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CD Reviews:  Review of The Eyes of Alice Cooper by Alice Cooper

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The Eyes of Alice Cooper feels like an old time Alice Cooper record. It is akin to the days when Alice Cooper was not a solo artist, but the band that produced Love it to Death, Billion Dollar Babies and School’s Out and featured Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and the late Glen Buxton. The Eyes of Alice Cooper features the members of his touring band and includes them in the writing process. For the most part, Alice has written material with a variety of folks, from super producer Bob Ezrin and songwriting master Desmond Child to a host of others, plus he brought in guest musicians to play on his records. Then he grabs his touring band and hits the road. Eric Singer (drums), who has pounded the skins for Kiss, Eric Dover, who has played guitar on tour for Jellyfish, led his own band (Imperial Drag) and sang for Slash’s Snakepit, and guitarist Ryan Roxie have played small roles on previous Alice efforts. On The Eyes of Alice Cooper, Roxie and Dover co-wrote the material and played on every track along with Singer and bassist Chuck Garric (who also co-wrote one song).

Mudrock (Godsmack, Powerman 5000) produced and mixed the record and orchestrates a bare-bones, stripped-down sound -- rocking guitars, bass, drums and Alice’s voice. This is quite a contrast to the last two records, which were produced by Bob Marlette (Saliva, Black Sabbath) and featured an industrial metal flavor with tons of effects that filled every space with sound. This is a solid record by a veteran act who continues to explore and tweak his sound and evolve as an artist. The famous Alice Cooper sense of humor is present and most obvious in tracks such as “The Song that Didn’t Rhyme” and “Man of the Year” (which thematically reminds me of “Model Citizen” from the underappreciated Flush the Fashion). “Novocaine” is as catchy as anything he has put out since his hit single “Poison” of the late 1980s.

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