AC/DC
The Razors Edge


3.5
great

Review

by MusicSlayerHQ USER (3 Reviews)
December 24th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: fans had all but given up on there beloved band... Until they released THE RAZORS EDGE

The 80s were not very kind to AC/DC. After releasing Back In Black (you may have heard of it) the boys were under pressure to bring out an album that was as good, if not better than BIB. Sadly, this never happened, although albums like: For Those About To Rock and Flick Of The Switch are good in there own right, they didn't have that certain quality that made BIB such a fantastic record. By the time Blow Up Your Video was released, people had forgotten who AC/DC were and fans had all but given up on there beloved band...

Until they released THE RAZORS EDGE. This album was a kick in teeth for most fans, as most were expecting another ***ty album. But AC/DC said no, and instead released there best album in years. One of the great things about the record is the sound, the band sound pumped and ready to play rock 'n' roll, while they sounded tired and didnt give two pigeons on there previous efforts.

There new drummer Chris Slade is a machine, although the groove that Rudd had isn't as prominent, Slade makes up for it by the sheer force and power he presents throughout the album. The last thing you will notice is Brian's vocals, they have a much more raspy quality than on previous records, and although they dont sound as good as they once where, they still have that classic Johnson groove.

The album opens with Thunderstruck, which goes along side songs like Back In Black and Highway To Hell as one of AC/DCS most well known songs. The main riff has more in common with a lead solo than it does a rhythm part, which makes it unique as no other AC/DC song has that. The song as a whole is fantastic and a fan favorite. Fire Your Guns follows, and is more like the classics the band have wrote in the past with a fast, simple riff, a catchy chorus and a bluesy solo from Angus, all make for a great package from the boys.

Moneytalks is the most upbeat song on the album, with a cheery riff and a ridiculously catchy chorus, its another great song. The Razors Edge is more serious song which is due to the riff being very ...I dont know, but its not your average AC/DC riff. The song itself is very enjoyable and props to the Young brothers for writing such an awesome riff. Are You Ready has a great chorus and a great riff (its AC/DC, how do you expect me to say that this is a great song).

After those 5 songs, the album goes into hit or miss mode. Mistress For Christmas has a very cheesy Christmas riff and doesn't deliver anything amazing. Rock Your Heart Out is a boring, poorly written song, as are Goodbye And Good Riddance To Bad Luck and If You Dare. Shot Of Love and Let's Make It are both good track but, again nothing special.

So overall, The albums positives far outweigh its negatives. The first 5 songs I mentioned are among the best the boys have ever written while the other 2 I said were good are by no means bad, and the production, tight performance and the lyrics only help to make all those songs better.


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ChopSuey
December 23rd 2012


2506 Comments


these guys are so overrated

Sapient.
December 23rd 2012


1109 Comments


a decent comeback for these guys in terms of quality, Money Talks is one of my favorite AC/DC songs. pos'd

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2012


32190 Comments


The Razors Edge is more serious song which is due to the riff being very ...I dont know, but its not your average AC/DC riff.


So it's original?

TheNotrap
December 23rd 2012


8684 Comments


Deviant's avatar rules.


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TheNotrap
December 23rd 2012


8684 Comments


Band rules btw.


MusicSlayerHQ
December 23rd 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thats the word.

MusicSlayerHQ
December 23rd 2012


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, that part is pointless

tommygun
December 23rd 2012


26723 Comments


bad review, neg

learn the difference between there, their and they're

ChopSuey
December 23rd 2012


2506 Comments


there= location

they're= they are

ChopSuey
December 23rd 2012


2506 Comments


there= location

they're= they are


zaruyache
December 23rd 2012


18472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Proofread your stuff more. Good album.

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Atari
Staff Reviewer
December 23rd 2012


22988 Comments


thunderstruck is the only song i've heard on this album but it rules

mindleviticus
December 23rd 2012


9231 Comments


I liked this when I was 10 but now I'm older and this stuff is okay now. Also mediocre review.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2012


4501 Comments


I've always enjoyed this band's music, and this album is definitely among their more entertaining ones during the latter period.

"The Razor's Edge" and "Thunderstruck" are the main jams.

thetempler
October 3rd 2013


75 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this band and defo a step up with this production is very good compared to the past few efforts some great tracks thunderstruck razors edge money talks not a classic but certinly worth a place in anyone cd collection

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 4th 2014


10839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Could have been a 3.5 but album takes a dive towards the end.

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deslad
August 12th 2014


607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album, a serious improvement compared to Blow Up Your Video.

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zaruyache
October 10th 2014


18472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ballbreaker had some passable tracks, and so did Stiff Upper Lip. They weren't great albums, but they had some decent bare-bones rock'n'roll tracks to them. Black Ice was completely boring, though.

Davil667
October 10th 2014


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

last good ac/dc album [2]

miketunneyiscool123
October 16th 2014


5518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Passable entertainment. After Highway To Hell, these guys became seriously hit-or-miss for me.



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