Fact fans: “Blow Up Your Video“ was AC/DC’s biggest commercial success since 1982’s massive hit “For Those About To Rock“ album.
The lack of success from the dark, brooding “Flick Of The Switch (1983)“ and the disappointing, over produced “Fly On The Wall (1985)“ compelled the Young brothers do a much needed reverse and turn back to recording straight down the middle AC/DC Hard Rock.
Had the album produced more of the likes of “Heatseeker“ and the anthemic “That’s The Way I Wanna Rock N Roll“ then the Young brother’s U-turn could have been justified however “Blow Up Your Video“ contains way too much filler.
Fortunately 1990’s “The Razors Edge“ would return AC/DC to their lofty position as the worlds greatest Hard Rock band however back in 1988 “Blow Up Your Video“ huffed and puffed from lack lustre efforts like “Go Zone“ to well below the standard “Nick Of Time“.
Although “Kissin Dynamite“ and “This Means War“ sit higher up the quality ladder it’s all a bit safe and dare I say missing the point of bare to the bone Rock N Roll for which AC/DC is famous for. The sound is way better than “Fly On The Wall“ at least Johnson’s vocals are back on form but the hard edge bite of Young Brother’s guitar’s is missing and seems strangely sedate.
Of course AC/DC are and always will be the consummate live attraction and no matter the state of the current album you’ll go and see them for the likes of “Hells Bells“ and “Let There Be Rock“ I reckon they can be forgiven for this dip in form. (Online April 19, 2004)