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Slow down as you approach the gate, and have your change ready....
I should have come out with this review last year, when the CD came out, but, the fact is, I’ve been too busy listening to it to review it. I finally put the CD down long enough to write up a short review, but in all honesty, I can’t wait until my CD review is over, so I can listen to it again.
What? Listen to it while writing the review? Are you serious? That’s like trying to read the newspaper while riding taking a ride on the world’s biggest, and scariest roller coaster.
This is the first AC/DC CD I can actually listen to that doesn’t represent a guilty pleasure. Black Ice is simply a pleasure--a guilt-free one.
As a self-proclaimed Christ-centered singer/songwriter and psychologist, I’ve savored every AC/DC CD to date, but I have had a hard time swallowing all of the satanic references, and all of the crude sexual innuendoes. The Bible says “whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is of good accord, dwell on these things,” but hard to keep one’s mind where it should be while listening to "Giving the Dog A Bone. "
With Black Ice, AC/DC has proven that the devil doesn’t have to have all of the good music, a complaint the late great singer/songwriter Larry Norman once expressed in a song. This is great rock and roll, pure and simple. It’s up there with the best AC/DC records ever released.
As Petra once said in a song--one that would later be recorded by Kiss (of all acts), “God Gave Rock n Roll to you…” Black Ice is, above all, a celebration of rock n roll. No, they don’t go so far as to putting God in the credits, but when it comes to straight-ahead-no-nonsense-rock-n-roll, this is about as glorious, and about as heavenly as it gets.
The sheer, unabashed glee the band seems to feel over the opportunity to participate in their craft, is refreshing. "Big Jack" is a rock n roll classic waiting to happen. Put that track, or "Rock N Roll Train" on in your car as your heading down the highway and you’ll pray for no traffic jams or cops bent on giving out speeding tickets. Songs like that make me really believe in the power of rock n roll, and take me back to Back in Black in a flash. AC/CD is not stuck in the '70s, they just take it with them wherever they go, and make it feel like time has not passed us by.
In terms of the lyrics, this is not redemption, but it is a step in the right direction. The band is steering away from the Highway to Hell. In its place, the band has constructed a two-way road to purgatory, with a bike path veering off to heaven.
In short, AC/DC is every bit “about to rock,” as they were back in the day, and for this, AC/DC, “we salute you!”
Reviewed by psychologist, Bruce L. Thiessen, aka Dr. BLT
* For more of Dr. BLT’s impressions
of AC/DC, check out this link: http://www.tollbooth.org/2005/features/rockdoc10.html