What's your favorite Alice Cooper album

Along Came A Spider, Steamhammer / SPV, 2008
Alice CooperVocals
Keri Kelliguitar
Jason Hookguitar
Chuck Garricbass
Eric SingerDrums
Produced by: Alice Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg HamptonLength: 44 min 13 secMedium: CD
01. Prologue / I know where you live07. Killed by love
02. Vengeance is mine08. I'm hungry
03.Wake the dead09. The one that got away
04. Catch me if you can10. Salvation
05. (In touch with your) feminine side11. I am the spider / Epilogue
06. Wrapped in silk

Old master Alice is back again. He has titled his 25th studio work "Along Came A Spider", and it is (as it was in the master’s great days) a concept album. Alice has spun a story about a serial killer who thinks he is a spider but is scared of spiders himself. Just as strange as the story (one is used to a lot from Alice in terms of storytelling), the music comes across as soon as it is heard for the first time. That means, the first time it worked, the second time I had doubts about Coop's songwriting skills, after the third time I sang "I am the Spider" all day. I've been addicted to the record since the fifth time.

One thing is clear, you have to be a fan of the old (70's) Alice Cooper, or at least be able to do something with parts of his works from that time. A good shot of modern Alice is of course not missing either, Vengeance Is Mine in my opinion, however, is the weakest track on the album. A classic 70's groove dominates. I know where you live, (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side or Wake The Dead are bursting with classic guitar riffs, pleasantly packaged by the modern production.

Especially nice and a tip for romantics: Killed by lovewhose mood reminds me of my favorite Alice Cooper album, "From The Inside". Alice shows what he can do vocally, nice warm vocals. Also Salvation goes in the direction of "From The Inside". Great song, great chorus. I'm hungry goes back to the roots, Alice Cooper Group ick hear you trap, The One That Got Away almost too poppy for the album.

I don't know why it took so long for the album to ignite. Every song is full of ingenious hooklines that you can't get out of your head once you've discovered them. Alice Cooper's typical poetry is part of the program. In my opinion, the master's best album in a long time. Apparently you have to deal with the album, give it several runs until the full musical diversity is revealed. When you are ready, you should definitely check out "Along Came A Spider".

Jörg Litges, July 10, 2008

'Along Came A Spider' is the name of the latest and 25th studio release by ALICE COOPER. The main character of this concept album is a serial killer named "Spider".

The work hardly offers any really hard material. Instead of hard rock, which also occurs, rock, spiced here and there with a pinch of rock'n'roll and / or blues, dominates the action. In between there is still room for ballad-like tones. Most of the melodies are very catchy, sometimes downright catchy and don't tear me off my feet. Only a few horror scenes send pleasant shivers down my spine. On the other hand, I find it really creepy that the mainstream peeps dangerously around every corner on 'Along Came A Spider'.

The main argument for 'Along Came A Spider' is clearly the still fascinating and inimitable voice of ALICE COOPER. With her alone, the master takes care of the, unfortunately not very frequent, dramatic climaxes on the disc, regardless of whether he sings, speaks or speaks.

My main criticism is the weak production. It doesn't do 'Along Came A Spider' justice in any way. The instruments don't really come into their own, even with solo interludes. It's a shame, a lot is given away, especially when I consider that ALICE COOPER always works with very strong musicians.

My conclusion is quite clear. 'Along Came A Spider' doesn't have what it takes to become a classic in ALICE COOPER's extensive discography. Even if it sometimes evokes memories of the glorious 1970s, the disc is light years away from his great achievements of that time. It is one of the weaker jobs and has to be content with a place in the lower middle field of the rating scale for better or worse. Stop nothing special. This exceptional artist and his colleagues fall far short of their immense possibilities. The now 60-year-old recreational golfer, of course, sees it very differently. Our hero likes to polarize what he should succeed again with 'Along Came A Spider'. In the end, he does exactly what he thinks is right, whether it suits fans or critics or not.

Michael Koenig, (article list)

ALICE COOPER always created his greatest albums when he managed to wrap his typical sound in a fresh, contemporary guise. "Along came a spider" is now the third album in a row in which the old master is content, completely uninspired, with wandering about in the depths of his own past.

The result is another mediocre album, in which especially the dry and dusty retro production affects the listening pleasure considerably. Admittedly, "The eyes of Alice Cooper" in particular sounded even more old-fashioned. The most recent work tries at least to some extent through the dedicated guitar work to scare away the smell of the early seventies. Mostly it stays with the attempt. But what weighs even more heavily is the terrifyingly honest songwriting. Once you let it Vengeance is mine left out, then hardly any of the simplest of the knitted songs reaches the level to go beyond the status of a gap filler on a better Cooper album.

It's a shame about the interesting content concept, which this almost loveless-looking implementation simply does not do justice to. This album will set in cobwebs, at least among the audience, for whom rock history did not come to an abrupt end in 1975.

