So far, AC/DC have kept their Rock or Bust album under wraps. Two videos have surfaced: the lo-fi Play Ball, and the altogether more expensive (and exciting) title track. There have been listening parties in New York and Buenos Aires, and an official launch in the small town of The Rock, New South Wales. Selected journalists in London were invited to listen to the album once, in a small club in Soho, but had to sign a document confirming they wouldn't write about what they heard. And now, without fanfare, the band have made the album available to stream on iTunes ahead of its release on Monday. Here's what we thought.
First Listen: AC/DC's Rock Or Bust
At last, AC/DC's new album, their first since 2008's Black Ice, is upon us
**Rock Or Bust
**Here we go, and it all begins with a staccato riff that brings to mind Nervous Shakedown. But it quickly opens up into one of those anthemic, rollicking drives AC/DC have always done so well. And the lyrical philosophy is a belligerent celebration of the music we all love.
Another call to arms, DC style. The opening salvo harks back to the era of For Those About To Rock, with Angus peppering the melody with one of his trademark incantations. It's so simple and catchy that you'd think anyone could do this. But it's also a reminder that nobody delivers like AC/DC.