Was AC/DC’s ‘The Razors Edge’ Their Big Comeback?!? | Album Review

I’ve been all over the place with my AC/DC reviews recently. But this time, I’m going to take on the band’s follow-up to Blow Up Your Video (1988). I reviewed that album back in August, which you can find over here. Anyway, today we’re focusing on The Razors Edge (1990), which supposedly is AC/DC “comeback” album; I say otherwise, however. 

The Razors Edge, released on Sept. 21, 1990, was the band’s 12th studio album released and 11th album released internationally. It is the first (and only) AC/DC album to feature Chris Slade on drums; in case you don’t know, I’m not a fan of Slade’s drumming, so this should be interesting!

“Thunderstruck” wins for the best song to start an album; that song freaking slaps! During live performances, it’s another story, with the audience participation in the “thunder” chants, that riff, Brian Johnson’s screeching vocals, and the pounding drums. Just wow! “Fire Your Guns” took me some getting used to; I went from disliking it entirely to being ok with the track. It is a faster tempo; probably the closest Slade will get to as a human metronome. I’m not a fan of the guys saying “fire your guns” over and over again, but the song itself is not bad.

I mostly like “Moneytalks” because it’s fun to sing, “Come on, come on, love me for the money / Come on, come on, listen to the Moneytalk.” It’s the band’s highest-charting single in the U.S. (peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100), which is odd because there are much better AC/DC tracks than “Moneytalks,” but I still dig it! “The Razors Edge” is ok, but it’s not the best track on the album. I do, however, love the dramatic feel to it, Angus Young does a unique fingerpicking, and the riff kicks a**! 

“Mistress for Christmas” is hilarious, and it’s the band’s only Christmas song, I believe. I’m sure most Christmas songs wouldn’t have the lyrics, “Get a date with the woman in red / Wanna be in heaven with three in a bed,” but who cares? It’s AC/DC! Thank goodness you can hear Cliff William’s bass in “Rock Your Little Heart Out.” It’s a hard-rocking tune where everyone gets to shine. After The Razors Edge, Brian Johnson’s vocals started to go downhill, but he still manages on the following albums; also, as I said before, his energy and spirit make up for it.

“Are You Ready” is, um, how do I put it without offending anyone? As background music, it kicks a**, but the title sounds cheesy and a bit much, even for the band. Instead of asking if we’re ready for a good time, give us a good time already! People are impatient these days. Maybe I’m taking the song way more seriously than it needs to be, but luckily, AC/DC redeemed themselves with a much more appropriate track for them, “Got You By the Balls.” No complaints about that one.

I got into “Shot of Love” because of Aaron and Mike, both of them I met through WordPress (go check out their blogs for great music reviews). That song made me do a double-take on The Razors Edge album, and for that, I thank them for it. Blast that thing in your car, and your life will be complete! “Let’s Make It” has a good groove, but I don’t like how they fit the syllables into the chorus (“Let’s make it, don’t waste it / Let’s make it come on and taste it”). I think the band could’ve aimed for a much stronger one because it sounds awkward to sing.

“Goodbye and Good Riddance to Bad Luck” gets a thumbs up from me for a title that pretty much sums up my whole life! “If You Dare” ended the album on a high note, and hallelujah, William’s bass is noticeable once again. I love that you can hear his bass during Angus Young’s guitar solo; thank you, AC/DC, for giving Williams the credit he deserves.

I think The Razors Edge is an improvement from Blow Up Your Video. I didn’t do a rating for it at the time, so I’d give Blow Up Your Video a 2.5 out of 5 stars, while The Razors Edge would be 3.5 out of 5 stars. I’d also give Slade’s drumming 4 out of 5 stars because he did a good job keeping listeners’ adrenaline pumping. I’ll cut him some slack because of future circumstances. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, despite not being a fan, but yeah!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite song is from AC/DC’s ‘The Razors Edge’!

Take care and see ya real soon!

Lana

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    1. Oh wow, so this album was a big deal for you! It’s so cool reading everyone’s opinion on different albums in a band’s career. Glad I got you in the mood for ‘The Razors Edge.’ Thanks for reading John!

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  1. Great write-up Lana, nailed it! Shot Of Love is a killer, I love it. I dig Fire Your Guns too, but I was always a sucker for the fast ones. You made me laugh out loud with this, “Instead of asking if we’re ready for a good time, give us a good time already! People are impatient these days.” Damn right! It’s like Trooper’s We’re Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time). Great sentiment, but the song goes on forever! Get on with it, already! Gah. Anyway. Rock on, Lana! \m/ \m/

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    1. Haha! I’m glad you enjoyed my point about “Are You Ready;” I never got into it. That Trooper song has a good title, but yikes doesn’t that contradict the point of the song if it’s too long? The faster tracks are cool. I remember when you did the deep cuts list for AC/DC, you were in the mood for fast tracks, so that’s what you chose (I believe). For me, AC/DC is loud and makes you want to headbang, which is what matters to me. Though “Ride On” is a good song as well. Glad you enjoyed the review Aaron. Rock on!

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  2. I was in high school when The Razors Edge came out. Along with Ozzy’s No More Tears album, it was all anyone talked about. I think that buzz is why it is seen as a comeback album. Shot of Love made my AC/DC deep cuts list so I approve of Mike and Aaron getting you to give it another chance! I love Are You Ready? but I suppose they could get to the point a little quicker, lol

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    1. The buzz would make sense and oddly enough Amazon recommended me Ozzy’s No More Tears album today haha. “Shot of Love” was on your list as well? I must’ve forgot, you all chose a lot of the same songs for that live stream. Thanks for sharing your memories of ‘The Razors Edge’ and thanks for reading Kevin!

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      1. Well you are the AC/DC expert haha! You gave some Pantera knowledge and AC/DC knowledge on the new releases episode too! By the way, I love it when youΚ»re on MikeΚ»s show, I should take notes on your band knowledge lol!

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      2. Don’t we all lol! By the way, just for an opinion, I’ve noticed Phil Rudd had glasses when he returned to AC/DC back in 1994 and he kept wearing glasses till around 2010 (or 2014). This might be a stupid question to ask, but why did he get glasses?

        That’s been on my mind for a while.

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      3. Ah genetics and getting old, that makes sense. Similar thing happened to Roger Taylor when he got prescription sunglasses in the later years of Queen.

        Phil must’ve got contacts then if he doesn’t wear glasses now.

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  3. Great album. I mean for them they got an all time classic out of ThunderStruck that is still played all the time. Over 30 years later thats all you can really ask for. For the fans though lots of good bits on here.

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    1. That’s true, “Thunderstruck” is a banger and it’s one of the best songs written ever! I get sick of a lot of big hit songs, but I haven’t gotten sick of that one yet. Glad you enjoy the album Deke and thanks for reading!

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