Picks and Pans Review: The Last Temptation

updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper's glory days as the king of early-'70s shock rock may be long gone, but he still commands respect in fairly hip circles, as evidenced by the participation here of alternative whippersnappers Don Fleming (leader of power pop act Gumball) and Chris Cornell of Sound-garden. The latter cowrote and sings on "Stolen Prayer," the album's best track, while Fleming produced a number of the rockers, whipping up a cheesy metal soufflé that is not without charm. Some advice: You will enjoy this a lot more if you skip the ballads (most are dreadful) and forget that this is supposed to be a concept album (an exploration of good and evil, with Alice as malevolent carnival barker). If such Stephen King-like storylines intrigue you, however, the album comes with a comic-book adaptation—the better to understand the great man's, uh, vision. (Epic)

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