AC/DC Rock or Bust ★★★ Sony

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - RO­NAN MCGREEVY

What’s this? AC/DC have es­chewed the habits of a lifetime. Now in their dotage, they have writ­ten an al­bum re­plete with strings, or­ches­tra­tion and in­tro­spec­tive lyrics about alien­ation and global in­equal­ity. As if. There are few cer­tain­ties in life, but one cer­tainty is that the lat­est AC/DC al­bum will sound broadly sim­i­lar to the last one and all its pre­de­ces­sors. It will have a lot of songs about rock­ing and rolling. It will be the an­tithe­sis of the mis­er­abilist streak which seems to in­fect mod­ern mu­sic. Rock or Bust is not as good as its pre­de­ces­sor Black

Ice but it is bet­ter than most Brian John­son-era AC/DC al­bums. It is par­tic­u­larly good con­sid­er­ing it is miss­ing the real ge­nius be­hind the AC/DC sound, Mal­colm Young, who has re­tired due to de­men­tia. Pro­ducer Bren­dan O’Brien has brought a Spring­steen-like swing to the record. Fans will be con­tent with more of the same.

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