Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (2011)

I love Alice. I loved his “Killer” from ’71, just like “School’s Out” and “Billion Dollar Babies” from ’72 and “Muscle of Love” from ’73. Then I loved “Welcome to My Nightmare” in 1975 and “Alice Cooper Goes to Hell” very next year. Later I loved “Special Forces” (’81), “Zipper Catches Skin” (’82), “DaDa” (’83), and “Constrictor” (’86). “Trash” (’89) and “Hey Stoopid” (’91) were both two great albums, “The Last Temptation” was alright and I really loved “Brutal Planet” in 2000 where Alice kind of give his answer to his followers and meanwhile new stars such as Marilyn Manson proving – once again – that he still have the power. But after that I kind of lost my appetite for Alice, “Dragontown” was at least a mediocre release while “Dirty Diamonds” sounds like a lost material from the 70s, not bad for that times, but quite outdated for the 2000s. Honestly, Alice didn’t really convinced me in 2008 with his concept album “Along Came a Spider”.
Then Alice planned to release a sequel of “Along Came a Spider”, but producer Bob Ezrin proposed instead the idea of a sequel to “Welcome to My Nightmare”, part of the thirtieth anniversary of its original release.

I still believe Alice Cooper is a pretty nice guy, I still love him for all of his great songs and great albums, but still, “Welcome 2 My Nightmare” is useless just like any “part two”, “part three” release in music or films. The album is very colorful, but full of cliches. All that riffs, breaks, choruses have their roots in the 70s and were repeatedly used and recycled in the 80s, 90s and so on. The album have a few nice moments, better passages, interesting themes and catchy choruses, but all together, at the bottom line it’s pretty disappointing. And I was a gentlemen: the truth is, this mainly quite boring.
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