Overview | #99: AC/DC – “Rock or Bust” (2014) Top Track | #99: AC/DC – “Rock or Bust” (2014)

Back in Black“Rock or Bust” is a pretty typical AC/DC effort: anthemic hard rock with big riffage and the word “rock” in the title. Ever since selling more than 20 million copies of 1980‘s Back in Black album in the United States alone, AC/DC has seen no reason to alter its attack, crafting songs meant to be played in stadiums to huge crowds. Not surprisingly, AC/DC hasn’t pushed the envelope artistically since then either, instead just churning out more of the same whenever new tunes are needed once in a while to give┬átheir setlist a shot in the arm. As a result, the band’s recordings over the past three and a half decades haven’t been very interesting — in fact, Rock or Bust is the first post-Back in Black AC/DC album I have listened to. It’s surprisingly solid — I gave it a good review — and the title track is my favorite song on it; it’s the only AC/DC song to appear on my Top Tracks of 2014 list.

Recommended listening:

  • AC/DC – “Back in Black” (1980)
  • AC/DC – “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” (1982)
  • AC/DC – “Thunderstruck” (1990)
  • AC/DC – “Rock N Roll Train” (2008)
  • AC/DC – “Emission Control” (2014)

Also, be sure to read Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s review of Rock or Bust on AllMusic if you are unfamiliar with “Rock or Bust” or AC/DC.

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