Picks and Pans Review: The Razors Edge

updated 10/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/29/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

AC/DC

Could this be the album where AC/DC displays its contemplative, quiet side? Could it be the album where AC/DC gets political, with protest songs about the rain forest or something? Could The Razors Edge be the feel-good album of the fall?

Right, and could Michael Jackson be the next heavyweight champ of the world?

Forget it. Truth is, The Razors Edge is just another fine chapter in the book AC/DC has been writing for 15 years, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Heavy Metal.

Characteristically, the band never gets so carried away with speed and volume that it forgets to throw in a catchy pop hook to keep things interesting. There are actual songs here, not wads of noise.

The first single. "Thunderstruck," buzzes along not unlike the band's oldie, "Who Made Who," using a riff by ace guitarist Angus Young that leaves you feeling you just licked a light socket. "Fire Your Guns" and "Money Talks" are equally hummable, and "Shot of Love" is a Chuck Berry song with the amps cranked to 11. Through it all, lead screecher Brian Johnson continues to perform like the consummate metal mouth.

AC/DC: 15 years and still producing a beat you'll be proud to bang your head to. (Atco)

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