Billboard

Originally Published: July 06, 1991

Hey Stoopid Album Review

ALICE COOPER
Hey Stoopid

Producer(s): Peter Collins
Epic 46786

It must be the '90s if Alice Cooper is singing an anti-drug anthem -- and he's joined by Ozzy Osborne and Slash. Well it is, and the good news is that Cooper is aging beautifully. Several notches above 1989's platinum "Trash," "Stoopid" features stellar musicianship that makes tracks like midtempo "Love's A Loaded Gun" and the venomous "Snakebite" stand out. But the key here is Cooper's sinister vocals, which the next generation of rockers have imitated but never duplicated. Additionally, Cooper's always known that metal doesn't have to be loud to be menancing -- some of the best tracks here are quietly terrifying.