With the first Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper took his scathing shock rock and turned it into a conceptual showpiece. This sequel to the 1975 album brings together Cooper’s old-time producer extraordinaire Bob Ezrin and band veterans Dick Wagner, Steve Hunter, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith. The conceptual pieces are in place. “The Nightmare Returns” draws tinkling Edgar Allan Poe piano and Frankenstein-sized guitar riffs for a brief interlude in between the solid hard rock blasts of “Caffeine” and “A Runaway Train,” a track that sounds like the Rolling Stones’ “Live With Me” given a 2011 makeover. “I Am Made of You” jacks up the Auto-Tune. Ke$ha duets on the laser-pop of “What Baby Wants.” “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever” dismisses disco thirty-five years after the fact and with a pretty strong electro-pop groove. “Something to Remember Me By” is the power ballad that proves even a ghoulish monster has a heart. The Deluxe Edition of the album features a growling cover of the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” and an extensive interview with Cooper.
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WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE