ARTIST:

AC/DC

(AUSTRALIA)
TITLE:

POWER UP

(2020)
LABEL:

SONY MUSIC

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Guitar-Hero, High-pitched vocals, Old School, Rasping vocals
"As unexpected as it is exciting, "Power Up" is maybe the best AC/DC album in a long time."
LOLOCELTIC (13.11.2020)  
4/5
(0) opinions from our readers (4) comment(s)

So this one, we must admit that we hadn't hoped for it anymore. Small state of affairs at the end of 2017: George and Malcolm Young died, the first being the mentor of the band founded by his brothers, the second no longer having to be introduced. Phil Rudd is stuck in New Zealand for legal problems without it being possible to know if he is kicked out of the group or just suspended until his situation is resolved. Brian Johnson suffers from serious hearing problems and has to give way to Axl Rose (Guns'n'Roses) in the middle of his tour, again without it being clear whether he is being excluded by Angus or just waiting for a hypothetical recovery. Finally, Cliff Williams announces his departure at the end of the tour, claiming wear and tear due to age, but implying that he no longer recognizes himself in a band of which Angus is the last historical member. "Rock Or Bust" (2014) not having been particularly convincing, the end seemed inevitable for AC/DC, leaving the regret of a botched curtain-raiser unworthy of such a legend. And then, following a skillfully orchestrated teasing, "Power Up" arrived in our ears with its entire historic line-up still alive.

Let's not waste time to dwell and let's answer without delay to the grumpy people who will not fail to announce that this opus is without surprise : hey guys, it's AC/DC ! What were you waiting for? An accordion solo? A ballad with violins? A twenty-minute space-rock title? AC/DC does AC/DC and that's what we expect from him. If you were hoping for something else, go ahead and let us enjoy this new opus because, besides being unhoped for, "Power Up" is an excellent vintage from the Young Cie. The first single, 'Shot In The Dark', hasn't lied about the merchandise to come with its jubilant riff, vicious two-way lyrics and unstoppable, haunting chorus. 

No dead time to be deplored, even if it is clear that some titles are based on previously used ideas. This is the case of the chorus gimmick of 'Realize' which immediately refers to that of 'Thunderstruck' ("The Razors Edge" - 1990). 'Whole Lotta Rosie' ("Let There Be Rock" - 1977) is not far on the introduction of 'Demon Fire', second single with a riff and a tempo that melts the asphalt and dislodges the cervicals. As for the groovy boogie-hard rock of 'Wild Reputation', it reminds us of the era of 'Powerage' (1978). But no copy and paste here, just nods to a past rich in unforgettable songs. And while we'll avoid a boring description of each track, we won't be able to ignore some of them either. Whether it's the nasty 'Rejection', the surprising 'Through The Mists Of Time' with its slightly more convoluted rhythmic structure and unusual touch of melancholy, the reptilian and unstoppable 'Kick You When You're Down', the torrid 'No Man's Land' or the virile 'Systems Down', chances are they'll squat your headphones for a long time to come.

Propelled by its unjustly underestimated rhythmic pair in which Phil Rudd proves that, if he's not the best drummer in the world, he's the best drummer for AC/DC, the quintet proves that it's not over yet. "Power Up" is undoubtedly the best album of the Australian legend for a long time and it would be a wonderful testament if Angus and his band decided to stop now, which we obviously don't wish. In the meantime, what a joy to be able to enjoy such an opus, as unexpected as it is exciting.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Realize - 3:37
02. Rejection - 4:06
03. Shot In The Dark - 3:05
04. Through The Mists Of Time - 3:32
05. Kick You When You're Down - 3:10
06. Witch's Spell - 3:42
07. Demon Fire - 3:30
08. Wild Reputation - 2:54
09. No Man's Land - 3:39
10. Systems Down - 3:12
11. Money Shot - 3:05
12. Code Red - 3:31

LINEUP:
Angus Young: Guitares
Brian Johnson: Chant
Cliff Williams: Basse
Phil Rudd: Batterie
Stevie Young: Guitares
   
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KINGEDDIE - 19/11/2020 22:33:10
  0
@elbondo57
Quel enthousiasme ! Même si personne ne songe à dénigrer le parcours exceptionnel d'ACDC, je suis très perplexe sur ton analyse musicale de ces morceaux : dire que les riffs les plus simples sont les plus durs à mettre en place, c'est un peu court ! Tout le monde sait que ce qui caractérise ACDC c'est le rythme binaire sur une structure blues simplifiée à son maximum... alors de temps en temps ça donne un résultat"idéal" mais à la longue, c'est un peu répétitif ! D'autant que la structure générale des morceaux est très très souvent la même,ce qui accentue encore cette sensation de déjà entendu ! Bon c'est ACDC, c'est comme ça,on les aime aussi pour ça mais on a le droit d'être un poil déçu...
NEWF - 13/11/2020 14:16:20
  3
Il faut saluer l’effort d’un groupe qui aurait pu mourir 10 fois et qui est toujours là. Il faut quand même avoir une sacrée foi dans le rock and roll pour continuer à composer et enregistrer, alors que le groupe pourrait très bien vivre des royalties et aller à la pêche. Cela dit, il manque quelque chose à cet album. Ce quelque chose, c’est le sens du groove incomparable de Malcolm, l’éternel guitariste de l’ombre dont on ne dira jamais assez qu’il était le son d’AC/DC, autant sinon plus que Angus. Celui-ci ne s’y trompe d’ailleurs pas, puisqu’il privilégie la rythmique aux solos sur tout l’album. Hé oui, il faut bien 2 guitaristes (Angus et Stevie Young) pour supplanter l’absence de la rythmique de Malcolm. C’est peut-être finalement ça l’hommage ultime au frère disparu.
PROGRACER - 13/11/2020 11:55:09
  0
Certes c'est un album sans surprise, mais je le trouve plus homogène que leurs productions des années 2010. Pour ceux qui veulent juste du bon AC/DC, il va vous secouer les cervicales. À vos minerves !
KINGEDDIE - 09/11/2020 19:01:37
  1
J'ai déjà tenté de donner mon avis, apparemment sans succès.. pour résumer : si tu es fan d'ACDC, alors cet album te ravira puisque tu n'attends rien d'autre que le successeur de Rock or Bust qui t'avait à l'époque rempli de joie !! Pas de surprise,sauf peut-être un mid-tempo à peine mélodique " through the mists of time" sinon circulez, c'est comme avant ! Si tu es juste comme moi un"sympatisant" du quintet australien, alors rien de neuf au pays des kangourous, c'est comme avant, c'est à dire : vite écouté ( 36 minutes) et hélas vite oublié...bon c'est toujours mieux que ce qu'on entend à la radio...
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