ALICE COOPER "Along Came A Spider" /CD/



The 25th full-length album by the legendary American Shock Rock/Hard Rock/Glam Metal singer.
Cooper's highest-charting album in the US since "Hey Stoopid" in 1991.
Throughout his long career, Alice Cooper has taken full advantage of how concept albums allow for more ambitious songwriting and memorable, layered characters who get more than one song to tell their stories. They're always tortured stories with social outcasts rebelling against turbulent childhoods or other traumatic whatnot, but this time the stakes are much higher. The storyline for the album was first revealed on Cooper's radio show "Nights with Alice Cooper". The theme of the album revolves around a "cool, calm and collected" serial killer known as Spider. The police are baffled by the bodies of Spider's victims, which are cocooned in a silk web, and are each missing a leg. Spider's task is to collect eight legs in order to complete the construction of his own spider. However, things get complicated when he falls in love with his eighth victim.
While the casual fan will feel that some of the less gripping songs are just here to move the story along, fanatics will gush as Alice once again acts as host and narrator and revives the character Steven, the young boy who broke all his toys on Nightmare. With a serial killer as lead and titles like "(In Touch With) Your Feminine Side" and "The One That Got Away", Alice fills his lyrics with clever and gruesome wordplay, but the winner here is the only plausible single, "Wake the Dead", which shockingly and shamelessly borrows the bassline from the Chemical Brothers' "Let Forever Be".
Guitarist Slash, Kiss drummer Eric Singer and background vocalist extraordinaire Bernard Fowler all make appearances, while Renaissance man Danny Saber handles the production with co-producer Greg Hampton, which appropriately sounds soundtrack big.
An easy recommendation for fan club members and/or serial killers!
Nightmare Inc./Steamhammer/SPV, 2008 (SPV 90602 CD Ltd.). Used: good.


Tracklist:
1. Prologue / I Know Where You Live 4:22
2. Vengeance Is Mine 4:26
3. Wake The Dead 3:54
4. Catch Me If You Can 3:16
5. (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side 3:16
6. Wrapped In Silk 4:17
7. Killed By Love 3:34
8. I'm Hungry 3:58
9. The One That Got Away 3:21
10. Salvation 4:36
11. I Am The Spider / Epilogue 5:21
Total playing time: 44:21

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