|By Charlie Goodrich||Friday, 11 Jun 2004|
In 1988, AC/DC had existed for fifteen years, and they have established themselves as the world’s number one rock band by this point in their careers. AC/DC has essays for sale experienced a lot during their service in the rock and roll fraternity. They have withstood the punk movement, disco music (I use the word music loosely here), and the growth of hair bands all while creating music that only AC/DC can. Blow Up Your Video is yet another album that only AC/DC could have made. It’s more of that signature in your face rock that leaves you craving more… that is if you can tolerate Brian Johnson’s raspy vocals.
This album is similar to Fly on the Wall because it contains many catchy tunes but nothing lyrically spectacular. Despite this, there are plenty of fun songs to listen to and enjoy. For instance, “That’s the Way I want to Rock and Roll” is a throw back to the fifties. It starts off simple enough with an appealing riff and some nice drum work, but then Brian begins singing with a retro rhythm. It is a very likeable song. That sums up this album nicely: likable. There is not anything super special but you get a good time. This also acts like a double-edged sword, however. There is nothing that sticks out and makes this album shine through. While I encourage people to branch out and listen to more than just Back in Black or Highway to Hell, there are stronger albums to try before Blow Up Your Video. Nevertheless, it fits in the AC/DC catalog nicely.