Ac/Dc had recently released ‘Blow Up Your Video’ which had garnered a bit of a buzz especially from 2 great videos but the sales were still not up to what they were in the early 80s so they did what on paper seemed to be a very smart idea,they hired THE best rock producer in the business,Bruce Fairbairn who had rescued Bon Jovi,Aerosmith,and others with smash hits…heck,I would have done the exact same thing in their shoes,and did it work? Well,yes and no.The razor’s edge did sell quite a bit more then the past few releases,especially powered by the lead off single ‘Thunderstruck’
and the songwriting did improve tremendously on this release while still not selling out the blues based rock style that got them to the party in the first place..songs like ‘Moneytalks”Are You Ready’, ‘Let’s Make It’ ‘Got You By The Balls’ and my personal fave ‘Mistress For Christmas’ show that they have all the power and fire that they did way back for their ultimate release ‘Back In Black’ yes,those songs are that good,the lyrics are still as sexually charged as ever,Angus can still play lead right up there with the best of the best and nobody alive can scream like Brian Johnson…but..something just doesn’t feel right with this release…if you listen to the songs by themselves one at a time,they are just about perfect,but when you listen to the CD from start to finish it feels so bare bones,so for a lack of better word ‘empty’ I’m sure this was intentionally done,the band did not want people to say they had gotten too polished,but it makes the CD kind of hard to listen to from start to finish,there isn’t a lot of warmth…maybe that’s just me…but especially towards the end of the CD I always find myself looking at the CD case to see how much longer I have to go ’till it’s over..it’s just too similar,to o dry sounding the whole way through….I think basically aside from the production being dry the last two songs really bring it down (a problem that Ac/Dc had on almost every release)
The CD opens with ‘Thunderstruck’ a modern day classic,couldn’t ask for a better way to open the album…from there ‘Fire Your Guns’ almost shouting to the world that they are back as strong as ever…’Moneytalks’ brilliant lyrics,and extremely catchy music make this one very strong..the title cut ‘The Razors Edge’ full of dark atmosphere,reminds me in a lot of ways of the feel of ‘Nightstalker’ from Highway To Hell..but it seems to be lacking the same warmth ..from there ‘Mistress For Christmas’ almost every guy in the world would love the lyrics to this one..it’s one of my favorite holiday tunes and is my personal favorite from this one…’Rock Your Heart Out’ is another great catchy song…’Are You Ready’ is just one word..power..awesome tune,one of their best ever,would be perfect to open up concerts with..from there ‘Got You By The Balls’ again the lyrics are perfect…I think they took more time with lyrics on this release then any album they ever did,and it shows,catchy music too…’Shot Of Love’ catchy but not one of my favorites…’Let’s Make It’ perfect song for girls to dance to,so that gets thumbs up from me…’Goodbye & Good Riddance To Bad Luck’ and ‘If You Dare’ I think they just threw those two songs to fill out the CD,but if they left ‘em off (or maybe threw ‘em onto a box set as unreleased tunes) it would have been better,it really drags the whole CD down at the end…all this being said,I originally was going to give this a 3 star rating but I’ve changed my mind and give it a 4 star rating…there are many many great songs,some of the best in their career,I just don’t care for the overall tone,I wish they would re-release this one with a warmer feel…it feels very sterile..but overall a great CD and truly a comeback!
The Upside – perhaps the best lyric work they’ve ever done…the style of great blues tinged rock continues,but with a lot more attention to songwriting.They have done a great job of putting together some classic tunes.
The Downside – the last two songs,aside from that it’s perfect aside from feeling a little bare.
The Bottom Line – This should definitely be in your collection. You are not likely to find a collection of songs this good on almost any band’s CD.Some great hits are here,some incredibly catchy songs with great lyrics and my favorite holiday song are all here…if you are new to the band I’d start with Highway To Hell,Back In Black,and Dirty Deeds,but then you should definitely check this out..and all hard core fans of Ac/Dc should definitely have this…this is some of the best work…go out and buy this the donutman says so!!!