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Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare Review

Released By : Universal Music

Genre : Hard Rock, Classic Rock

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1. I Am Made Of You
2. Caffeine
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. I’ll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie FEVER
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Want
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

In the early months of 1975, the world was introduced to the first official “solo” album from ALICE COOPER titled WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. While it was certainly quite well received when it first surfaced and showed enough to secure a long future for Coop, over the years it grew into something much more than that and is these days rightfully heralded as an absolute classic. Since then Cooper’s career has ebbed and flowed with as many misses as hits and now, thirty-plus years later Cooper has resurfaced with a direct sequel that goes by the quite obvious title of WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE. The idea certainly sounded good on paper when it was first getting spoken about, especially when details surfaced about master producer, and producer of the first NIGHTMARE album Bob Ezrin was on board, then the deal being sweetened with addition of a few members of the original ALICE COOPER band in Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway, not to mention the inclusion of Dick Wagner who was also a vital cog in the original NIGHTMARE machine.

Suffice to say that all of this information had die-hard Coop fans in raptures and all of a sudden WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE became one of the most highly anticipated releases of 2011. Now before I passed judgement on this album I listened to it multiple times but even though I feel ALICE COOPER is almost one of those “untouchable” artists that is hard to knock I have to admit that I think this album is a complete disaster and a definite low point in COOPER’S career.    Before we even get to the music let’s start off with the atrocious album cover, sure it follows the general vibe of the first album what with the whole upside-down triangle and the bugs and moths in the background, but where the first one was a very artistic and iconic piece of artwork, this new one looks a little bit like a tenth-grade photoshop mock-up.

I could have forgiven the artwork had the music been something special, but unfortunately that didn’t happen either. Fair enough that Cooper always tries to do something different, but really when you’re doing a sequel to an album I think the least people should expect is for it to sound like the artist on the cover. Look, there is a few pretty good tunes here to be sure, for example I’LL BITE YOUR FACE OFF combines trademark Cooper lite-horror lyrics with an obvious nod to ROLLING STONES musically. I also quite enjoyed the ballad track SOMETHING TO REMEMBER ME BY and while it doesn’t even come close to classics like ONLY WOMEN BLEED and YOU AND ME it’s still a great shout-out to early day Cooper and one of the highlights on an otherwise ordinary album. Sadly though the rest of the album really never takes off and is a bit of muddle that is pretty hard to take. The first track I AM MADE OF YOU for example is done entirely in auto-tune vocals, and while the effect may be interesting there’s no doubting that just shouldn’t be used in any circumstance ever again, especially not on a bloody ALICE COOPER record of all places. Then there’s the horrible DISCO BLOODBATH BOOGIE FEVER, that attempts to be a bit of tongue-in-cheek payout to dance music but actually ends up sounding more like a WEIRD AL YANKOVICK TUNE than anything else. GHOULS GONE WILD has a sixties surf-rock feel to it complete with ooh-ahh backing vocals, and just when you think this album couldn’t have been any more of a disappointment along comes a duet with none other than dime-a-dozen manufactured pop tart KE$HA, and while the song itself has some good ideas it actually comes across sounding as bad as you would imagine and almost feels like a last-ditch desperate measure by Cooper to try and remain relevant in today’s music scene.

Words simply cannot describe my level of disappointment with this album and it realy does feel to me as though the once mighty and unstoppable ALICE COOPER has become a parody version of himself and should have just left things well alone. I may have been a slight bit less harsh had this album gone by another name, but if you’re going to release a direct sequel to an album as amazing as WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE then you bloody well better do it right. I’m sure die-hard Cooper fans will defend this album with all their might, but the fact is WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE is a big stinky pile of crud.

Written By ZeeZee

Rating : 3/10

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6 thoughts on “Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare Review

  1. “but the fact is WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE is a big stinky pile of crud.”

    You should retool your “review” so you aren’t trying to pass your opinion as a fact. Especially when most people who’ve heard it so far think it’s some of his best work in years. So some edits are in order for sure.

    BTW, “I Am Made of You” is not “entirely” done in Auto Tune, that is one of the edits you need.

  2. ANY amount auto-tune used in ANY genre of music is too much. Which is exactly why I no longer listen to music that has been produced since that abhorrent technique was brought into invention by someone who must have been attempting to completely demolish all current music.

