Hollywood Vampires – The Boogieman Surprise
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, and Joe Perry form Hollywood Vampires, the oddest super group that no one should complain about. Their album Rise shows the reasons why, bringing out the best of the musicians.
In covers, Depp’s timbre works perfect for David Bowie’s Heroes. Perry’s does the same for Johnny Thunders’ You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory. Original material The Boogieman Surprise and Mr. Spider feel almost like spiritual b-sides of Welcome to the Nightmare, and it is certainly any Cooper fan’s poison.
The Raconteurs – Help Me Stranger
Ten years has passed since the stellar Consolers of the Lonely, we never would’ve dreamt of another record from The Raconteurs. But Jack White is full of brilliant surprises.
Last week sees their welcome release of Help Me Stranger, a definite front-runner in this year’s rock stunners. We sincerely pray that it takes much less than a decade for their next release to land.
Sum 41 – A Death in the Family
It’s nostalgia week! Sum 41 is still well, alive, and raising the punk flag high. Retaining their familiar style that survived our best years, they have also turned up the amp for a welcome heavier sound with A Death in the Family.
If the rest of the new album matches up in volume remains to be seen. But it does seem for now that Does This Look Infected? may get to retire from the title of ‘Best’.