Alice Cooper is back with his first album since ‘Along Came a Spider’ three years ago. Titled ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’, it has what seems to be a parody of both the title and album cover of his first solo album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’, which seems right as it is a sequel to the original album. This album is all over the place trying out various styles; it almost seems like more of a retrospective collection of the Alice Cooper sound than a linier album. But it still sticks to the same concept, which gels the album together really well. This album is nothing like I expected it to be, but is actually a much better sounding, and much more complex create. The more I listen to this thing the more I love it. If you’ve been a fan of Cooper for years, if you use to be but stopped, or if you’re just starting out I think all of these types of fans will love this album, or at least part of it. Hell it’s even a great start point for someone that’s never even heard Alice Cooper before.
‘I Am Made of You’ This song I just don’t like at all, it really made me fear for the album. It’s just bad, it’s long and boring and not even close to what I was hoping for.
‘Caffeine’ This song is goofy as fuck. At first he sounds a lot like Weird Al. And it is actually about caffeine keeping you awake. That being said, if you can get past, or embrace, the dumb subject it’s a pretty awesome song.
‘The Nightmare Returns’ Here’s a creepy awesome song. It’s a bit like a lullaby meets Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s real short, just over a minute, but it would be right at home in a horror movie.
‘A Runaway Train’ This sounds like some 70′s Alice Cooper, which isn’t a bad thing, that’s my personal favorite era. A straight up great rock song is what you get out of this one. This is my favorite song on the album.
‘Last Man on Earth’ Like a bluesy/folk sound here, it seems to pick up after the train wreck at the end of the previous song. Not what I’d expect from Alice Cooper but I dig it.
‘The Congregation’ Word is this song was heavily inspired by the Beatles, I assume that’s true because you can really hear it. It sounds a lot like if the Beatles did a song with Alice Cooper. Rob Zombie is on here for a second too.
‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ Another song that sounds a lot like his 70′s days. A little song about the devil, it’s a pretty good one too.
‘Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever’ I’m not quite sure what the deal is with the bad disco song, but it’s not a high point of the album. I could actually see this growing on me just for the fun of it though.
‘Ghouls Gone Wild’ A cool surf rock song is a nice twist after that disco thing. Also not something I expected from Alice Cooper but it’s pretty awesome. Mark Volman, singer of the Turtles, does some background vocals on this one.
‘Something to Remember Me By’ A song written by Alice Cooper and Dick Wagner in the late ’70s but never recorded for some reason. Well here it is now, it really sounds like it was in his pocket for many years, it’s a nice slow ballad type song. It’s like the good version of a song you’d hear playing in the big prom scene in a cheesy movie, I dig it.
‘When Hell Comes Home’ This is the kind of creepy dark hard rock song I’d expect from Alice Cooper now a days. Honestly this is what I expected the album to sound like. But I guess what would you expect out of a song with some murder?
‘What Baby Wants’ At first I hated this song, then I thought it was incredible, and then I hated it again, now I just like it a lot. It’s weird that’s for sure. It’s basically Alice Cooper does dark pop. Kesha is on this song, and you can really hear it shine through. I think this will be the most hated song on the album, but I’m cool with it.
‘I Gotta Get Outta Here’ Almost what I’d describe as a classic rock song, there’s some acoustics and a lot of awesome lyrics. You decide if Alice is dreaming or dead…
‘The Underture’ An instrumental track, not bad but not needed.
1. I Am Made Of You
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. I’ll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture
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