AC/DC Album Review
Back In Black
AC/DC are an Australian hard rock group formed in 1973 by Scottish brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. Having sold an excess of 150 million albums worldwide; their name needs no introduction, with Back in Black ranking as the second highest selling album of all time right behind Michael Jackson’s thriller.
But let’s not forget the fact that Back in Black is also the best selling hard rock album of all time. Unfortunately, with success came tragedy. During the album production process, the enigmatic vocalist Bon Scott met his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning on the 19th of February 1980. The band was on the verge of a break-up until the band members chanced upon Brian Johnson, whom they considered to be a worthy replacement for their late front-man. Back in Black was one among the many albums that the band produced, released just 5 months after Bon Scott’s death, and was considered as a tribute to the late singer.
It contains some of AC/DC’s biggest hits, like “Hells Bells”, “Shoot to Thrill”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and the title track “Back in Black” which was ranked No.4 by VH1 in their list of 40 Greatest Metal Songs.
Once again, the Young brothers continue to pepper the tracks with some of the most immense and instantly recognizable guitar riffs in music history. From the intro and main riffs of ‘Back in Black’, to the church bells in ‘Hells Bells’, Back in Black has some of the most well-known AC/DC songs, with some of them continuing to be anthems for most teens today.
With the current average age of the band members being 60, AC/DC have been making music for over three decades and have showed no signs of slowing down or letting up.
With their legacy spanning three generations, AC/DC, has been providing the world with great music, which will be remembered long into the future. This clearly shows that they are not in it for the big bucks and fame but merely for the pleasure of music and influence millions. For any fan of rock n roll out there, Back in Black is an absolute must.