Alice Cooper – Paranormal
- Dead Flies
- Paranoiac Personality
- Fallen in Love
- Dynamite Road
- Private Public Breakdown
- Holy Water
- The Sound of A
- Genuine American Girl
- You and All of Your Friends
Alice Cooper – Lead Vocals
Michael Bruce, Steve Hunter, Billy Gibbons, Tommy Denander, Nick Didkovsky – Guitar
Tommy Henriksen, Parker Gispert – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dennis Dunaway, Roger Glover, Jimmie Lee Sloas – Bass
Neal Smith, Larry Mullen, Jr. – Drums
Bob Ezrin – Keyboards, Organ, Backing Vocals
Producer: Bob Ezrin
As was the case with Alice’s previous solo release, 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, you could just as easily credit this album to “Alice Cooper & Friends” given the name talent involved. Then again, isn’t that what Hollywood Vampires essentially is already? All surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band are back to lend a hand as they did on the previous release, plus there’s Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, U2’s Larry Mullen Jr., and longtime Alice collaborator Steve Hunter all pitching in.
While Alice may have enlisted a few well-known friends again, the difference between Paranormal and the last two Alice Cooper albums (Welcome 2 and 2008’s Along Came a Spider) is that Paranomal is not a concept album. I’m thankful for that because sometimes I think having a concept can way down an album and the music can suffer when you’re trying to tell a story.
I’ve skimmed through a few reviews elsewhere online to get a feel for how the album is being received. It seems like most people are enjoying it, but they saying it’s an album that you need to let grow on you. I agree in regard to a few songs.
“Dead Flies” and “Fireball” were not immediately pleasing to my ears. I initially regarded both tracks are filler, but after multiple listens, I love both of them. They both have an early Alice Cooper fuzzy rock vibe to them.
The title track itself is amazing and classic Alice, in my opinion. I loved it when I first heard it. Alice has been quoting as saying his intention was to create something creepy and in the vibe of “I Love the Dead” or “Sick Things”. He succeeded. It wouldn’t sound of it place on DaDa.
Another highlight is “The Sound of A”. It was supposedly written by Alice back in 1967 and Dennis Dunaway brought it into the Paranormal sessions and had to remind Alice that he was the one who wrote it. It’s a swirling psychedelic song that reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd.
“Genuine American Girl” and “You and All Your Friends” are being promoted as being written & performed by the remaining member of the original Alice Cooper band (Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway & Neal Smith), but I’ve seen various sites online credit others, so who really knows. “Genuine American Girl” is a fun ’50s doo-wop type of rocker.
Paranormal is a very good album that I can’t see any Alice Cooper fan having any issue with. You’ve got the original Alice Cooper band, classic and modern Alice collaborators such as Steve Hunter, Tommy Denander & Tommy Henriksen, and Bob Ezrin producing. There’s plenty of songs to like and love here for fans of the original band, Welcome to My Nighmare, and Alice’s previous four albums.
Highlights: “Paranormal”, “Dead Flies”, “Fireball”, “Private Public Breakdown”, “The Sound of A”, “Genuine American Girl”