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Back In Black

AC/DC

1980

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Back In Black

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5

Such a beast of an album. Just legendary. Every song is a banger. Every track a shredder. "Relentless" is a really great descriptor for this album. It never lets up, never slows down, never lets you rest. It's the opposite of a rickroll.

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4

Great album from this totally ‘balls to the wall’ Aussie rock group. It’s heavy but it’s not metal as many people often categorise their music to be. They rely on the trusted and true technique of playing the blues fast with accompanying power chords and saturated in full blown Marshall distortion. These guys are the masters of this genre and this album is one of their best examples. Every track is almost as good as any other, including released singles...that in itself is a rarity. While I actually favour AC/DC with their former and original frontman Bon Scott, there is no doubting the genuine quality of these tracks. The album definitely deserves to be rated a classic. Turn it up to 11!! 4 Stars!

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5

Probably the most macho album ever, without ever being offensive. When aliens come down and ask about rock n roll, this will be the first album humans will play them.

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5

Vous savez quoi ? Alors que j'étais partagé entre l'idée d'accorder un 4 à cet album, et celle de lui accorder un 5, j'ai finalement opté pour la dernière option. Et vous savez pourquoi ? Tout simplement parce que je voyais arriver le jour arriver où j'allais donner mon troisième 5 à Adèle et où on allait me traiter de fragile qui écoute seulement des filles qui pleurent en chantant. Alors voilà, un bon gros 5 pour Back In Black, un album bien viril, fait pour les hommes qui ont des clébards sales. Qu'est-ce que vous allez pouvoir dire maintenant ?

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3

obviously a decent record but lyrically it improves tenfold when you imagine it’s being sung by toad

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5

Genial ACDC halt

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5

Now I know why AC/DC is legendary

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5

Day 39 of Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll, that is, unless you’re AC/DC. The Young brothers, Malcom and Angus had a vision in the early Seventies to bring straight forward, hard edged, and unapologetic Rock ‘n Roll bangers to the masses. AC/DC was a hard working band that had no problem grinding it out on the road, and their hard work would pay off in a huge way. Although the years ahead would bring tragedy and line-up changes, they would deliver time and time again. From 1974-1980, with Bon Scott as the lead singer and charismatic frontman, AC/DC would turn every record they touched into something better than gold, they turned them all into platinum. T.N.T., High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, and Let There Be Rock, would all be released in that time and any band in the world would be able to comfortably say that their musical careers had been a success and ride off into the sunset. When AC/DC prepared to record their sixth album, Highway to Hell, they parted from long time producers Harry Vanda and brother George Young, and ushered in Mutt Lange, who would help steer the band into a whole new stratosphere of rock. Highway to Hell would become their highest selling album up to that point and go on to be known as one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. Singer Bon Scott would live out all of the excesses of a Rock God in his public and personal life, respectively. When he passed away unexpectedly in early 1980, his absence left an obvious gaping hole in the band. It seemed that AC/DC’s residency at the top of their game had come to an abrupt end. AC/DC isn’t the kind of band that rolls over and dies. When Bon Scott’s mother gave her blessing to continue on without her son, they soon recruited Brian Johnson to join the group. Bon Scott had seen Johnson perform before his death and highly recommended that the guys check him out sometime. Wanting to give tribute to their fallen band mate gave AC/DC the fuel to create their next album, and they did so in record time. In July 1980, only six months after Scott’s death, AC/DC would release Back in Black, once again collaborating with producer Mutt Lange. Back in Black was meant to have a totally black cover in memory of Scott, something that their label was very against, so they compromised and released the record with a mostly all black cover with just the title in grey. Due to the circumstances, most people would expect the band to take a more somber approach to the album. Hell no, AC/DC paid their respects by bringing the same frenzied energy to Back in Black that they were known to always have. Brian Johnson was the perfect frontman to step in on vocals. He didn’t try to replace Scott or mimic him at all. The opening track, Hell’s Bells starts off with the ominous ringing of a massive bell, setting the tone for Back in Black’s dark, yet pumped up approach. Their are no taboo topics on this rebirth. Death, Hell, drinking, partying, sex, it’s all there. When the most famous guitar riff of all time kicks in on the albums title song, Back in Black, I still feel the hairs on my neck rise. On You Shook Me All Night Long, you can feel the drums hit you in the chest as if you’re on the stage with the band. This is one of the cleanest recorded albums of all time, and it really shines because of its rough and rugged content. Have a Drink On Me and Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution are songs that you will still hear played on neighborhood bar jukeboxes around the world to this day. My personal favorite song on Back In Black is Let Me Put My Love Into You, it never loses its shine or sex appeal 40 years later. AC/DC had the perfect balance of Blues infused hard rock and work ethic that made them accessible to anyone that’s not a Bible thumping prude that can’t separate music entertainment from reality. My first memories of AC/DC come from my Uncle Mike. He always played their records at maximum volume that would vibrate the Angus Young plastered posters taped to his bedroom walls, and I thank him for that. (I can still picture Angus Young in his school boy outfit, with horns poking out from his hat, he’s my favorite). Back In Black is still the second highest selling album in the world. Let that sink in. There is no other band before AC/DC or to follow, that can overcome the loss of their frontman at the peak of their career, and go on to not only recover, but soar even higher than before. I’ll leave you with one last fact that I find to be especially impressive. While most albums have many, many songs recorded before selecting the final tracks that will go on the record, and leaving the rest on the cutting room floor, AC/DC recorded only 10 songs, all of which made it to the final cut. Then sold over 50 million copies of Back in Black... Mind blowing. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!!

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5

This album is fantastic. The first entry from their new lead singer(after the death of their previous one) is their best outing. Show casing a new vocal sound that is today the opitome of ACDCs iconic music. This album plays almost like a greatest hits album containing numerous songs that are mainstays on any rock radio staion(or playlist - "helps bells", "shoot to thrill", "back in black", "you shook me all night long" and "rock and roll ain't noise pollution") but even the lesser tracks on this album are still great songs("what do you do for the money honey", "given the dog a bone" and "shake a leg"). This album hits high on almost every song and delivers the iconic sound we love from one of rocks greatest bands.

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5

This is how a hard rock record should sound. The songs are great - nothing particularly ground-breaking or avant-garde, but amazing riffs, fantastic to sing along to, and definitely elicits an emotional response (especially when turned up loud). Some questionable lyrics, but they never took themselves too seriously and I don't think they expected the audience to either. In terms of overall sound, it's clear to see why this album is held up as one of the pinnacles of hard rock production. Solid rhythm section, and the guitars all sound incredible. The sound of a Gibson into a Marshall and turned up loud can't be beaten. Guitar solos suit the music perfectly, as do Brian Johnson's vocals. Makes me want to go grab my guitar and turn it up loud.

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5

Whereas I get sick of Aerosmith's "middle school boy music" aesthetic, I still cannot get enough of it when AC/DC does it. Maybe they're just better at it. Maybe they're the real thing when Aerosmith is just poseurs. I don't know. What I do know is that every single one of these songs is a stone cold rock classic. Just listening to one of these is guaranteed to get you an STD. Hail Satan, and rock on AC/DC.

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4

“Back in Black” by AC/DC (1980) I bought this album when it first came out, because my students (at a private Christian high school) had expressed alarm that if you play it backwards there were discernible messages from Satan. This was in the heyday of the evangelical Christian “backmasking” conspiracy theory. Anyway, I played parts of it in class (forward and backward), demonstrating that what they had been told to listen for (repeated references to “666”, etc.) were actually just cymbals and other sounds that only coincidentally sounded like words. Some of them remained unconvinced, and thus I learned a valuable lesson about religious fundamentalism: People will believe the craziest shit under the right conditions. But the music on this album is very good. Brian Johnson has a voice that seems to do violence to both his throat and the listener’s ears. But it is a very disciplined violence, with excellent range, diction, and breath control, and that makes it musically attractive. The guitar work of the Young brothers displays a particular virtuosity, especially for the time. Clearly one of the standout heavy metal guitar duos. Listen carefully for Angus Young’s deftly executed ‘quick bends’ on individual notes in the scales of his lead riffs. Exquisite. The rhythm section is exceptionally tight and steady, with enough variety to keep it interesting. The lyrics, on the other hand, are simply unconnected expressions of misguided manliness, angry arrogance, and cultural chaos. Even lyricist Brian Johnson is reported as having described the lyrics on the title track “Back in Black” as nonsense. And Johnson’s lyrics on “Hell’s Bells” are an unconvincing paean to evil. Consider the line “'Cause if good's on the left, then I'm sticking to the right”. Brian, if you’ve ever had children (and he did), then we all know you’re full of shit. What holds these lyrics together are the standard heavy metal themes of unrestrained individuality, untempered judgmentalism and the irresponsible abuse of what little they know. It’s not art. If you want to hear a message from Satan on this album, don’t play it backwards. Play it forwards. But the sound. The sound. It is metal done to perfection. 4/5

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Proof that Black Sabbath served a purpose. This mob learnt from their shortcomings, at least. Too serious? Um, they're wearing school uniform. Failure to deliver on their image? Not possible, the songs are literally *about* rocking very hard. Bypassed lyrics on the highway to riffs? Nope. This is pure poetry: "Back in the back / Of a Cadillac / Number one with a bullet, I'm a power pack / Yes, I'm in a bang / With a gang / They've got to catch me if they want me to hang." Too basic? I mean, the aim is to wipe their grubby heinies in your sour moosh and that's exactly what they do. In short, I had a blast because I was getting ready for a wedding and wanted to get pumped up. This did the trick. Is it a three? It was then so it is now.

