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One of the first Alice Cooper albums I ever bought, after Trash which introduced me to the rock legend, Constrictor is a riot from start to finish! Opening with Teenage Frankenstein, the albuis not a single bad track throughout the whole of the album!
Give It Up is the next track on the album and follows Teenage Frankenstein perfectly with its differing style and tone but it is Thrill My Gorilla that always gets me going next! I still find myself singing this now from time to time and is every bit as seminal as his hit, I Love The Dead from one of his other albums that likewise was a classic piece of Alice! Thrill My Gorilla has it all ~ catchy lyrics, humour and a rocky, pumping beat that instantly gets your toes tapping along!Derfenitely my second favourite song on the album!
Life And Death At The Party and Simple Disobediance come next and are another couple of cracking classic tunes quickly followed by The World Needs Guts which is my third favourite song to be featured! This has all the hallmarks of the kind of sound that makes Alice just so great. Even if you are not into hard and heavy rock, it is still possdible with songs like this to listen to the album and enjoy!
The album closes with the songs Trick Bag, possibly my least favourite here, Crawlin' and The Great American Success Story but it is the final final number that is my all-time favourite on the Constrictor album! He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) is an awesome awesome tune taken from the Friday 13th Part 6: Jason Lives soundtrack and is all about the evil mass murderer Jaon Vorhees who haunts the shores of Camp Crystal Lake and seemingly cannot be killed! I love the Friday 13th series despite the fact that they all rather cheesey and a little bit bad at times and so this song is right up my alley. The combination of a song about one of my favourite movie bad guys sung by one of my favourite rock singers simply crowns this album off to a tee.
And like The Man Behind The Mask, one thing was certain...... Al;ice Cooper would return!
In 1986, Alice Cooper returned after a 4 year break of booze, near divorce and finally giving up alcohol for good, he was back with venom and I don't just mean the snake in his mouth on the cover. He dropped the variable new wave sound and went back not even to rock but to metal, with good guitar playing, catchy choruses and cheesy lines this was a great improvement on the previous two albums and was a great sign of the road to recovery.
The album starts off with incredibly strong with Teenage Frankenstein, before moving on to the glammy Give it Up and the slightly embarassing Thrill my Gorilla which has pretty bad lyrics. The Life and Death of the Party is humorous and catchy, the album then moves on to the rebellious tracks like Simple Disobedience and The World Needs Guts, then on to the average Trick Bag before moving on to Crawlin (slightly similar to the later Bed of Nails) and is then finished off with the best tracks apart from Teenage Frankenstein which are The Great American Success Story and the catchy horror disco rock track "He's back (he's the man behind the mask)"
It's definitely not Cooper's best work but it's a huge improvement from the earlier 3 albums of the 80s and has some quality songs, not to mention a lot of balls to the guitar playing.
1. "Teenage Frankenstein" (Alice Cooper, Kane Roberts) - 3:40
2. "Give It Up" (Cooper, Roberts) - 4:13
3. "Thrill My Gorilla" (Cooper, Roberts) - 2:56
4. "Life and the Death of the Party" (Cooper, Roberts) - 3:45
5. "Simple Disobedience" (Cooper, Roberts) - 3:30
6. "The World Needs Guts" (Cooper, Roberts) - 3:59
7. "Trick Bag" (Cooper, Roberts, Tom Kelly) - 4:18
8. "Crawlin'" (Cooper, Roberts, Michael Wagener) - 3:22
9. "The Great American Success Story" (Cooper, Roberts, Beau Hill) - 3:38
10. "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" (Cooper, Roberts, Kelly) - 3:49
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Teenage Frankenstein
2 Give It Up
3 Thrill My Gorilla
4 Life and Death of the Party
5 Simple Disobedience
6 World Needs Guts
7 Trick Bag
9 Great American Success Story
10 He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)