1980 had the biggest low and then the highest high of the band history in store for AC/DC. At first vocal legend Bon Scott died on his own vomit, but the band didn’t waste much time and processed its mourning in the studio. With the new singer Brian Johnson they produced one of the best AC/DC and at the same time most ingenious Rock’n’Roll albums of all time.
Could the former GEORDIE singer replace the much deified Bon Scott? Yes and no one could reply. But what else should he do but take on the challenge? After all Bon Scott was his biggest fan! And the voice of Brian, spiked with countless nails, steeled by hundreds of smokes and roughed up by hectolitres of alcohol, massively helps the success of the album.
Songs such as “Hells Bells“ with the best known bell tolling of Rock history, the title song, the lazily rocking “You Shook Me All Night” with its brilliant chorus or the sluggish, damn intense, but incredible memorable “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution“ everybody has heard in his/her life before. I cannot get enough of especially the gripping riff monster “Given The Dog A Bone”, incredibly great!!!
Long talk, short sense: „Back In Black“ is a must for E.V.E.R.Y. collection, no matter in which form. (Online May 19, 2004)