10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alice Cooper’s 10th studio album doesn’t play with the flowing continuity of a normal Alice Cooper album. In 1977 a many rock records were drowning in overproduction and Lace & Whiskey was no exception. And to further befuddle the fans who love Alice Cooper for his teenage delinquent anthems and onstage guillotine antics, Lace & Whiskey was somewhat of a conceptual album about Maurice Escargot — a film noir styled private eye. But amidst all that went wrong, there are still some bona-fide gems to be mined from the darker corners here. “It’s Hot Tonight” starts off the album on the right foot (or platform boot) with some of that dirty, greasy-haired, riff-rock and fiery imagery in the lyrics. The title track lets cinematic narrative and out-of-place elements (like castanets and generic backing vocals) overshadow the song, but the menacing “Road Rats” sounds like the hard rocking Alice Cooper that everyone knows and loves. “(No More) Love At Your Convenience” dangerously flirts with disco which was ultra-taboo during the “Disco Sucks” era. But “You And Me” makes up for it with winsome balladry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Alice Cooper’s 10th studio album doesn’t play with the flowing continuity of a normal Alice Cooper album. In 1977 a many rock records were drowning in overproduction and Lace & Whiskey was no exception. And to further befuddle the fans who love Alice Cooper for his teenage delinquent anthems and onstage guillotine antics, Lace & Whiskey was somewhat of a conceptual album about Maurice Escargot — a film noir styled private eye. But amidst all that went wrong, there are still some bona-fide gems to be mined from the darker corners here. “It’s Hot Tonight” starts off the album on the right foot (or platform boot) with some of that dirty, greasy-haired, riff-rock and fiery imagery in the lyrics. The title track lets cinematic narrative and out-of-place elements (like castanets and generic backing vocals) overshadow the song, but the menacing “Road Rats” sounds like the hard rocking Alice Cooper that everyone knows and loves. “(No More) Love At Your Convenience” dangerously flirts with disco which was ultra-taboo during the “Disco Sucks” era. But “You And Me” makes up for it with winsome balladry.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

thornebush5 ,

One of the Greats

There are few albums that I own that I can listen to over and over again from start to finish. Along with the majority of my Alice albums, this one really takes the cake. It's just an incredible album all around. If I could give it a 6 star rating, I would.

Dr. Length ,

Beware of the length of "You And Me"

This downloadable 'album' contains the single version of "You And Me", which runs 3:26. The original album version ran about 5 minutes. I-Tunes properly lists the length as 3:26, but any purist seeking the album version will have to look elsewhere.

TheMightyDoug ,

Oh Yah!

Not his absolute best, but definately up there. Alice Cooper rocks!

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