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5

Classic. Part of my first purchase at Toms too

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5

A perfect album. Best track: Back In Black

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5

AC/DC's best work

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5

Brilliant. AC/DC at their rocking best.

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5

What a great album, every song is class and belongs on there and is catchy

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5

Great rock album, one of the all time best, great classic rock.

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5

Awesome Rock and Roll. Simple but killer riffs with a good sense of fun. Interesting to read that this was the break through album following the death of their previous lead singer through MisAdventure.

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5

Enorme !

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5

All of my existing favorites, plus a handful of others that are also bangers. Led to a great continuation by Spotify also.

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5

Bangers and sweet power chords

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5

heh

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5

A phenomenal rock album

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5

Love it- knew I loved it before I listened to it. Listened to it twice. Totally pumped for work

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5

The soundtrack to my middle school years! In my search to find the music that felt like me. ACDC time and time again came through as an artist I could vibe to

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5

Bängeri Slässic

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5

One of the best pure guitar driven hard rock albums ever.

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5

Great upbeat listen...gets the blood pumping!

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5

great album

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5

Probably one of if not the greatest pure rock n roll albums of all time. The energy in it is still alive after 40 years. This album is a rock masterpiece and it changed my life.

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5

Best AC/DC album in my opinion

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5

Excellent! Intense and energy flowing

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5

BOOOOOM!

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5

C’est vraiment un masterpiece! Des mélodies simples, des drum simples mais c’est catchy a mort ! La voix est pour moi parfaite ! Une corneille qui chante bien! Ça démocratise le hard rock! Ça rend de bonne humeur et ça se danse Je l’évite Shake a leg moyenne elle Je lévite, hells bells wow, shoot to thrill!! Rock n roll aint noise pollution

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5

El álbum que levantó los ánimos de la banda al ser mucho más exitoso posterior al fallecimiento de su primer vocalista

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5

Good, i really like it

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5

Excellent - incredible riffs, an undeniable groove and plenty of great hooks.

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5

Classic

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5

funky catchy rock anthems

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5

C’est un 5, c’est ça pis c’est toute! Au moins 5 tounes qui me font applaudir dans mon salon. J’ai même rejoué certaines tounes parce que je chantais. Shoot to thrill, PLAY TO KILL!

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5

This album is just so representative of the AC/DC sound and of the rock during that time. I love this album.

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5

The BEST

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5

Vei, Back In Black.

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5

Great album

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5

A resounding cheer from Sass and Nick. I planted the back window box to some of it.

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5

Crackin’ Tracks

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5

Classic

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5

Считаю ли я AC/DC переоценёнными? Скорее да. Пилили ли они при этом достойное музло? Скорее да. Если бы группа не была главной иконой хард-рока в массовом сознании, если бы какие-то школьницы на Первом канале не пели "Highway to School", если бы на футболке Батхеда красовался другой логотип, если бы Back In Black не стояла годами у отца на звонке... я бы, вероятно, воспринимал их музыку с большим удовлетворением. Но я же у мамки разумист, умею абстрагироваться. Так вот, если отбросить всякие предрассудки, то альбом то... кайфовый. Прям ну балдёж же. Конечно, балдёж балдежу рознь, дискографию гонять часами дома желания никакого нет. Но, например, для бега на плеер кинуть - вполне неплохая идея. Да и между делом услышать не прочь. Если только не на звонке в течении долгих лет. Отличное музло, лаконичные и запоминающиеся гитарные партии, яркий вокал, атмосфера "Е-е-е... ро-о-ок!" Да и то, при каких условиях альбом был записан, внушает увожение. На самом деле лучшим треком ныне кажется You Shook Me All Night Long, ранее его как-то не выделял, особенно на фоне вездесущей заглавной темы. Вступительный трек эпичную атмосферу задаёт, что даже некоторое разнообразие вносит в доминантную разгильдяйскую эстетику. Главную проблему AC/DC вижу именно в недостатке разнообразия, слишком узком выборе эстетики и отсутствии выраженного развития на протяжении карьеры чтоль. Но если альбом рассматривать отдельно от всего этого, он ж пиздатый.

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5

its an iconic album ofc! I am not that into this type of genre, however I like some of the songs. like back in black and let me put my love into you.

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5

Brilliant album, carefree rock at it’s best.

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5

Just about every song on this album is gold

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5

Hard rock classic

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5

Stone cold rock classic in AC/DC's signature style

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5

Very Good Shit

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5

Classic. Epic Band. Epic Album.

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5

A masterpiece! If you think any different you’re not playing it loud enough. From the days when albums were albums not playlists.

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5

Dope.

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5

Total classic headbanger hard rock. Every song is a hit!

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5

Favorite AC/DC album. Shoot to Thrill is a standout.

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5

It's AC/DC it's fantastic

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5

Classic. All-time. Goated.

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5

22/06/2021 Ricardo was here Nostalgic Album

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5

One of the best albums of AC/DC

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5

I mean.. it’s back in black. The hits are great, the deep cuts are great.

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5

Pog

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5

5/5 - Love

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5

Stone cold banger

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5

Great album!

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5

This album is perfection, it really gets me going, I love it. There isn't a bad song, all bangerz. Great guitar, such a great voice, I love the simplicity of the lyrics, it's not poetry but it's amazing fun. ACDC? More like AC-Inredible-DC.

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5

Pure energy, thanks for that!

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5

Once I read that as/dc are just playing rock n roll, so after listening to this album, I'm convinced they are. Pretty good album

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5

Full on rock top to bottom.

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5

classic

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5

This slaps and is the best album to cook to.

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5

Another AC/DC album, and easily another classic. The second best-selling album of all time, right behind Thriller. Just like Highway to Hell, this one holds a lot of memories for me. I used to listen to this as a kid quite a bit. I could get away with saying "hell" in Hell's Bells. I've always been obsessed with the opening of the title track, but who isn't? I think overall I prefer Highway to Hell, but the hits on this one run deep as well. Imagine being AC/DC, losing your lead singer, and then coming back a year later with an album that rocks just as hard, if not harder, than anything you've made. This one's special. There's so much energy and heat here, and so many of the tracks are very horny, it almost seems like parody. But damn, they really did this. I can't say anything bad about this, I just love it. Favorite tracks: Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long, Hell's Bells, Let Me Put My Love Into You, Shoot to Thrill. Album art: Just enough. Barely more than a plain black cover, but the stenciled text is a great touch. I guess this is as funereal as a heavy metal rock band can afford to be. 5/5

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5

I don't even need to listen to this album to write a review but I will anyway. Even the songs that I don't actively look to listen to were awesome. This is a classic rock album at its core. Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, Back in Black, and You Shook Me All Night Long were my favs. Perfect album cover as well. It's hard to top something like this so perfect start to the week.