Martin Schneider, (article list)

Alice Cooper's new disc "Along Came A Spider" does to me like the protagonist of his concept album: The "Spider" slowly wraps you in its web until there is finally no more escape. But you should give "Along Came A Spider" a couple of runs and not immediately flee because Old Alice is once again brushing the listening habits of his fans against the grain.

At first the album seems bulky and a bit aloof (often a good sign). Not because of the murderously tangled lyrics of this concept story, but because Cooper and his band conjure up something unexpected again and again. Hard sounds with a good handful of snappy guitar licks, which are often broken up by production and sound technical finesse, are distorted with strange mid-heavy sounds and therefore sometimes come across as less straight.
But this is what makes the Spinnen album so attractive: Alice Cooper does not bathe in heavy rock clichés, does not only rely on catchy catchy tunes, although the opener Vengeance is mine goes in absolutely immediately and full bottle and inspires with his fat wah wah guitar, but wades sublime through his own oeuvre of the last 38 years and scoops off a cup here, a jug there, pours everything into a new measuring cup and whisked it all up to a foggy, poisonous drink. An excellent mixture of vintage style and modernity.
The old horror fanatic gives in Killed by love even John Lennon - kind of funny for someone like Alice Cooper - but he actually does that with a convincing vocal performance and very stylish. Ultimately, "Along Came A Spider" convinces with a full handful of first-class titles and another handful of really decent tracks, to which the co-producers Danny Saber and Greg Hampton certainly have their share.

Frank Ipach, (article list)

"I've been a Dr. Coop fan since my early youth. The old people could really be shocked with the posters from the POP and Bravo about the hanged or beheaded Alice. I still have the star cut, unfortunately it's a little tattered. The last retro albums I didn't find it bad either, after all, "Love It To Death" is my favorite album. But I'm a bit divided on "Along Came A Spider". Somehow the mix is ​​not right here. Reminiscences of his early works are always followed by crude ones Intermezzo, a fabric softener in harder caliber, overall neither fish nor meat. There are certainly a few highlights, but the relationship is neither front nor back. After all, the story is very funny and should perhaps be filmed rather than set to music. Dexter take over it. " Ralf F. from E (47)

Ralf Frank, (article list)

So, so, a new record from the former Mr. Vincent Damon Furnier, better known by the name he now carries around with him privately: Alice Cooper. "Along Came A Spider" is - once again - a concept album (Our Kay will be particularly happy about that ), with which Marilyn Manson's grandfather, who is often referred to as a shock rocker, certainly wants to tie in with his great times with "School's Out" or "Welcome To My Nightmare".

The latest prank is not about Spiderman's latest adventures, but about a serial killer who wraps his victims in silk but falls in love with one of his potential victims. Well, not exactly suspicious of the Nobel Prize in literature, but classic Alice Cooper material. And the same is also true of the music: strongly influenced by the seventies, albeit spiced up with modern means of production. There is riffy, relatively traditional hard rock (Vengeance Is Mine), but also one or the other ballad (Salvation).

The problem for me with this relatively simple and catchy music is that there are not enough brilliant song ideas. Vengeance Is Mine maybe has what it takes to be a mediocre hit, at one point or another the foot bobs for a moment, but that's about it. Shocking in the approach, but quite honest in the execution - on the other hand that fits the pastor's son, who ultimately never made a secret of the fact that everything is just entertainment.
Conclusion: It's not my thing, but the fans, especially old Alice Cooper, will probably like it. For me it has too little depth to shudder and the big songs are missing as a party disc. And to be really shocked, it is better to look at today's generation of politicians.

Ralf Stierlen, (article list)

It's not my job here to cook up Alice Cooper's résumé, but I would just like to remind you that the man has had so many classics on his plus side at times that he can enjoy himself until the end of his life and polka albums or bring out audiobooks. In addition, the "man behind the mask" came back from the crypt several times and shone again and again until the 90s, at least with great songs. Lost in America is still ringing in my ears very presently. But then the program was extensive enough for me and in the last few years I have - admittedly - not been so busy with it.

After "Along Came A Spider" appears with a delay, you have to listen to it. Every song is supposed to be a kind of "letter to the police" written by the serial killer "Spider".
It's easy not to like this album: zap it for a moment and off you go. The additional noses don't make the herb fat: Slash pounds back and forth in the usual manner Vengeance Is Mine, which is otherwise quite heavy and in the back of my mind causes Frankenstein-feeding thoughts. And where is Ozzy Osbourne's harmonica actually that is in (In Touch With) Your Feminine Side should ring? Aha, probably more in Wake The Dead. That's why it sounds so much like industrial Ozzy.
Interesting that STONES regular background singer Bernard Fowler provides the backing vocals on this album as well. I wouldn't have noticed.
I like the album better every time I listen to it. The guitar sounds and riffs are mostly very rocky and snappy. Even if some songs like Catch Me If You Can fizzling along too stupidly. Wrapped in silk even rocks off with an AC / DC-like riff and stays with steam hammer rock.
The eyebrows rise significantly when using the acoustic Killed by love kidnapped back to the 70s. Is that really Alice singing? Recorded today? An absolutely radio-friendly ballad that would fit just as well between Bowie and MOTT THE HOOPLE. If there is still space.
And it stays in the style of that time. If you had in the chorus of I'm hungry can also sing "I'm 18"? Certainly.

