411 of 1001 Albums: AC/DC Back in Black

AC/DC is probably one of the hugest bands out there. Most people can name a song by them, and a lot of people enjoy their music. It makes sense though because it does have a lot of attitude and instrumental talent. They also have a ton of history to explore through if you’re someone who is a music historian.

History: Bon Scott instantly began putting together a new album after their hit album, Highway to Hell. The band would encounter some major setbacks though before they could bring Back in Black though. Scott died during songwriting for the new album leaving the band without a vocalist. Brian Johnson would later arrive to be the vocalist of the band for this album. Not only that but the band decided to record in the Bahamas where they were met with storms that caused power outages and also they experience some luggage problems at the airport. With all the problems though this album would become worth it of for the band. It is now the 2nd biggest album worldwide and the 6th most best selling album in the U.S. of all time.

Vocals: Brian Johnson’s vocals do sound very close to the guy who led the vocals the previous albums. I can’t say that Johnson’s vocals are my typical sound I like to hear. They are high and squealing. This works with the rock he is singing, but overall it did sound the same for a few songs to me. He seems to mix it up with songs like “You Shook Me All Night Long” where is vocals hit a few more ranges that it sounds like in the other songs.

Instrumentals: The instrumentals are all the best thing about the album. The drum tempo at the beginning of “You Shook Me All Night Long” is really catchy, and it times the music very well. The same thing can be said about Phil Rudd in “Back in Black” as well. It makes the song memorable. The guitarist, Angus Young, also times his rhythm to fit wit the other instruments well. He is a great guitarist. The guitarist adds as much attitude to the music as any other piece to the album. Malcolm Young is also on rhythm guitar and it’s staple and great. Cliff Williams is on bass guitar, and even down to the bass everything is well weaved in.

Recording: I think what makes this song better besides the fact you might enjoy the vocals or the instrumentals sound great is that the classic rock vibe is so heavy and well done. They just sound like real rock. There is no idea level of poppy sounds, or vocals that sound like they are too mechanic they are so overdone. It just sounds like real music.

AC/DC has achieved fame, because overall they appeal with talent. Regardless of whether you like the style you can’t ignore that lots of talent is ran through the album. It also isn’t so over processed that the music is stuck to one time. You can listen to this in 1980 or 2013 and it still sounds like music that is just as new today.

Rating 7 of 10.

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