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Christgau Consumer Guide

AC/DC

by Robert Christgau on July 25, 1980


AC/DC

“BACK IN BLACK”

[Atlantic, 1980]


Replacing Aerosmith as primitives of choice among admirers of heavy machinery, these Aussies are a little too archetypal for my tastes. Angus Young does come up with killer riffs, though not as consistently as a refined person like myself might hope, and fresh recruit Brian Johnson sings like there’s a cattle prod at his scrotum, just the thing for fans who can’t decide whether their newfound testosterone is agony or ecstasy. AC/DC can’t decide either — “Shoot to Thrill,” “Given the Dog a Bone” and “Let Me Put My Love Into You” all concern the unimaginative sexual acts you’d imagine, and “What Do You Do for Money Honey” has a more limited set of answers than the average secretary would prefer. My sister’s glad they don’t write fantasy and science fiction, and if you’re female you’re free to share her relief. Brothers are more deeply implicated in these matters. 

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