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5

Hells Bells 🔔 still rings strong for me! Love that song 🎧 and Back in Black and Shook Me are timeless. In my top20 albums

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5

Oh, apparently it's metal week for me! After reviewing British Steel yesterday, I guess it's wholly appropriate that I get to do Back in Black, the other powerhouse early 80s hard rock album that everyone should listen to. Back in Black certainly lives in the same neighborhood as music we would classify as metal, but maybe down a house or two. Metal fans love AC/DC. AC/DC is also probably the gateway drug into the metal genre for most non-metal fans. But really, AC/DC is still a rock and roll band, a good old fashioned dirty blues and rock band that just happens to rock really hard. I mean really, really hard. This band shares commonalities with bands like the Stones as well as bands like Judas Priest. This makes them a better band than most metal bands. They have a very specific sound and they're really good at it. As a side note, I like that Rob Halford credits a tour with AC/DC as an influence on some of the songs on British Steel. Music doesn’t exist in a vacuum. What can I say about this album except that it’s pretty perfect. From the first toll of the bell, you know you’re in for something special, and AC/DC really delivers. This gets said a lot, but it’s really rare for a band to recover after the loss of a beloved core member like Bon Scott. Not only did AC/DC recover, but they sharpened their sound and became even more successful. It’s a singular event in music, kicked off with this album right here. It’s a swaggering, exuberant masterpiece. The band found a dream singer in Brian Johnson, who was able to step in and embrace the band’s sound, but also to make his own mark as a singer. They also found a masterful producer in Mutt Lange, who really helped the band to hone their sound. The great hooks were always kind of there in AC/DC’s music, but they went next level here and produced some incredibly catchy rockers for the ages. “You Shook Me All Night Long” is one of the best songs ever recorded, something people will be listening to with wonder 50 years from now. But make no mistake, the darkness and the edge are still there. The broody sense of foreboding in “Hell’s Bells” is fantastic and is an undercurrent that weaves through the whole album. It foregrounds the dark space the band (and their fans) had been occupying and helps to balance the high energy party vibe of songs like “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Have a Drink on Me.” Musically, the band is on fire here. They’re a completely tight ship of a band. Beautiful riffs across the board from Angus and Malcolm Young, augmented with Angus' delightful solos. There’s a reason his name comes up in an any serious discussion of guitar players. Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd set the pace and hold the whole thing together while the band just burns through it. The songs are crisp and efficient, not an extraneous note or unnecessary solo to be found. I’ll also add, this album is beyond fun to listen to. The sound is powerful, but the band never loses that schoolboy energy. What’s more, Black in Black has got a groove to it. Try to sit still in a chair and listen to this album. You can’t do it! Fave Songs: You Shook Me All Night Long, Hell's Bells, Back in Black, Have a Drink on Me

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5

One of my favourite albums of all time - AC/DC and beyond.

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5

Absolutely kicks ass

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5

Well this particular trip back to my embarrassing middle school "classic dad rock is the only good music" phase was actually definitely worth it. This album has actually continued to age particularly well. Hells Bells, Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long are great. Shoot to Thrill is the real sleeper hit that really only got the recognition it deserved in the gratuitously gratuitous movie "Shoot em Up".

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5

Beautiful production, showcasing every instrument perfectly, with Brian’s vocals sounding crisp and clear. Some absolute crackers on there that have remained in the AC/DC regular set list 30 or 40 years later. Stand out tracks: Hells Bells, Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long

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5

-A legendary album. "Hells Bells," "Shoot To Thrill," "Back In Black," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" are all absolute rock classics -I hadn't heard "What You Do For Money Honey" and I love the part where it cuts to just singing and drumming and then goes into the guitar solo -Back In Black is legendary for many reasons, but one thing I like it the cool rhymes throughout the sonf

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5

A Fantastic album with some true, timeless classics.

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5

So many bangers

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5

I really like AC/DC, so this album was great for me. I feel like AC/DC is quintessential fun rock. Not the most technical band out there. Just great to listen to.

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5

Legendary album

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5

This is one on which I happily clicked "Play" to listen all the way through even though I already know the whole thing. I could write far too much here because I'm a fan of the band and this album, so I'll try to rein it in here. In a genre (hard rock/heavy metal) in which bands can too easily devolve into unintended self-parody, AC/DC always managed to avoid that and play what I always hear as just really fun rock. And this album is absolutely super-fun! They somehow play hard-driving rock that's danceable and upbeat without being syrupy or saccharine. Not sure many bands can pull that off. Plus, from the interviews I've seen and the stories I've heard, this band is full of truly nice people. Angus Young's genuine humility and decency always seem apparent to me whenever I hear him chatting. It's great. It's really cool to see my son in his early teens, and a few of his peers, discover and love this band and this album too.

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5

Хороший альбом с хитовыми песнями.

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5

It's AC/DC. What were you expecting? Best Tracks: Shoot To Thrill; Back In Black; You Shook Me All Night Long

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5

About 8 of these 10 songs could have carried an entire career. So much swagger, absolutely unique sound.

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5

Classic album all the way.

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5

It's weird to do three 5-stars in a row but come ON.

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5

I remember getting this CD in high school (my second AC/DC CD after Dirty Deeds) likely from Columbian House. It’s a fantastic album and even though AC/DC aren’t in as high rotation anymore for me (nothing personal) it’s still such a cool story than Brian was able to swing in and make the band his own so quickly after Bon Scott’s death. Bon died in February, Brian got the job in March and this was released in July. That’s wild, especially considering there’s hardly a bad song on the album. You Shook Me All Night Long is fantastic because the melody and production helped it become a huge crossover it. It’s near perfect. Fave tracks: “Shoot to Thrill” “You Shook Me All Night Long” “Given the Dog a Bone” “rock and roll ain’t noise pollution”

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5

A fun album with a bunch a hits. I enjoyed it. I would listen to it again.

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5

Pub rock taken to it's pinnacle. Legendary album

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5

Maravilloso

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5

This was another childhood album of mine and it's hard to take off nostalgia goggles for it. I've listened to every song so much I don't think I can judge it from a fresh perspective. With that being said I still find it very enjoyable to listen to and there are no skips.

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5

5.0 - A true beast of an album, this one plays like a greatest hits compilation. Somehow the songs remain fresh for me (with the exception of "You Shook Me...") despite being mainstays on rock radio.

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5

88. Back in Black - AC/DC 10 tracks. This started great and just got better. I hated them in my younger days but this is bang on the money, (honey!). There's far more subtlety in here than I expected. It's not all "noise pollution". I love this. Sign of the horns 5/5

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5

Loved it, classics

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Great collection of AC/DC tunes, this album was a hit machine with only a couple of songs that I don't think made their way to the radio or pop culture in some form. Big return to form after the death of their first singer.

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5

Of course one has to love everthing about this album

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5

I would give it 10 out of 5 if I could - what can I say I love them and Angus Young is a god. B in B is probably my most listened to album of all times. Right before Metalica's Black Album and Iron Maidens Number of the Beast. To me it's the greatest.

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5

'Back In Black' (album) uniquely captures the rock and roll spirit, dexterously finding the middle ground between branching off and staying true to its roots. Brian Johnson's display of serious pipes lay the groundwork for the energetic backdrop, with traditional AC/DC riffs and drum patterns reminding listeners why a number of tracks on this record are classics-worthy. Dynamic execution of a blazing guitar solo in 'Let Me Put My Love Into You' and a well-arranged title track are only enhanced by crisp production especially for a rock album - an immensely fulfilling listen.

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5

A very good album 9/10

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5

This is perhaps one of my favourite albums of all time. Cannot really fault it!

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5

Great, pounding Rock n Roll.

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5

Un classique du rock and roll. Tres bon qlbum, ma prefere de acdc, rock and roll aint noise pollution 5

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5

Great early childhood memories

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5

Fantastisk

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5

I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Although I'm not really a fan of hard rock / heavy metal, AC/DC is one of the few bands I do like to listen to from time to time. It has classics (like Back In Black and You Shook Me All Night Long) and some more underrated tracks too that were really good.

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5

From the ashes rises the phoenix. When you lose a frontman like Bon Scott that had such a distinct sound and presence, it seems impossible that ANY band would be able to carry on. ACDC is the obvious exception. The iconic bells opening the album are iconic, symbolizing both a funeral and and inauguration of amazing frontmen. The lyrics of many of these songs are the best ever written by the band, embracing the transition. Every track is HIT after HIT after HIT. Album that has been acclaimed by both critics and the masses. 5 star review.

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5

Classic.

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5

Though I'm more of a fan of Scott, this album is a masterpiece.

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5

Massive album in the 80s - still great of course - one of these albums where practically every track could be a single.

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5

Ya gotta give a 5. ACDC is easy to tease now, but Bon Scott era ruled, and being able to come back after his death swinging with your best album of all time is legendary.

