Sounds like AC/DC. Okay opener. Nothing spectacular.
Sounds like AC/DC. Age has actually helped Brian Johnson. His screech is in a slightly lower register and sounds better. Nice Angus solo. Good track.
SHOT IN THE DARK**1/2
Sounds like AC/DC. "Highway To Hell" 2020. Soccer club vocals on chorus. Again, Angus sounds great. If it ain't broke...
THROUGH THE MISTS OF TIME***
Sounds like AC/DC. This is their pop hit. Hooky melody. Brian is singing and not screaming. (Well, singing for Brian.) I dig it. Good track. Another solid Angus solo.
KICK YOU WHEN YOU'RE DOWN**
Sounds like AC/DC. Five mid-tempo numbers in a row. Missing the Bon Scott years and tracks like "Problem Child" and "Beating Around The Bush" and "Whole Lotta Rosie" when the band would explode. There's still time, but still...five in a row. This one is weak.
Sounds like AC/DC. "Thunderstruck" meets "You Shook Me All Night Long" and not as good as either. More drunken footballer vocals. Meh. Weakest, so far.
Sounds like AC/DC. Alright! Picking up the pace. Early AC/DC meets ZZ Top. Something about the riff feels like a twisted version of Petty's "Running Down A Dream." Great track.
Sounds like AC/DC. Third rate "Back In Black." Not a great one.
NO MAN'S LAND**1/2
Sounds like AC/DC. Slow burner, nice riffing and groove. Think "Hell's Bells." Good one.
Sounds like AC/DC. It's amazing what Angus Young can do with two chords. Love this riff and this track. And one of my favorite tricks--let the bass drop out for just the guitar and drums on the riff and then come back big. One of my faves on the record.
Sounds like AC/DC. Similar feel to "What Do You Do For Money." Nothing really.
Sounds like AC/DC. Another "Back In Black" rewrite. Cool riff. Great verses. Weak chorus/refrain. Shoulda gone out bigger.
Full disclosure, I've been on an AC/DC kick for the last week, revisiting those great Bon Scott records. (Hey, even Lucinda Williams loves the "High Voltage" album!) I was looking forward to "PWR/UP," though I'm not really a fan of the Brian Johnson years.
It's interesting, the Bon Scott lineup made seven records in five years, all of which are fantastic. Some of my favorite rock records of all time! The Brian Johnson lineup has been together forty years and only released ten records, and more than half are mediocre. They returned strong after Bon Scott's death with the now legendary "Back In Black," but nothing else ever came close.
"PWR/UP" is a fine return after the six year layoff, the death of Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson's temporary sacking and replacement with Axl Rose due to hearing issues, and drummer Phil Rudd's home detention after being charged with "attempting to procure a murder!" "PWR/UP" was a fun listen and it just might get a few more spins.
It sounds like AC/DC!