Loving an Important Piece of History To Death
Posted by: Galadrielle from: Southern California on
Love it To Death is the first album in which young Alice Cooper makes history by combining Gothic horror with rock 'n' roll. While there have been morbid song lyrics since the time King David wrote the Psalms, and probably long before, Cooper brings his own genre - rock 'n' roll - to the graveyard, and this album is as good and spooky as a good old fashioned 1950's horror movie, or Halloween itself! Dead bodies, zombies, and our own mortality are prevalent themes in this album, and, while many of these songs, especially "I'm Eighteen," are classics, still sung by Cooper today, there are others that only appear on this album and are well worth a good listen.
Bob Ezrin's and Glenn Buxton's melodies are often eerie and reflect the theme of horror that pervades the entire album like a fog in a deserted alley.
Cooper's lyrics are thought-provoking, and, at times, deal with very disturbing themes. One line in "I'm Eighteen" deals with "living in the middle of doubt." I believe many of us can relate to that. Another great classic is "The Ballad of Dwight Fry," which, like Shakespeare's plays, is best seen, whether on DVD or, better yet, at a concert! Cooper performs this song in a straitjacket!
The most disturbing song on the album, in my opinion, is "Hallowed be my Name," sung by the talented Neal Smith. The song starts out like a hymn, but the lyricist, presumably Cooper, attacks the deadly sin of Christian spiritual arrogance as an eagle attacks a poisonous viper!
Cooper has, of course, since released many albums that, in many ways, are more powerful than this one, but the classic Love it to Death is still as frightfully good as a ghost story told around a campfire on a cold dark night!
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One of the Coop's Best Albums
Posted by: PoolmanProgger from: on
I bought this album from BestBuy.com quite a while ago, and let me tell you, I really do love this album to death! First of all, I'm a huge Coop fan, so I've heard all of his - their, in this instance - albums. I can confidently tell you that this is EASILY in the top 5 of all AC albums. Containing the hit single "I'm Eighteen", this is the album that brought AC out of the druggy psychedelia of their first two albums and onto the scene as one of rock and rolls most exciting and fresh bands. This album offers a wide variety of music, from the grungy "I'm Eighteen", to the glammy "Caught In A Dream", proto-punk-prog of "Black Juju", the prog influenced Cooper classic "Ballad of Dwight Frye" and even the showtunes-inspired "Sun Arise". This album is really a treat, and not just for Cooper fans. I also recommend "Killer", "School's Out", "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "Alice Cooper Goes to Hell" if you want to further delve deep into the crazy, twisted mind of Alice Cooper.
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