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5

I had just recently finished giving my required “Tribute Speech” in sophomore speech class when I learned a new AC-DC album was being released. Most of my classmate’s subject matters had been either pontifications about dead grandparents, fallen leaders or pets - and a couple on Jesus Christ - my accolades were focused on Bon Scott. (Got an A - the instructor must have sensed my sincerity). The thought of a new AC-DC album exited and terrified me, because at that point in my life there was nothing as musically relevant as that band. This could be good, but deep down I thought it was more likely to end in disappointment - a stain on the legacy of my touchstone band. I was early to the Northland Mall that day to be first in line at Musicland to buy the LP. Mildly surprised that I was the only one there. Wow. It’s all black. This seems badass, but also out of character. Where are the horns? the fire? the lightening? It didn’t matter. Raced home to drop the needle on my older brother’s stereo. 40+ minutes later I was thunderstruck as this was probably the best AC-DC album ever. Best album ever. Angus, the boys and the new guy had the songs and the chemistry. I probably played the album eight or ten times through without listening to anything else over the next couple of days, and then back to Musicland to get the 8-track version for the car. Every song is a winner. Pinnacle of AC- DCs sex, drink, power, rock-n-roll formula. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ More please.

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5

Oh man. I remember running to my turntable on rockin the rest of the day. The 1st note grabbed me and never let go.

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5

Hard to rate this less than strong 5, maybe because I’m australian

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5

Probably the best album to define rock at its pure form. I do not get any pleasure listening to it anymore, but I'm still going to give it the 5 stars it deserves.

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5

Yeah, this album still rocks. Bite me. Maybe, it's the roughly ten years since I've not heard these songs incessantly, unlike the previous 30 where you couldn't avoid them. Tremendous lead and rhythm guitar sound and riffs by the Young Brothers. No messing around with what these songs are about with titles like "Givin the Dog a Bone" and "Let Me Put My Love into You." Thanks O'Malley"s Pub in Champaign, Illinois, for etching each word of "You Shook Me All Night Long" into my head, along with " American Pie." I can't argue best AC/DC albums since " Highway to Hell" is the only other one I've heard more than once.

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5

An absolute cracker. Turn up to 11.

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5

Can't name a bad thing about the album

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5

No one can accuse AC/DC of being too experimental. You just know them when you hear them. This is the album's biggest weakness. Every track is bristling with energy from the first second to the last, and every indivudual track is excellent. The title track and "You Shook Me All Night Long" are the obvious standouts. Iconic. 4.5/5

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5

Definitive rock record

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5

Pretty much a perfect hard rock album. I've been loving it since my older cousin gave me a copy on cassette in the early 80s.

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5

This album fucking rules. No misses. Shake A Leg sounds like Zeppelin.

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5

Oh Boy!

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5

Classic

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5

It might be overplayed these days but no denying there’s hit after hit here

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5

It’s so cool to be back

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5

Among the hits, rock and roll aint noise pollution is the ode to rock the world needed in 1980. AC/DC, showing you can have beauty in the simple and then party like motley crue

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5

4.5/5 great album

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5

Classic

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5

Possibly the greatest hard rock album of all time. Lean, punchy, dumb, sexist and aggressive, but also funny and catchy. The production is stripped of ornamentation to an almost punk-like degree, the band is moving away from blues rock and into a harder, leaner thing. It's a dumb formula, but, my god, what a formula.

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5

Great, one of the best rock albums ever made.

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5

The production alone should be an essential reason for listening to Back In Black. The guitar sound from both Angus and Malcolm is so crisp throughout. Cliff and Phil as AC/DCs bass and drum rhythm section were perfectly adequate support for the album, and despite being the new guy replacing their deceased singer, Brian owned the place. That aside, the songs are mainly top quality. Hells Bells is the perfect introduction, Back in Black is a rock classic, You Shook Me All Night Long is just good fun, and Shoot To Thrill has that good mix of firing on all cylinders and being laid back too. On a bad day I can see one or two songs being skippable, but in the right mood and its something else.

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5

A Perfect Rock Album. 5/5 Classics: Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long, Hells Bells Greats: Shake a Leg, Shoot to Thrill, Given the Dog a Bone, What Do YOu Do For Money Honey, Have a Drink on Me. Far Above Average: Let Me Put My Love Into You, Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution. Favorite Line: "Let me cut your cake with my knife" - Let Me Put My Love Into You.

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5

Absolute classic!.

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5

Gotta give it a 5. Just the epitome of Rock&Roll

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5

Let me put my 5/5 into you babe

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4

4.5

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4

Classic metal album, timeless bangers!

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4

Classic, in some ways the definition of rock and roll. Love it.

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4

Lotta classic, not much to dislike

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4

Finally, the unification of Satan and sophomoric innuendo that the people were clamoring for! A solid album all the way through, despite the fact that I find the lyrics to "Give the Dog a Bone" personally distasteful. I can also picture Richard Ramirez really feeling the lyrics to "Let Me Put My Love Into You." Apart from those issues, the album is insanely high energy with some really high points. So many rock n' roll classics in one album 4/5

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4

Some of these songs were much longer than I expected, and very similar to each other. Still a classic.

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4

Cool album. High energy over the top rock and roll. All the songs sound pretty much the same. Lyrics are a little mediocre but the album rocks.

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4

4.5

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4

This is right on the cusp of 5. The reason I went 4 is because this much AC/DC is a lot in a row

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4

Solid classic rock album; everyone knows the hits. Vocal style isn’t my favorite but I can’t dislike the rock.

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4

Pure rock

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4

It's my first time listening to this album in it's entirety, it's a lot more soothing than I thought it would be.

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4

Little repetitive but got some real classic.

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4

Amazing

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4

Every song follows the same formula. Luckily the formula is rad.

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4

I forgot how much the first twenty seconds of Back in Black absolutely slap.

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4

Album kicked ass, kept the energy high. Every song sounded like a hit to me.

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4

Fuck YES!

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4

Nostalgia... fun to listen to now and then.

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4

Sounds better than i remember it.

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4

A classic. Hells Bells, Shoot to Thrill, Back in Black, You Shook me all night long, lots of hits.

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4

Enjoyed this, turns out I like 80s metal more than I thought. Would love to see them live.

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4

A true classic, need say no more! \m/

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4

J'adore ça, plusieurs gros hit sur l'albume. La voix du chanteur est très particulière, c'est cool pour les hits, tu reconnait tout de suite que c'est du AC DC. Par contre, quand vient le temps d'écouter les tounes moins connues de l'album, je trouvais sa voix un peu trop accaparante. Je vais continuer d'écouter leur succès plutôt que l'album complet je crois.

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4

OOOOOOOOFFF a classic, voice gets a little annoying by the end though. rock out of 5

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4

Probably the AC/DC album with more hits?

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4

cette voix m'a toujours fait pensé au son d'une envie de défécation mais les hits sont les hits et rallies tout le monde et moi aussi

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4

I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a whole AC/DC album before so this was fun. This album, well, rocks! Stand out tracks: Shoot to Thrill, Let Me Put My Love in You and, of course, Back in Black and Hells Bells! HB might be one of the best rock album openers ever.

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4

Bunch of popular songs on here. They're good and I like their catalog but just in general it's just constant screaming and the songs often sound the same. 8/10.

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4

I'm willing to overlook Brian Johnson's vocals due to the Young brother's ability to put on a blues-based hard rock clinic. Have a Drink on Me is my favorite AC/DC song, and there's several other classics here as well. Brian's voice does grate though after a while; he's best enjoyed in small doses.

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4

Hardrock zonder doekjes om. Plezant om lekker luid op te zetten, maar na een tijdje lijkt elk nummer wel wat op elkaar

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4

Very solid album with a lot of hits. I didn't find any songs that I liked more than the ones I had already saved, but I enjoyed all of them. Already Saved: Shoot to Thrill, Back In Black, You Shook Me All Night Long Saved After Listening: Hells Bells

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4

oh yeah now we're talking!!!! this is a REAL mans music right here let me tell you !! oh yeah oh yeah!!!!!

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4

Some classic songs and a brilliant album but some repetiveness stops me from throwing out the full five

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4

Brilliant album. Not given it 5 star because there are better albums on the list that I've already rated 5 star.

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4

Full of cringe-inducing, problematic lyrics. But if you ignore that, 4-stars.

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4

Está banda es una de esas consideradas clásicas porque su música no envejece, o envejece bien. Pero es raro, no es que no me haya gustado, pero en esta escucha sí me quedaron ya un tanto desfasados.

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4

I did not expect to like this album as much as I did listening to it again. Really just kind of the next step after Led Zeppelin. A bit more obviously horny but just killer guitar tone and driving drums and bass.