The next surprise is Salvation, which starts as a piano ballad - again the singing of days long gone (!) - and mutates into a pop hit. The final song then falls back into a somewhat overloaded bombast rock.
All in all, the positive sides of the album outweigh for me, which however must leave almost every listener ambivalent.

Epi Schmidt, (article list)

Alice Cooper no longer crosses my path very often - I can easily count on three fingers how often he finds his way into my greedy player every year. So, to name Ross and Reiter, my contact is limited to Cooper's epoch-making album "From The Inside", a concept album about his stay in an addiction clinic. However, just naming the name is enough to rediscover bum feelings. The word "cool" had not yet been discovered back then (1972/73) when I was pimply and highly pubescent at the time School's Out should roar to the air guitar.
What still worked in puberty, with the best will in the world, no longer wants to happen today. At a time when I only have a hearty yawn left for the wildest horror films, the horror concept of Dr. h.c. Cooper (yes, the man has an honorary doctorate) can no longer be reached. The lay preacher prays every Sunday in his Baptist church and then becomes Mr. Evil on stage. Of course: one is private - the other is a show and a livelihood, but the older I get, the less I attach importance to show effects. Today I want to listen to honest, simple, handmade music, everything else begins to bore me more and more.

"Along Came A Spider" bores me profoundly. Not only that the "concept" of this concept album is completely worn out. No, even the individual songs are as sexy as deaconesses who have fallen asleep. Well produced, but without esprit, without a brilliant idea. I don't even want to start with tension. Experienced songwriting brings consistently good audible stuff, but - let's be honest - how often do we have songs like Wrapped in silk or Salvation already heard from Alice Cooper. So the best thing about this disc is the Prologue and the Closing Dialogue. In order not to be misunderstood: I am definitely a value-conservative person and albums like "Along Came A Spider" are always more to me than the crap that is lulled with on the radio, MTV or VIVA. But if I feel like going to Mr. Cooper two or three times a year, I'll prefer to stay with "From The Inside" in the future.

About the evaluation: I give "Along Came A Spider" a tired "Not bad!", Knowing that this attribute actually means the maximum penalty. Or to put it in points: 4 out of 10 - especially with regard to the great services that the lay preacher has earned for glam rock.

Steve Braun, (article list)

For me, ALICE COOPER was always the male SUZIE QUATRO. Would-be rock fellow with an extremely thin voice, but a heavy outfit from the drawing board.
The whole fuss about his person was more embarrassing and real rock fans like to turn up their noses at so much artificially souped-up rocker presence. Even before DSDS, completely talent-free journeymen were able to make their commercial way.

His current work doesn't change that either. Artificially roughened pseudo-glam heavy rock. In addition, the usual annoying croaking of an absolutely ungriven singer.
The opener I know you where live has Olympic format. That means: amateurish through and through. No trace of a composition. The rest of the Olympic masterpiece, especially Feminine side and Im hungry), is a little fun every now and then. But that doesn't knock me off the chair or the wing chair either.

Unfairly, the current KING'S X album is playing with me at the moment. And between Alice and the kings lie artistic universes.

Joachim Domrath, (article list)

I remember with horror my first encounters with the music of ALICE COOPER. It was my last years at school, it was the beginning of the 90s, it made a lasting impression. Because at every party either "Hey Stupid" or "Poison" roared from the stereo. Bad. Especially bad because the poser faction in the stage always really went crazy with these songs. Did they think they were just about to bang head on heavy metal music? Tzzz. Lollipop!

No, ALICE COOPER didn't work at all, on principle not at all. But it's good that years later I was able to discover the old discs from the 70s for myself. Because that was the ALICE as I knew how to please me. A snotty garage band with a slight tendency to megalomania. Splendid. Personally, I still think "Love It To Death" is his best record.

"Along Came A Spider" is the old master's newest creation. And I really enjoy what oozes out of the boxes. ALICE COOPER has found a great, fully functioning mixture: ACAS is a concept album, but no rock horror theater, has a snot attitude and yet with a certain claim. But the best of all, it grows from time to time. And at some point you get addicted to it. As the end of the record says aptly: "You trap, you kill, you eat! That's what a good spider does!" So, check out Along Came The Spider, but for God's sake be warned ..

Thorsten Philipp, (article list)