Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Label: UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
Reviewer: Zaid Mousa - 2012-09-05
Highlights: The entire album is interesting
Vincent Damon Furnier A.K.A. Alice Cooper is one of the Heavy Metal legends of the Old School Era. Influenced by bands such as The Beetles, The Who and The Rolling Stones, Cooper started on his successful career path in 1964 after performing at the age 16 in a local talent show. He released his first studio album as a band in 1969 entitled, "Pretties for You".
In 1975, Alice Cooper released "Welcome to My Nightmare" as his first solo album. "Welcome to My Nightmare" is a concept album, the songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven. And, after 36 years of success after releasing the first "Welcome to My Nightmare", Alice Cooper saw fit to release the epic sequel, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare". I can say that Alice Cooper has proudly released one of his masterpieces ,the 26th album after his successful album "Along Came a Spider". It has been 36 years since my favorite album of all time, "Welcome to My Nightmare", was released, so, you can imagine my excitement as the release date for the sequel, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare", approached. Here's kind of how those last few days went:
Alice Cooper: "I haven't worked with Bob [Ezrin] in a long time. After the 35th anniversary of '...Nightmare', I said, 'why don't we start writing something else?’ And he said, 'why don't we just do part two?’ We'd never done part two, so I went, 'that's a great idea. Let's get me and you together'". That's when they also decided to reunite with the previous members of the Alice Cooper band. The theme of the album was described by Cooper as "another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one".
The album was completed sometime during early 2011, with Cooper announcing its completion in February 2011 on his radio show, "Nights with Alice Cooper". It was first scheduled to be released late in 2011 on Bob Ezrin's Bigger Picture label as part of a deal involving marketing, touring and production work by Bigger Picture for Cooper in the future. It became a sequel to the 1975 release “Welcome to My Nightmare" without much similarity in style though. The difference is that this album is heavier, you can feel the soul of heavy metal from the guitars, vocals and drums. You can sense the difference between his two albums and you will know that Alice cooper is still rocking, even though the 70's are long gone.
In every Alice Cooper album, this truly inspiring artist presents new feelings, new magic and new heavy metal music. I've heard all the tracks and I think that the "The Nightmare Returns" is the best track off the whole album .As for the worst song.... well… I couldn’t find one: we are talking about Alice Cooper, the heavy metal legend! What else can I say?!
Long live Alice Cooper! I really enjoyed the album, and I hope you do as well.