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по хорошему надо бы конечно въебать этой группе одной песни тройбан и отпустить с миром, но че-то вчера по дороге домой включил и такое настроение балдёжное стало внезапно. Всё-таки есть у ацдц (по крайней мере в этом альбоме) свой шарм и своя безудержная энергия, хейтить которую не получается. Ну как можно злиться на человека, который с таким восторгом орёт про адские колокола. Да и вокал, на самом деле, весьма уникален, пусть и партии не самые разнообразные от песни к песне. Поэтому бог с ним, семёра заслуженная, без подобных альбомов было бы куда скучнее жить

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4

Solid album. Too many misogynistic lyrics for my liking but I loved the simple rock n roll.

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4

AKA: Captain Crunch's Oops! All Berries Apollo didnt want to listen. So I am. "Let Me Put My Love Into You" is my fave so far. "You Shook Me All Night Long" is still the most romantic song of all time. Overall much more solid than I remember.

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4

Good quality rock 🤘

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4

AC/DC's iconic roaring sound is exactly the throwback I needed. I stg Brian Johnson's vocals defined an era of movie soundtracks. I honestly don't have a seasoned enough ear to be able to meaningfully discern the characteristics of each track, so they all just felt like additional servings of the same thing (which is a good thing). That being said, I did have a couple stick out a lil ⬇️ // Favs: Back In Black (duh) / You Shook Me All Night Long Score: Decent 4

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4

First album with Brian Johnson replacing Bon Scott. Iconic songs and album to be honest. The vocals, I am well suited to so I don't mind. Very honestly an album you DO need to listen to before you die. A vibe and I played air guitar to this while sick. lovely album. Strong 4 to 5 man. 4+/5

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4

Classic

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4

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3.5

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Dikke jams wel. 2 keer geluisterd en een paar staken er bovenuit. Meeste leken heel erg op elkaar waardoor de overlap van liedjes niet duidelijk was behalve Back in Black zelf die op het einde kwam. Wel een heel sterk album

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4

I've never listened to the whole album before.

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4

Very good, the first part of this album is awsome Has a lot of classic songs, a really good record from an hip hop fan 7.5-8 out of 10.

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4

Yeah, a classic rock album. Great riffs and songs, amazing musicians, lyrics that have not aged well.

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4

Not quite a 5 for me. Some amazing rock songs and even the lesser tracks have a great energy

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4

Depuis que j'ai écouté cet album, je suis devenu tout bonnement insupportable dans l'open space, hurlant à l'oreille de mon collaborateur de me transmettre le dernier fichier en vogue, braillant en plein milieu d'une réunion que le café est de toute façon dégueulasse, criant à qui veut bien l'entendre que oui, le studio d'AC/DC est localisé rue du café des délices.

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4

Can't deny this has bangers

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4

Must have one of the best opening songs to an album. Great album.

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4

Feels like a 4, even the title track alone means it deserves a 4, but some other good tunes too. Hells Bells and Shook Me All Night Long. 4/5

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4

legendary

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Ghost should cover "Hells Bells" how awesome would that be... Shoot To Thrill is also a perfect cheesedick rock song. Cheesedick rock was a genre that was so well represented for so long that it's weird that it's mostly extinct nowadays. Anyway, this is a great album that is always fun to listen to. I can't think of a better encapsulation of the merits of cheesedick rock.

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4

Powerful driving rhythms, Johnson voice unique. Not usually my genre, but I have a soft spot for this album. Saw them alongside the Who, Stranglers, Nils Lofgren at old Wembley Stadium in 1980

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4

This rock rocks

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4

Loved the tunes…. Classic Rock

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4

pretty good the title track is a classic and the whole album is pretty entertaining 8/10

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4

AccaDacca! If you're looking for the quintessential Australian Rock album, this has got to be one of the top ones for sure. It has classic tracks, hard-nosed guitar riffs and solos that will get your head bopping and ears bleeding! Best: Hell's Bells; Back in Black Worst: Shake A Leg

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4

Top tier AC/DC. As always both the lyrics and delivery are a little, well, Meathead. But as far as that kind of thing goes, no one really did it better.

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Rock n roll as hell

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4

A rock 'n roll classic packed full of hits. Hits that have been overplayed on the radio, in movies, in stadiums, in bars...

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Primo album. Sul serio? AC/DC? Ne restano ancora mille... Vabbè dai metto un pezzo a caso. Parto dall'ultima traccia, Rock N Roll ain't noise pollution, na figata di pezzo, rock semplice, non raffinato, ma incisivo, senza patina, e la voce convince di più, un pezzo meno alla Bossi, meno a "cazzo duro".

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innegabilmente un pezzone dietro l'altro, anche se non è il mio genere.

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4

Classic, What I think when I hear "Classic Rock"

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8/10

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4

Energetic wow!

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Jeg hørte ikke den første sang, kunne ikke rigtig tage det der navn. Men ellers var der god power i sangende, men de havde nærmest alle den samme basisrytme.. ;)

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This is the type of album for those who are here for a good time, not a long time. AC/DC's first release of the Brian Johnson-era could not have been more appropriate and honoring to the legacy of Bon Scott. Their similarities in vocal style makes them nearly indistinguishable at times, but we do hear the differences at first, but what AC/DC managed to do here is to maintain familiarity of their vocal style with Brian Johnson. You know the singers are different, but the sound is familiar and their energy is preserved. As history would suggest, AC/DC was able to continually raise their profile and become one of the most celebrated rock bands in music history. Title track "Back in Black" is a fine example where Bon and Brian are virtually indistinguishable during the chorus, but we can hear less of Bon's raspiness during the verses. This would be the theme as we pay attention to such detail, but AC/DC was never Bon Scott and it has never been Brian Johnson, it has always been about their sound, and the men behind it. We salute those men who have done more than their fair share of rock.

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4

Loads of energy, loads of charisma, some questionable lyrics, but an overall a solid album with some iconic hits

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Great

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classic

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4

Hard to rate this one, in terms of enjoyment it's a 3. Not my style of rock, but objectively it's a 4 or 5, so I'll split the difference at 4. An album full of bangers and likely the template for a lot of heavy metal/rock albums to date. Lots of the songs are so ingrained in my American psyche I can't separate them from various movies, bars, and various people I've ran into.

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4

Kinda got a little tired of this style, but still a good classic

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4

A rock classic. Sleazy sexual innuendo, driving drums and MONSTROUS RIFFS. One of rock's greatest albums.

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AC/DC are like Motorhead, in that they keep making the same album over and over again. Normally I have a strong preference for Motorhead and AC/DC leaves me cold, but this play through actually really worked for me. Maybe it's getting more exposure to it? Fave track - "Back in Black", for sure. "You Shook Me All Night Long" also has some fondness, as it's a good karaoke tune...

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4

Well known hits. Rocks. Not deep or meaningful.

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4

Great album. Probably my favorite by AC/DC. Not much more to say about it.

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4

Relentless is a good word for this album. While slightly repetitive, it's filled with head thrashing bangers that anyone could get behind.

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4

some real bangers on here

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4

A monster of a rock album.

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I was REALLY into this album and band as a teenager. I think I wore myself out on AC/DC, as I have not really listened to them or this album much in the last decade or so. That said, this has reminded me that this album rocks from start to finish -- there isn't a single skip for me. I'm really excited to be listening to it again.

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i wasn't sure if i had listened to this album in full before. most i already knew, because they are huge hits, but some i hadn't. rock & roll ain't noise pollution is a great choice to end the album. there's so much strong guitar work here, some really memorable lyrics and melodies. no surprise it's on this list!

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4

A bit overrated but still good, 3.75

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4

This one rocks hard and the production is excellent. I love 80’s albums that lack synths.

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4

It really rocks! (Did not know this album in total, a pleasant surprise!)

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4

Start to finish fun - it’s a party album albeit tinged with mild schoolboy misogyny. but that riff from the title track oooof what a punch in your beer gut - never fails to make you want to rock out. It’s compact and kicking. Like the AC/DC rhythm section

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4

Not my favorite from the band. Good classic rock album with catchy singles. It's deserve to be in top 1001 for sure!

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4

This was actually very good. It is exactly what I was expecting and it was exactly what I wanted. There really is not a bad song on here.

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4

Iconic album cover. The title track is, as the kids say, an all time banger. The whole thing is wall to wall sex-drenched rock and roll. A stunningly strong album, not even considering the circumstances. Not all the songs have aged that well -- I'm looking at you, Let Me Put My Love Into You and Money Honey and ... well, most of them, really -- but that's easy to overlook given how hard the entire album rocks. The pinnacle of its genre.

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4

Back in Black is the soundtrack to my junior high. I loved this then and still do now.

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4

Just a fun and incredibly horny rock record.

