Originally Published: July 2000
Author: Valerie Potter
Godfather of schlock quits the golf course long enough to make first solo album in six years.
Mixed feelings start when Alice Cooper's latest release opens with an uncharacteristically downbeat title track. However, even if his apocalyptic vision of the future - the theme for this record - is unrelentingly dark, once the choruses of songs such as Sanctuary and Wicked Young Man kick in, things start to motor. Gimme and Eat Some More are savage, yet catchy, indictments of Western consumerism, while Take It Like A Woman is an Only Women Bleed for the new millennium, and the wicked hilarity of It's The Little Things is balanced by Pick Up The Bones, a truly chilling closing. Brutal Planet is a slow grower, but certainly Cooper's best since '89's Trash