Before there was a Rob Zombie and before there was a Marilyn Manson, there was Alice Cooper. The legendary rock and roll showman and unequivocal sovereign of shock rock is back with his first album since 2011 called “Paranormal.” Everything about this album screams old school Alice from the title to the production to the songs themselves.

From the opening of the ghostly title track, it’s clear from the start that Alice hasn’t lost a step. The songwriting is outstanding with a classic 70’s rock vibe powered by a world class group of musicians. There’s a great mix of straight up rockers with the screaming guitar of “Dead Flies” and the evil groove of “Paranoiac Personality” with lyrics running the gamut from apocalyptic to the tried and true
topic of love. The record has a real fun feel to it with classic crank up the radio cruising tunes like “Dynamite Road” and “You and All of Your Friends.” Throughout it all, Alice’s signature vocals sound amazing and effortless. It’s hard to believe that he has been making records for almost 50 years. Producer Bob Ezrin also did a superb job of keeping the vintage Cooper sound without making the record
sound dated. As an added bonus, there are six live tracks including some of his biggest hits “School’s Out” and “Only Women Bleed.”

With 27 albums under his belt, countless accolades, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cooper has nothing left to prove. Yet, the master of mayhem does just that with one of his best albums to date. School may be out for summer so pick up your copy of “Paranormal” and get a little rock and roll education, Alice style.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.