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I wish I wrote these songs. These guys had a sound and performance style all their own. This album is rock and roll. This album is a party, every track a rager. After reading about the death of the original lead singer, this is even more of an accomplishment! If not for the misogynistic trappings of 80s rock lyrics, this would be a five-star right here!

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4

Back in black goated song

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I'm not saying that I'm definitely going to fuck a horny MILF in my area to the backdrop of AC/DC, but I am currently filling in my details on a website. FUCK ME JANICE, 43, 9 MILES AWAY! FUCK ME TO HELLS BELLS!

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4

all of these track titles are about SHACK. enjoyed this way more than I was expecting to. some absolute bangers on it from a genre that i generally don't get on with and the donging from the bells is a great start to an album. I'm a sucker for a nice fat bell.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Back in black

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Damn, I thought I was kinda sick of cock rock by this point, but I guess the classics are (sometimes) classics for a reason. 10 tracks, all of them good, some of them brilliant, and none outstay their welcome.

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4

3.5

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3.5

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Hello Bells is a great song my favourite from this band of which I'm not really a fan. But this a strong hard rock album. Some of the tunes are pretty banal; Give the Dog a Bone, Let Me Put My Love Into You...I mean really? Reminds me of Spinal Tap's Lick my Love Pump. But still a very strong album. 4 🌟

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Pretty good, but sounds fairly repetitive after a while. Hits hard though. Closer to a 3.5

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12/23 Mid for me, it's cool. Standout Tracks: Hells Bells, Have a Drink on Me, Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution

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3

i mean its acdc and all but i wouldnt call it special but maybe its because ive heard it alot already

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Not really my style, but a classic anyway.

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Lee: Take it or leave it for me. Not sure I like Brian Johnson's voice. There are some good tracks but not good enough to want me to listen again. Back In Black is probably the best (and most famous) from this album. Rating: 2.8/5

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Good, fun listen. Although I have heard many of these songs to death it was still fresh listening. Not the most complex lyrically, but the guitar riffs and solos were incredible and straight-up cool. Favorite song is either Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution or Let Me Put My Love in You. I wouldn't say any song is bad, but You Shoot Me All Night Long and Back in Black were definitely somewhat annoying after listening to them for so long. TLDR fun, easy listening classic rock album, will revisit when in the mood, 6/8.

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Classic album. which made it kind of boring

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Good, classic.

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Pretty straight-forward rock, but some nice anthems.

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See Van Halen's 1984. Some great rock songs, but they feel shallow. Fine for on the radio, but I'd never sit down just to listen to this album and "appreciate" it.

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Not really a fan of AC/DC all their songs seems too similar and not a fan of the singer. Guitar and music is pretty good and has a good energy to it but stick to much the same style in every song so they kind of meld into one. Enjoyable enough listen but forgettable to me.

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Some classics, pretty great

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I like it about as much as expected. I've heard them so many times as a kid that it almost feel jokey at this point. Still, I was struck by how bizarre it must've been when this first came out as manic as it is.

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It was pretty good. I don't care for the screaming frontman, but I like the high-energy guitar.

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Catchy songs all throughout ACDC classics on here One dimensional / safe Pioneered classic rock sound?

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i enjoyed it but it’s not really my style of music but i still liked it i just don’t think i would listen again

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Le tengo envidia a la gente que detecta todas las sutilezas entre las bandas más conocidas de hard rock y metal, así como lástima a aquellas personas que piensan que solamente estos géneros son "música de verdad". A diferencia de Deep Purple o Iron Maiden que ha salido, no pude extraer de aquí alguna canción favorita y (re)confirmo que estos géneros no son para mí. 6/10.

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Hmnja, schon, aber halt auch nicht so wirklich

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nah

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Jonathans of the world unite

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Creo que nunca me he dado oportunidad de escuchar un disco de AC/DC porque sinceramente varios weyes que ubico como fans de esta banda como que me cagan. jajaja, y pues al final no sé si fue mi prejuicio con el sonido del vocalista o mi prejuicio general, pero no me gustó. Me aturde esa voz, las guitarras están bien y todo, riffs famosos que supongo tuvieron mucha influencia en el rock y hasta metal, pero pues no lo volvería a escuchar. Me gustó la canción con la que abre con un toque dramatícon y Have drink on me porque tiene un final pesadito. Mención especial a Let me put my love into you que está muy cagada. Mood: Gente que en mi imaginario hollywoodiano era lo que escuchaba la gente en motos.

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A few good songs, but I though there was a lot of "filler" on this album.

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It ain’t Bon

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Goed, maar niet geweldig

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Liked this more than I was expecting to tbh, shoot to thrill was my favorite of the songs I didn't know off the top of my head. dont know how much ill come back to listen but glad I did, strong 3

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Solid with some outstanding songs but very formulaic so becomes pretty repetitive.

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ас дс из 10

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very overplayed in general...solid and well known

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A little underwhelming. I had been a fan of the title track for the longest time, but the rest of the album doesn't quite have that level of quality. It's a nice album, though.

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i really only like the singles. my unpopular opinion is i liked the singer from the first album

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Questa musica non è il mio genere e quindi praticamente non conoscevo il disco ma mi sono divertito probabilmente anche perchè mi fa pensare a Jack Black. Non capisco perchè gli ascoltatori del rock si prendono così sul serio, questa musica è una baracconata gigantesca ed è anche il suo unico fascino.

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Hells bells: Tralasciando che m'ero scordato com'è la voce degli AC/DC e me chiedo come cazzo gli è venuto in mente a Brian Johnson de cantà in questo falsetto da medie, devo esse onesto: m'è piaciuto... Ma so io o sto pezzo c'ha le chitarre scordate? Shoot to Thrill: Questo è il classico pezzo AC/DC e temo che il 3/4 del disco saranno praticamente sto pezzo perché Angus Young sa solo sto giro de accordi. What Do You Do For Money: Vedi sopra, però l'assolo era carino. Let Me Put My Love Into You: Delicatissimo! Back In Black: Vabbè c'ha comunque il suo fascino anche se trash. Una cosa che non avevo mai notato è il fatto che a un certo punto il batterista fa cassa e rullante insieme, come minimo inusuale! (e suona prevedibilmente male) In Conclusione: Devo esse onesto, ero super prevenuto e pronto a dare 1, però m'ha divertito. E' vero che è degli anni '80 però tutto sommato anche se la formula è sempre la stessa funziona molto mejo di altri. Gli assoli so molto musicali e non troppo prolissi, so comunque forse la parte più interessante da sentire nella maggior parte dei pezzi. So tutti molto orecchiabili e leggeri e con sta vena un po' trash. Un'altra cosa che m'ha colpito è che me piace davvero molto la produzione, forse giusto la batteria non me convince ma considerando che erano gli anni ottanta direi che troppo bene è andata. Secondo me la voce rimane decisamente la cosa peggiore degli AC/DC. Comunque divertente, cioè magari c'è una giornata in cui te lo risentiresti, una in cui te senti un po' rock cazzone Jack Black style.

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The songs I already knew on this album are still pretty great. Hells Bells always gets me hyped up with that intro, and You Shook Me is an instant classic. However, between those hits, nothing especially stood out to me. I think the sound was quite repetitive.

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It was aite.

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His voice is like a screeching guitar. Not really what I want to listen to most of the time. I can see what people like about this, but it’s not for me

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Actually not bad for a band I used to absolutely hate

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If you've listened to classic rock radio for even a little bit you've probably heard about half of this album. The other half you don't need to hear. That said, the classics are classics for a reason.

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Che gli AC/DC abbiano un sound unico e riconoscibile, è vero, ma in parte perché usano sempre la stessa formula. Infatti a un certo punto si accollano. Ciò nonostante, sono molto legato a questo album per diversi motivi e a distanza di 20 anni dal primo ascolto (su vinile), ricordo ancora il fomento nel sentire la campana di Hells Bells che va in levare quando attacca la chitarra (tanto che ascoltavo in loop solo l'intro). All'epoca, per me queste erano chicche. Ma a dirla tutta, oggi ho dovuto skippare diverse tracce perché non ce la facevo più (anche perché già lo conoscevo). P.S. I testi sono stupendi! Di getto darei un 2, ma aggiungo un +1 per il potere evocativo dell'intro di Hells Bells.

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Immer das gleiche bei AC/DC. Was bei AC/DC nicht besonders schlimm ist.

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A band so well heard in the last 40 years that it’s become background noise for straight white men round the world

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Not my taste but pretty classic.

