Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly - 23rd April 1999

Entertainment Weekly
(April 23, 1999)

Originally Published: April 23, 1999

Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper Album Review

Alice Cooper: The Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper
(Warner Archives/Rhino)

Unlike some latter-day shock-rockers, the Coop understood the value of a good song, and this four-CD retrospective is packed with 'em, from garagey, pre-AC gems like "Don't Blow Your Mind" to classic teenage wasteland anthems like "School's Out." The first two discs are especially revelatory, tracing the band's metamorphosis from na´ve Yardbirds copyists to sicko psychedelicists to the definitively tough, tuneful hard-rock unit they became in the '70s. Hey, kids: Skip those Marilyn Manson tickets and invest in this instead. B+