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Alice Cooper: Along Came A Spider
Melodic Hard/Theater Rock
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Simply said, Alice Cooper is alive and well in 2008 and sounding better than ever. Coop brings forth a dark, dangerous and musically accomplished work with 'Along Came A Spider.' This conceptual album has the serial killer, Spider, telling his murderous story in the first person. But only Alice could turn such a tale into a love story. Spider falls in love with his likely last victim which could ultimately bring his demise. Thematically and lyrically, this classic Alice Cooper storytelling.

Musically, the album runs the course of his varied elements from his early days to the present. However, 'Along Came A Spider' sounds more like 70's Cooper brought forward with modern nuances. The breadth of variation is easily discovered on very first two tracks. 'I Know Where You Live' sounds like early Cooper and 'Vengeance Is Mine' leans more to late Alice with the metal tones of 'Brutal Planet.' The latter is helped along by Slash's cutting fret work. Then there's 'Killed By Love' which drips with early Alice. The song is smooth and moving thanks to the rich vocal harmonies. Overall, every song is strong and creative making 'Along Came A Spider' a thoroughly consistent work.

It's great to see and hear Alice Cooper again. His creative genius has not withered one bit. 'Along Came A Spider' is a creative delight of classic and modern Alice. Highly recommended!


In Short

It's great to see and hear Alice Cooper again. His creative genius has not withered one bit. 'Along Came A Spider' is a creative delight of classic and modern Alice.

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