    And by the way, everyone has opinions. It’s part of life. Get used to it, you egregious ass.

    And by the way… fucking KE$HA? Who can’t sing on tune to save her life? Are you kidding me? What has this (formerly awesome) band come to? I mean, why don’t they sing with Britney Spears and Taylor Swift too? Jesus. Rock is dying a slow, painful death, and it’s killing my soul to see (and hear) it.

  3. I have heard all the tracks and I would have to say this review is bogus. 1 it starts off with an ass kicking tune I am made of you. The album is inventive and yes I even love the Kesha song and I am not embarrased at all to admit that because the song works and the duet between the two is great. This album follows a story and does it well. Alice has never been one to be afraid of pushing musical boundaries and I think that is one of the reasons he is my favorite artists. I know mant people like to bash some of his more recent work but you know what most of those people never actually bought or listened to the whole albums. I would give this album a 10 in my book. Look at all the crap that is out there today you have the audacity to call this a disappointment. I think maybe you should give it another listen. Alice is and always will be at the top of his game.

  4. Gee, I gotta say guys, I’m noticing a bit too much fan-boy love for this album. Not only on this site but as a general consensus across the net. Seems that Cooper fans are willing to admit they like anything that he does just because it’s him, whereas the general vibe from critics and people that listen to a lot of music feel that it’s not very good at all.

    Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion guys, so if you like the album good for you…but for the couple of goons here that are telling me that my opinion is wrong…c’mon guys, you should know better than that.

    Unfortunately PAT, you’re point was moot as soon as you said Cooper is your favorite artist. That’s great for you but it’s obviously going to affect how fair you can be isn’t it now, especially considering you also stick up for all of other latter day albums too, ones that most people have conceded to be pretty bad. Also mate, palse don’t ask me to give it another listen, I can guarantee I had listened to enough times to make a fair judgement, maybe it is you that needs to listen to some of the hundreds of other albums I hear on a monthly basis to realize just how short of the mark this one is 😉

    Well, I won’t be losing any sleep about the fact people don’t agree with my opinion that’s for sure, but it does grind me that fan-boys are willing to defend something that is so sub-par 😉

    Oh, and by the way…just to reiterate….It is NEVER okay to use auto-tune on a rock album, and it also NEVER okay to do a duet with a dime-a-dozen record label created pop tart, THAT you can take as fact! 😉

  5. Alice Cooper is one of my 5 favorite artists but I won’t accept that as being a reason to excuse my opinion. I thought Along Came a Spider was an absolute travesty, as well as most of Alice’s mid-eighties music. I have listened to Welcome 2 My Nightmare over and over the last few days and here is what sticks out:

    This is not Cooper’s best recent album, that falls on Dirty Diamonds, but it is possibly his most consistently interesting. So many styles and no real duds, though people will point out Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever or the Ke$ha song just because of how out there they are. The worst part of this album for me is the opener, which has nothing to do with the theme and is a ballad. Not a bad song, but why talk about believing in God when the character doesn’t even get close to heaven. The wrap-it-all-up I Gotta Get Out Of Here is a perfect ending, hilarious. In hindsight this isn’t a sequel to Nightmare but the album that followed it, Go To Hell, which had its tongue firmly in cheek and flirted with disco. My least favorite songs still have interest in being the sole love ballad and chugging Dylan tune. So many styles, it is hard to hate this unless you prefer serious monotony.

  6. The opener does inded fit with the album – it’s sung from the point of view of the nightmare itself “I am made of you”. The use of autotune adds to the eerieness of this track. After a few years, most Cooper albums will boil down to just one or two really good tracks. OK so he’ll never produce another “Billion Dollar Babies” but he will always entertain and often surprise. Surprised you didn’t note the resemblance of the Kei$ha track to M Jackson’s “Billie jean” or the fact that the “disco” track turns undoubtedly rock half way through – even the five star reviews haven’t mentioned this which makes me wonder if the whole album has been listened to.

    While not Cooper’s best, I wouldn’t say it’s the travesty you suggest – and it’s absolutely better than “Dirty Diamonds” (in my opinion – an opinion is all your review is too after all).



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