Originally Published: August 1989

Alice Cooper: Trash (Epic)

Alice Cooper's comeback seemed to be on solid artistic ground with '87's Raise Your Fist And Yell, a passionate aural horror story that bristled with intricate musicianship and wonderfully sick gothic lyrics. But - perhaps disheartened by that LP's disappointing sales - Cooper changed labels and collaborated with Bon Jovi/Aerosmith/Joan Jett hit doctor Desmond Child. The result is a confusing and listless group of catchy tunes calculated for airplay, kinda like Bon Jovi death metal. (Jon, don't try this at home.) And Alice's heart's not in it. Spend that cash for his early works on CD instead.