman says so!!!