"To be fair, only five of the nine songs on ONE VICE AT A TIME are blatantly in the AC/DC style. But they are so good that it doesn't matter. Every song on OVAAT is great (if you like straight-ahead no-frills Hard Rock). Krokus covered "American Woman" on this album 17 years before Lenny Kravitz recorded his version, and the Krokus' version is better. "Long Stick Goes Boom," "Playin' The Outlaw," "To The Top," and "Save Me" are all as good or better than most of AC/DC's material, so the stylistic borrowing can be forgiven (and forgotten - by the next album Krokus had adopted an AC/DC meets Judas Priest style). The band was both criticized for the lack of originality, and praised for the quality of the music when this album came out, and both observations are valid. Krokus' other albums may have been hit or miss when it came to quality, but this one is a CLASSIC! -(If you like ONE VICE... try Def Leppard's HIGH AND DRY and AC/DC's FLICK OF THE SWITCH)"
A Guilty Pleasure
BrainDrain | Oshkosh, WI USA | 02/07/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best Krokus albums, with some of the funniest metal tunes ever. How can you not howl over silliness like "Long Stick Goes Boom," "Bad Boys, Rag Dolls" or the classic "Down The Drain" with lyrics like "My mother was a b-girl, my old man was a tramp/Some folks say they conceived me on a loading ramp." I guess life's rough over there in Switzerland!I don't take Krokus too seriously, never did. Krokus is all about goofy fun, and that's a good thing, but the band has chops, too. They sound a lot like AC/DC, but funnier. This is good rock and roll. It'll keep your head banging and put a smile on your face.Remember, folks, three stars is a good review. If all the songs were as good as the ones I've mentioned above, it would get five."
Don't Write a review if you don't know the facts
Michael R. Dixon | The Woodlands, Texas | 12/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album. I also love Metal Rendez-Vous and Hardware. For those misinformed individuals that claim this is acopy of AC/DC with Brian Johnson, I beg to differ. Marc Storace (Lead Singer) has sung like this prior to 1982 when this album came out. He sung like this on Metal Rendez-Vous (1979) and Hardware(1981). Of course, the first Brian Johnson (AC/DC) album (Back In Black) did not come out until 1980. So now you critics can do the math, 1979 is earlier than 1980, right? So according to your logic Brian Johnson copied Marc Storace. Yes, that is right, your observations were totally absurd. Don't review an album, based on, if it sounds similar or not to another band. Base it on the quality of the album.
Now to my review, if you like head banging rock and roll, this album is definitely there. I don't know of any Krokus album that isn't worth buying. One Vice at a Time has the hit Long Stick Goes Boom which received a lot of Radio play. But the other songs on here really rock. Great vocals and great guitar work make this one of my favorites. Also check out "The Blitz", "Headhunter" and "Alive and Screamin" , you won't be disappointed."
THIS ROCKS HARD !!!
Jeff Swaggerty | New Lenox, IL United States | 06/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes it does sound like AC/DC a lot, but I don't care. It's still heavy and it rocks hard! I've always liked this band, and they've put out some really good stuff over the years, such as "Metal Rendezvous" and "Headhunter". Overall, this is probably my favorite LP from the band. "Long stick goes boom", "Playin the outlaw","Bad boys,rag dolls" are all heavy,catchy tracks. Forget the similarities, just enjoy this for what it is: kick a** rock and roll"
F'n Smokes, Period!!!
Mark Cartier (firstname.lastname@example.org) | US of F'n A | 10/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like older AC/DC, i.e. Powerage, Let there be Rock, etc. you can't go wrong. Every track smokes!!!"