Picks and Pans Review: Blow Up Your Video

updated 04/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/04/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

AC/DC

"Get ready to rock/ Get ready to roll." Those are the first words of the first song on this album. Okay, it's a simple, even simplistic sentiment, but it expresses a promise (or maybe a threat) on which this raunchy Aussie quintet always delivers. Blow Up Your Video, however, isn't one of the group's better outings by any means (just listen to the track Two's Up—yecch). Subtleties aren't important, though, because Angus Young and his lads have the hard, fast and loud formula down so pat. You could cryogenically freeze AC/DC, thaw them out in 400 years, and they'd probably roll out of their pods, plug in their instruments and pin back your ears with diesel-powered rock like Go Zone (one of the album's better efforts). Take those cinder block blues-rock chords, have Brian Johnson shout some incendiary lyrics in his raspy, bear-hugged voice and throw in some of Angus' crispy, hell-for-leather guitar solos and AC/DC can't go wrong. That even goes for Blow Up Your Video, when they're really not going all that right. (Atlantic)

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