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Old 08-12-2013, 08:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have put together a cd of Alice's ballads and after listening to it I can safely say he sings a ballad just as good as those hard rock anthems! I was wondering since Alice is primarily known as the king of shock rock where everyone stands on his more gentler side?
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I have put together a cd of Alice's ballads and after listening to it I can safely say he sings a ballad just as good as those hard rock anthems! I was wondering since Alice is primarily known as the king of shock rock where everyone stands on his more gentler side?
His softer side, is basically just a result of his 1970s theatrical and commercial aspirations. I don't think he did ballads that well but neither did he do them badly.

I'm guessing this thread will be and should be joined to one of the existing Alice Cooper threads on here.
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I think "I Never Cry" is pretty embarrassing. "How You Gonna See Me Now" is a great song, and of course, "Only Women Bleed" is superb. Most of the other ballads from his post-dark years albums are attempts at radio play/exposure/hits and all sound pretty dated to me ("Burning Our Bed" comes most readily to mind).
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That is a interesting opinion. I think his last album had a song on it that may have spurned some airplay that "Last Man On Earth " kind of a campy inspired thing......
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That is a interesting opinion. I think his last album had a song on it that may have spurned some airplay that "Last Man On Earth " kind of a campy inspired thing......
Spurned? I'm pretty sure most of the songs on W2MN would've spurned airplay. I think radio stations were lining up not to play anything from that CD.

I respect Alice for trying to do new things and for putting out new music, especially when he has to know those albums aren't likely going to move a lot. I've never heard the Dragontown CD, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I stopped paying attention--other than with a mild curiosity--after The Last Temptation, which I thought was okay, but nothing to write home about.
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Spurned? I'm pretty sure most of the songs on W2MN would've spurned airplay. I think radio stations were lining up not to play anything from that CD.

I respect Alice for trying to do new things and for putting out new music, especially when he has to know those albums aren't likely going to move a lot. I've never heard the Dragontown CD, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. I stopped paying attention--other than with a mild curiosity--after The Last Temptation, which I thought was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Dragon Town injected Alice with a huge dose of heavy metal sound which totally suited his voice. Along Came A Spider is a better album in my opinion and Welcome To My Nightmare 2 is so far off the mark it should have been recalled.........The most likely candidate for airplay was the song that I previously mentioned in my opinion.
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I thought this thread would get merged. I only know two or three of Alice's ballads (it depends on whether a gun analogy can be a ballad). His songs seem to have a tendency to slog, and it's accentuated on the ballads. Meh. I prefer his harder stuff.
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I like his harder songs also, but to have the ability to sing No More Mr. Nice Guy and then pull off a song such as Only Woman Bleed screams versatility........in my opinion.
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