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Classic Album Review: Alice Cooper | Dragontown

The Coop can't keep a straight face long enough to pull off this cyber-gothy set.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Call it Drag for short.

Alice Cooper is apparently going for some sort of post-millennial, cyber-goth, nu-metal vibe on this followup to last year’s brutal Brutal Planet. Trouble is, that stuff only works if you can keep a straight face. And if you’ve ever heard Alice — or seen him on TV lately, shilling for an American hotel chain in full makeup and leather — you know that he ain’t exactly Mr. Serious. So his smarty-pants lyrics (“I hate opera / I hate Oprah”) and Elvis impersonation (Disgraceland) just don’t jibe with collaborator Rob Marlette’s brooding melodies and sluggish grooves. On the odd track like opener Triggerman, Fantasy Man and I Just Wanna Be God, they manage to synch up; the rest of the time, Alice is back in hell. And we’re right there with him.