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Meh, too straightforward and banging to be intriguing, lame-ass music for people who don't care about music. Pros: legendary riffs and catchy (stupid) lyrics. Didn't listen to the full tho'

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Not the rock out I wanted. The rock out I needed.....

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18.9.2021 17:07 3.5

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3/5

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The music was there to party, definitely added some of the songs to one of my workout playlists.

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Of course the first one is ACDC... An album almost completely full of bangers, it's just a shame they're being performed by ACDC.

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It’s still extremely funny to be a die-hard AC/DC fan.

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not bad

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7/10

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I think I like AC/DC but I can't stop thinking about this tweet: "listening to AC/DC and laughing cause all the songs are like “YEEEEEOW I’m the man who roooocks.” this shit sucks ahahha"

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Boomer metal? I hardly know her metal!

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Not a fan of the lyrics or the vocals, but I did really enjoy the instrumentals of the album. I can see why this is popular

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All together now... DUN! DA-DA-DUN! DA-DA-DUN! Nanana-NOWWW-na-na DUN! It's rock's native language: an instantly recognisable riff, destined to be mimicked by guitarists of all levels everywhere. For better and worse, "Back in Black" paints an instant picture of where rock was at in 1980: filling arenas, bred on excess, bridging into metal, dripping with sex and posturing. In amongst the dozen or so rehashings of the same riffs that have defined AC/DC's career, there are some stunning musical moments and instant classics. The slow build that kicks the album off is genuinely powerful, gradually shifting from a single tolling bell into the ominous riff and steady beat leading "Hells Bells." On the more immediate end of the scale, "Shoot to Thrill" is an adrenaline thrill ride, boasting an addictive chorus and an excellent coda. The same goes for the stand-out "You Shook Me All Night Long", with a ready-made floor filler chorus sounding like a throwback to early 70s glam-rock. I was fascinated (but not all that surprised) to read that the band initially approached Slade's Noddy Holder in the wake of Bon Scott's death- a bizarre alternate reality, but one where he would have certainly risen to the occasion for this track. Brian Johnson fits straight into the band like a glove, perfectly selling their with a voice that manages to be gruff, strangled, screamy... and still find a way to the "melodies" in the songs. But his vocals and the constant bludgeoning of heavy riffs from a Rockschool guitar grade book won't be to everyone's taste, and they aren't completely to mine. Singles aside, many of these songs are distinctly mediocre, deploying the same chugging, mid-tempo, three chord rhythms and tired sexual metaphors. "Givin' the Dog a Bone", "Let Me Put My Love Into You", "Have a Drink on Me"... they're the most tedious kinds of rockstar hedonism. It's plain to see the kind of material Spinal Tap would later lampoon, and even they had a little more nuance than this. Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young often stated that AC/DC's lyrics are not meant for scrutiny: they were never thought about too much, because they were destined to play second fiddle to the power of the music. This statement is fine in itself and could excuse some of the record's more banal songwriting, but the implication of the music being of great thought and complexity goes against the spirit of this whole record. "Back in Black" is chock-full of three-chord songs, sledgehammer riffs and a pocketful of power-chords. It's as if they learnt a few chords and ran with it, and it's precisely this simplicity that helps it to stick. AC/DC have never strayed from this formula, and of course, Angus Young's lead guitar is accomplished and impressive, their showmanship undeniable. It all comes down to opinion on what makes great songwriting: is AC/DC's unadorned approach lazy or liberating? Doing a lot with a little or just being a lot of a little? For the title track and many of the other songs here, its their simplicity that makes them work so well. They jam themselves into the most prudish of minds, refusing to let go. It's bread and butter hard rock and one generations of rockers will keep going back to. I can appreciate that, even if not all of it is to my taste. As great as a handful of these songs are, personal preference puts this just below a 4* listen: the gulf between the singles and album tracks is not surpassable. Nevertheless, it's made me want to pick up a guitar, crank up the distortion and- just like that- become a rockstar.

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My first album so still

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AC/DC are like C average students in the school of rock to me. They understand the assignment well enough to pass but that's about it. I mean, yeah, it's rock and roll and all, their formula works, but I just can't take it seriously. I guess that's not the point, right? Should I just lighten up? The last song on the album says it all: "Rock and Roll is just Rock and Roll" Saying your favorite band was AC/DC to me would be like saying your favorite restaurant was McDonald's. They both make a very reliable product but I absolutely guarantee you can find something 10 times better and more interesting elsewhere.

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Small doses. They're fun, but... small doses.

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A bit one-note, but the one thing this album does it does well. I did before and still will love the intro to Hell's Bells. That's probably my favorite song on here. My other favorite is probably Shoot to Thrill. I also enjoyed Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, and You Shook Me All Night Long and Back in Black are good when they aren't overplayed.

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7/10

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I didn't finish it. But I've heard it all before.

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ac/dc... MEH

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the kind of rock music that I love the least. Around the same time, the best rock music ever was created by the talking heads, joy division, the cure and so many great rock bands, that I don't understand why this boring band got any attention.

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It's one of those albums where I've heard every song so much I just don't care to listen again. And Johnson's voice can be really grating after a while.

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I heard hair metal in this outing, and, unlikely as that is to make me friends, it made me like Back in Black. The tunes are straightforward, but there are the bells in the opener, a few novel arrangements, and some skilled guitar work. I'd happily listen to the hits again, as well as the deeper cuts.

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Some bangers, but a bit cheese

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Alright with the music but does not like the voice...

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Amazing😻 But my ears are young for this masterpiece 😞

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My wife hates his voice. I’m not a fan either.

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As noted in my review of Highway to Hell, I'm not an AC/DC fan, but they aren't as terrible as their contemporaries despite being one of the forebearers of hair metal. For the longest time, I was dismissive of Brian Johnson, and while I'm not overall a fan of his voice, I think this is a better album than Highway to Hell. It plays like a greatest hits album, and while I don't like all of these songs, Hells Bells is one of the better AC/DC songs, so it gets some credit for that. This album is gross and dumb, but I don't hate it. I would never put it on of my own volition, and I don't think it should be on this list, but I don't hate it.

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Every now and again I like to rock out on a couple of catchy AC/DC songs, but an entire album? No, thanks.

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I'm a bell, ding! Shorter than I thought.

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One of my favorite quotes is Angus Young saying “ I'm sick to death of people saying we've made 11 albums that sounds exactly the same, Infact, we've made 12 albums that sound exactly the same.” And hey, if your dumb horny rock n’ roll music ain’t broke, I certainly agree you shouldn’t fix it.

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Back in black banger, Rest of it is not too bad, Wow it sold a lot. 6/10

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It is a huge rock classic, but not a timeless one. This album has had its day of glory, but I think it's time to let it go into the "has been" folder and move on. I give it 3 stars because I must admit that there are insane radio hits in that record.

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Side Two better then Side One. Back in Black, You Shook Me All Night Long and Rock n Roll Ain't Noise Pollution are the best tracks

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It's AC/DC so you know it's gonna be good. That said, aside from the two bangers everyone knows--Back in Black and You Shook Me All Night Long--there's nothing else that stands out to me as particularly strong. AC/DC is definitely a singles band, not an album band in my mind. Three stars for the album as a whole, even though it has a couple of S-tier tracks. If the whole album was as good as Back in Black (my fave track) I'd give it five stars for sure. But it's not, I'm afraid.

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Possible the most bearable of the heavy metal ear assault, a deserving 3 because Back In Black is a banger even if you hate the genre

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Brings back college memories.

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Does exactly what it says on the box

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Amy Winehouse sounds a bit different

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Never been a huge AC/DC fan aside from a few big tunes. Same applies here, some great anthems but padded out with fairly generic rock.

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ST. PAULI! ST. PAULI! ST. PAULI! ST. PAULI! Sorry I drifted off again there. Aside from the St. Pauli connection I have no strong feelings about AC/DC either way. If they just played the intro to Hell's Bells on loop for 40 minutes it would be a 5. As it is, it's a 3.

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A right squelchy minge

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Its an important album, in that it shows the transition of replacement after the death of a band member, in this case the singer Bon Scott. I had to re-listen to Highway to Hell to see how different the vocals are, interestingly they aren't that different. Black in Black and Hell's Bells are great tracks, classic hard rock. Love the energy and riffs, but some lyrics haven't dated that well.

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I think I've figured out how to be myself after listening to this album.

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Alright?

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Musically, as basic as in the Bon Scott era, which is fine on the good stuff - simple, catchy and entertaining. Lyrically, still as juvenile as ever!

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I can see why people would really like this. It wasn't 100% for me but it was more fun than I expected.

