The final review of Oztoberfest is upon us, and it is the Australian rock giant’s fifth studio album. Why this one? Well it was the first one that came into my head.
So let’s get into it. The great Lebrain famously once said that one does not review an AC/DC album as much as they just read out the song titles. So we’ll start with the songs I rocked out to: “Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation”, “Riff Raff”, “What’s Next To The Moon” and “Up To My Neck In You”. Then we’ll get to the songs that were merely alright and not too memorable: “Gimme a Bullet”, “Sin City” and “Kicked in the Teeth”. And lastly, the songs that I found next to no enjoyment in: “Down Payment Blues” and “Gone Shootin’”.
While there were songs I liked, I found the album as a whole to have a sameness to it. It was just endless riffing. Yes, I know that’s kind of their shtick, but the most popular AC/DC songs always had distinct and memorable choruses that set them apart from each other and got them stuck in the listener’s head. The only song that is like that on this album is “Rock ’n’ Roll Damnation”.
So in the end, Powerage was really kind of underwhelming.
The verdict- 3/5 stars
But we’re still going to end Oztoberfest on a bang. We might not have enough time for any more artist dives, but there’ll be a killer song of the week on Sunday.