A fashion statement
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 12/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, Flush the Fashion is a fantastic pop album, very similar to the Cars, Elvis Costello, and maybe even a touch of Blondie. This is just a really good pop album from the early 80's. If you like your rock and roll short, catchy, and full of life and excitement (and even somewhat danceable) this is a really good album to listen to. It's a huge mistake ignoring this album, or even criticizing it for that matter- Alice Cooper didn't turn into another generic hard rock band just yet!
Alright, maybe the album loses a little bit of steam near the end, because by that point we're hearing early signs of stuff like Motley Crue and other bands that were to arrive shortly after, but that's hardly a reason to think less of THIS album. Many of the choruses are loud and screaming with excitement.
If the album has one flaw, it's that it's too short. Not even 30 minutes long? Give me a BREAK! Besides, this album might have his very best song- "Clones". LOVE that one. "Talk Talk" and "Pain are other highlights. "Leather Boots" is absolutely COOL. Get this album now.
And yet another 70's icon falls prey to the 80's!!!
Sonic | Blue Jay Way | 04/07/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I have to give the Coop a hats off for trying to move on to the 80's. A lot of bands didn't make the cut. The 80's really ruined a lot of veteren bands trying to stay hip. The technology (gated reverbs and quirky synths and drum machines, OH MY!) just derailed things for them.
But I must say, Alice churns out an "okay" album to face the new decade. First off, I love the pace of this album...each song starting immediately after the last had finished. Had there been more space in between songs, many of us probably would've shut it off.
"Talk Talk" kicks it off and you can hear that Alice is trying his hand at new wave. "Clones (We're All)" was a nice choice for a song for Alice to do as well. Closest to harkening back to the Alice Cooper Group heyday is "Pain". But again, Alice gets caught in a web of snarky humor that so often has dogged his solo career. GONE are the wicked guitar solos and IN are the barbershop quartet backing vocals. Man, I just don't get it.
So, all in all, it is (again) a spotty effort by our hero. But he was brave enough to give something new a try. But alas, he should have just laid low for a while and then tried to get the original Cooper band back together again. Here we are nearly 30 years later...still waiting for that old coot to be led to the gallows in front of his old mates!"
Alice's most underrated.
Skyclad | Michigan | 04/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the first Cooper album I ever owned. I know, an odd start to get into Alice Cooper, but it's a really good album. If it's one thing, it's catchy. Coming in at under half an hour, the album holds your attention all the time between the melodies and some of Alice's most insane vocals and lyrics ever. IMO, essential Alice."