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Rock and roll never forgets. It’s aight.

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Escuchado en otras ocasiones. En otro tiempo me gustaba mas

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It's alright. It's a strong AC/DC album, to be sure....but all of the songs have always sounded the same

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Hressileg plata. Ekkert uppáhald en það er margt alveg ágætt á henni.

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...second best-selling album in music history? I think I've been surprised by that before. Kinda simplistic but fun and I've heard these all a million times but man, those drum beats are boring AF.

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Another solid rock album.

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Very samey all the way through... they ain’t trying to be anything else. Boring!

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I’ll give them this: I like the opening of “Hell’s Bells,” and “You Shook Me All Night Long” is an all-time banger.

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After a long day this was the last thing I needed.

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This is the only time I've listened to this entire album and that's for good reason. Highly repetitive, and even for its time was subpar rock from a technical sense. Not heavy despite what their fans think. The last song is the best. Should be used only in movie soundtracks and loudspeakers at outdoor boomer events.

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Nice, but the songs are too similar to one another. Not my kind of thing.

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Saved Prior: Back In Black Saved Off Rip: None Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Was hoping it was gonna be better than past listening experiences but I really just don't vibe with this kind of music. Back In Black the song is crazy good tho and none of these songs are bad. If I was on a roadtrip through Montana I wouldn't skip any of them.

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boring metal - same droning sound and singing is annoying guitar solos wreck but not enough solos

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Its decent, the drumming and the vocals personally get tedious for me. This rating system could really use some decimals lmfao

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all the songs sound the same

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It really is impressive when a band with such a large discography manages to release the exact same sound over and over. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have King Gizzard.

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Cheesey

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I mean yeah some bangers on there, but cannot say I enjoyed it. I used to love ACDC as a teen.. I guess I've changed. Objectively good songs, but not my tastes any more.

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Big dumb fun from grown adults who dress as schoolboys and almost exclusively want to rock. That is their mission statement, and it’s mission accomplished. I’m deducting a star (possibly two - if it had caught me in the right mood) for the troublingly predatory lyrics to Let Me Put My Love Into You.

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I was well in to this about 15 years ago and it popped in to my head a good few times when I was putting together my 101. All I can say is I'm glad it didn't make the cut. I do not enjoy it as much anymore. Oh yeah they are having a lot of fun and more power to them for writing the guitar riff to back in black. An absolute masterpiece that. But the rest of it is pretty drossy.

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mmmmmmmhmmmmmm eh, sort of passes by and i wanted it to. some good songs that i enjoyed but not my thing personally

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Oh man, can't stand ACDC. Liking some of the non-radio songs - giving the dog a bone? wtf...decent walk to it though

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Album wie ein 10er Pack Dosenbier: ist eigentlich alles dieselbe Plörre, aber säuft man sich rein, kann’s sogar Spaß machen und im Verlauf merkt man auch einen leichten Unterschied zwischen Dritter und neunter Kanne. *Rülps 1.9

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Repetitive with silly and unimaginative lyrics.

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Better album than highway to hell but still, man this is just not for me.

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It boggles my mind how insanely popular this album is. It just goes to show you how simple-minded a large portion of the population is. Here's the AC/DC formula: Find a common phrase. Either use it as is (e.g. Back in Black) or even better if we can make a slight alteration to turn it into something with sexual connotations (e.g. Shoot to Thrill) or best yet find one that can be a double entendre (e.g. Givin the Dog a Bone). Then write some simplistic lyrics to go with the phrase - a couple of verses and a chorus is all you need. Then find some basic power chord riff that is catchy (this is the part that requires some talent and the only reason I'm giving this more than one star). Now shriek the lyrics on top of the power chords, and there you go! Eat it up and give us your money, simpletons! 2 stars.

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I dont think I ever listened to Back in Black from start to finish.

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Despite all my efforts to avoid this LP over the years, many of the songs have ended up etched into my brain against my will. This is music for the masses to be played at football games generation(s) later. You just need to read the song titles to get a sense of how unoriginal the music is going to be.

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This is the second best selling album of all time. I wonder how many of the top 10 best selling albums I actually like? I don't like this one.

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Klinkt lekker, maar veel van hetzelfde. What do you do for money honey is leuk.

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Nakon godina nagovaranja od frendova i mog bacanja hejta evo poslušao sam od početka do kraja ac ⚡️ dc i nije kec uopće. Stvarno sve kužim, dobri su i jasno mi je zašto u shopping centru njihove majice i zašto ih vole boomeri i neki naših godina i mlađi, al nikako za mene i to je to. Da se vokal izbaci ne bih imao problema s njima.

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Baš sam htio reći da će me se uskoro počet zvati Luk4 jer samo četvorke lupam, ali je došao AC/DC, pa će to sve sredit. Koliko instrumental nije toliko loš, ali glas je taj šta utopi sve.

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Toliko mi je tesko poslusat dve njihove zaredom a kamoli cijeli album. Ide dvojka jer mi se svidio jedan decko u 4. razredu koji ih je volio pa sam i ja naravno headbangala uz back in black 🤟

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Ægte rock n roll, hurtig spade, falcet, tunge akkorder

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The album itself is decent, though I can't stand ACDC anymore. This review is based on what I remember of it, which is that it's boring hard rock songs about rock 'n roll and girls and sex and bullshit like that. Though the title track is pretty dope, I don't care about this band or most of their music. It gives me strong "dad music" vibes

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What if Angus played guitar over different lyrics? Angus is awesome, the lyrics are terrible.

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I know I know, just not that interesting

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Shannah enjoyed, good classics (2.5) Conor likes. Some of rock’s finest riffs. (4/5) Bill absolutely LOVED each and every moment. Each note a drop of pure electric joy. (0.3/5) (2.3/5)

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Hasn’t aged well has it

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Heavy metal? I don't need to hear any more before I die...

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Got about two songs in and I backed out. I absolutely can't stand Brian Johnson's voice. The music was solid, but without a good lead singer it falls apart.

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Dull. Nothing barely stands out.

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His voice is so grating. Can’t listen to more than 2 songs at a time

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För skrikigt. Orkar ej lyssna klart…

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I never really got into AC/DC. Not a fan of the music or the lyrics at all lol. 2/10

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Basic drum patterns and whiny voice is really not my thing.

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‘shoot to thrill’- hyper-masculine lyrics. Unpleasant to modern sensibilities. ‘What do you do for Money’- once you hear the misogyny, you can’t escape it. ‘givin the dog a bone’ is the icing on the cake. I didn’t listen to any more of this. How, even from a musical point of view, can this be considered one of the best albums of the past sixty years? How can the lyrics be extricated from the musicality? Ugh.

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This just gives me bad memories from High School, especially Brian Johnson’s voice. Eg the intro to Hell’s Bells is alright, especially at a Basketball game, but when he starts singing I just have to shut it down. Sheesh.

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Lots of volume on these song; Back in Black and Hells Bells are the top songs for me.

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Not in the mood

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I'm beyond tired of hearing the singles and I felt that the other songs were mostly fillers, but the truth is that I'm not a fan at all. 40 minutes of AC/DC is just way more than I can take. Maybe one day I'll become some 55 years old dude having fights in dive bars and then I'll change my mind about them.

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Drugie pojawienie sie AC/DC na liscie, tym razem z ich pierwszym albumem feaczurujacym smiesznego pana w spodniczce i kaszkiecie, Briana Johnsona, zastepujacy zapitego na smierc pana Scotta, nagrywana i wydana w 1980, pomimo tego, ze zmienil sie glowny wokal, to tworza muzyke dokladnie taka jak wczesniej, czyli harde granie dla mas z chwytliwymi riffowaniami gitarkowymi i niesamowicie rownym drumowaniem, dodac do tego teksty gloszace epikurejsko hedonistyczno sodomistyczne podejscie do zycia, jak przystalo na rokowanie popularne, a rezultatem bedzie niesamowity komercyjny sukces, bo nawet jesli czlowiek nie zna sie kompletnie na muzyce, to jednak kojarzy album, chocby po tytulowym traku, ktory leci na plejke, a jak dla mnie najbardziej charakterystyczna cecha tego nagrania bedzie tak denerwujacy wokal ktory jest tutaj spiewany, albo raczej wyty do swiatla ksiezyca, przesluchalbym tej plyty w wersji instrumentalnej zeby sprawdzic czy naprawde tak dzialaja na mnie te wokale polaczone z niemozliwie popowymi lirykami, czy inny diabel w tym siedzi

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So good!

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