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Alice Cooper
"Lace And Whiskey"

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track listing
  • It's Hot Tonight
  • Lace And Whiskey
  • Road Rats
  • Damned If You Do
  • You And Me
  • King Of The
    Silver Screen
  • Urbani Stomp
  • (No More) Love At
    Your Convenience
  • I Never Wrote
    Those Songs
  • My God

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    "Lace And Whiskey"

    By 1977, Alice Cooper was on his own... His original band from their first six albums were no longer together, and Lace And Whiskey was Cooper's third album away from the "Billion Dollar Babies" original band lineup.

    Continuing with a little of hard rock, and more with the "broadway" approach as covered from the Alice Cooper Goes To Hell review, this release continues the "lighter" showman in Alice, than his normal shock rock style from his previous glory day releases.

    Songs such as "It's Hot Tonight", and "Road Rats" should have the die-hard fan of Hard Rock's whistles wet; they both have a hard-driving approach and what would be the shape of the upcoming decade's (1980s) loud, fast-driving rock n roll.

    The title track has the "Broadway Alice" sound somewhat, and "Damned If You Do" has a more pop-early 1970 sound, definitely not the harder rock style Alice Cooper is known for. "You And Me" displays the mellow side, (and the album's most popular hit). He had more success with this style, as heard on his previous solo release Welcome To My Nightmare ("Only Women Bleed") and future release From The Inside ("How You Gonna See Me Now").

    "King Of The Silver Screen" returns with the "Broadway Alice"; as it does have a rock sound, (not hard rock), yet it proves the continuing phase from Goes To Hell -- displaying Cooper as a showman, rather than a rock artist.

    A complete turnaround -- "Urbangi Stomp" goes back to the early years of rock n roll, rockabilly style. "(No More) Love At Your Convenience" is the "showman Alice" again, and "I Never Wrote Those Songs" also displays the "showman" and another mellow side to the listening audience. Going back to church ends the album, as "My God" has a progressive sounding style, as heard in such groups as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, and King Crimson.

    "Lace And Whiskey" is a continuation of his previous release, Alice Cooper Goes To Hell. As Cooper was branching out on his own, he had an amazing focus on different rock sounds. The traditional hard rock, and mostly the showman Alice. It is very different to hear for those who are most familiar with the hard rock style, but back in 1977, he was on his own, and trying to capture a different atmosphere on each album. He would journey in later years with another different source of music -- Punk Rock, and would later return to his "roots" -- what everyone remembers him best -- Hard Rock. Lace And Whiskey is different, and daring to be different than what you are most famous for does have its risks. Cooper takes the chances, as this album has its moments, and as he has done in the past, he has always been a showman, even from his shock rock years to the "professional" look at showmanship.

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