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Road

Alice Cooper

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At 75 years old, few artists are still inclined to take risks. Their career is made: why risk the criticism when it’s so easy to finish the journey gently, shaded by past successes? Vincent Furnier is decidedly not of this breed. Better yet: for the first time in his career, he has proposed his live line-up (different from the musicians who normally accompany him in the studio) to write a collaborative album to tell the story of life on the road. The aptly-titled Road is thus coherent, yet varied. It’s even a euphemism, since the album contains all of the diversity of Coop’s albums from the 70s (From the Inside, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell…).


Only the entirely modern production relocates the album in the present. You can listen to this opus in one go, without ever wanting to skip to the next track, since each is calibrated as a “single”, leaving no time for anything superfluous or too long. You love punchy rock? “Welcome to the Show, Big Boots” (with its honky tonk piano) and “Rules of the Road” – which even lets you try acrobatic rock on for size – will be to your liking. You love heavy metal? “Dead Don’t Dance”, “White Line Frankenstein” and “The Big Goodbye” will give you your dose of big, bad riffs. Stadium anthems are your thing? “All Over the World” is for you. Want to quiet things down? “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “100 More Miles”, judiciously placed at the end of the album, are more soothing (although they are by no means ballads).


Name dropping tracks may not be wildly elegant, but such a panorama of influences can’t be described without ruffling some feathers. Let’s also remember that papa Alice always brilliantly wields a tongue-and-cheek humour, like on the amusing “Big Boots” that plays with harmonies, on “Go Away”, whose lyrics describe him getting harassed by a groupie. Equally, “Road Rats Forever” is a deliciously overt wink at Canned Heat’s “On the Road Again”. In spite of his age, Cooper doesn’t purr like an old cat on the couch. The troublemaker still plays with his ball of yarn like a kitten, and Road seriously makes us want to play with him.  © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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1
I'm Alice
00:03:55

Kee Marcello, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ryan Roxie, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Anders Fästander, Composer, Lyricist - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By K. Marcello, MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By R. Roxie, MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

2
Welcome to the Show
00:03:36

Tommy Henriksen, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Glen Sobel, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Roxie, Composer, Lyricist - Chuck Garric, Composer, Lyricist - Nita Strauss, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Crossbone Skully Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By R. Roxie, MusicPublisher - Nita Strauss Inc (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sadhana Productions (SESAC), MusicPublisher - Sobelsongs (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

3
All over the World
00:03:52

Tommy Henriksen, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Glen Sobel, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Roxie, Composer, Lyricist - Chuck Garric, Composer, Lyricist - Nita Strauss, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Crossbone Skully Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By R. Roxie, MusicPublisher - Nita Strauss Inc (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sadhana Productions (SESAC), MusicPublisher - Sobelsongs (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

4
Dead Don't Dance
00:03:30

Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Kane Roberts, Composer, Lyricist - Evan Magness, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Evan Magness (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Unsung Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

5
Go Away
00:04:20

Keith Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Kfnelsongs (ASCAP) Administered By Universal Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

6
White Line Frankenstein
00:03:40

Tom Morello, Composer, Lyricist, FeaturedArtist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - LBV Songs (BMI), MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

7
Big Boots
00:03:14

Tommy Henriksen, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Glen Sobel, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Roxie, Composer, Lyricist - Chuck Garric, Composer, Lyricist - Nita Strauss, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Crossbone Skully Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By R. Roxie, MusicPublisher - Nita Strauss Inc (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sadhana Productions (SESAC), MusicPublisher - Sobelsongs (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

8
Rules of the Road
00:03:48

Wayne Kramer, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Thirteenth Hour Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

9
The Big Goodbye
00:03:32

Tommy Henriksen, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Glen Sobel, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Roxie, Composer, Lyricist - Chuck Garric, Composer, Lyricist - Nita Strauss, Composer, Lyricist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Crossbone Skully Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Copyright Control By R. Roxie, MusicPublisher - Nita Strauss Inc (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Sadhana Productions (SESAC), MusicPublisher - Sobelsongs(BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

10
Road Rats Forever
00:04:04

DICK WAGNER, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Spirit One Music Crescendo (BMI), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

11
Baby Please Don't Go
00:03:29

Keith Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Kfnelsongs (ASCAP) Administered By Universal Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

12
100 More Miles
00:03:04

Bob Ezrin, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Alice Cooper, Composer, Lyricist, Artist, MainArtist - Chuck Garric, Composer, Lyricist - Jim Bacchi, Composer, Lyricist - Tikiyaki Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Ezra Music (BMI) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Ezrinized Tunes (SOCAN) administered by Universal Music Publishing for Primary Wave Music, MusicPublisher - Sadhana Productions (SESAC), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

13
Magic Bus
00:03:39

Bob Ezrin, Producer - Alice Cooper, Artist, MainArtist - Pete Townshend, Composer, Lyricist - Essex Music Inc. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Fabulous Music Lts (PRS), MusicPublisher

2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH. 2023 earMUSIC, a label of Edel Music & Entertainment GmbH.

Album review

At 75 years old, few artists are still inclined to take risks. Their career is made: why risk the criticism when it’s so easy to finish the journey gently, shaded by past successes? Vincent Furnier is decidedly not of this breed. Better yet: for the first time in his career, he has proposed his live line-up (different from the musicians who normally accompany him in the studio) to write a collaborative album to tell the story of life on the road. The aptly-titled Road is thus coherent, yet varied. It’s even a euphemism, since the album contains all of the diversity of Coop’s albums from the 70s (From the Inside, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell…).


Only the entirely modern production relocates the album in the present. You can listen to this opus in one go, without ever wanting to skip to the next track, since each is calibrated as a “single”, leaving no time for anything superfluous or too long. You love punchy rock? “Welcome to the Show, Big Boots” (with its honky tonk piano) and “Rules of the Road” – which even lets you try acrobatic rock on for size – will be to your liking. You love heavy metal? “Dead Don’t Dance”, “White Line Frankenstein” and “The Big Goodbye” will give you your dose of big, bad riffs. Stadium anthems are your thing? “All Over the World” is for you. Want to quiet things down? “Baby Please Don’t Go” and “100 More Miles”, judiciously placed at the end of the album, are more soothing (although they are by no means ballads).


Name dropping tracks may not be wildly elegant, but such a panorama of influences can’t be described without ruffling some feathers. Let’s also remember that papa Alice always brilliantly wields a tongue-and-cheek humour, like on the amusing “Big Boots” that plays with harmonies, on “Go Away”, whose lyrics describe him getting harassed by a groupie. Equally, “Road Rats Forever” is a deliciously overt wink at Canned Heat’s “On the Road Again”. In spite of his age, Cooper doesn’t purr like an old cat on the couch. The troublemaker still plays with his ball of yarn like a kitten, and Road seriously makes us want to play with him.  © Charlélie Arnaud/Qobuz

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