For decades AC/DC is one of the top Heavy Metal/Rock bands worldwide. They’ve released a total of 16 (15 internationally) albums and with Rock or Bust they show that they are not ready to leave the stage just yet. Now I’m not necessarily an AC/DC fan though I do love a lot of their classic songs like Highway To Hell and Hells Bells.
As a guitar teacher I use AC/DC songs a lot for beginning guitarists who want to master the heavy metal/hard rock genre. In that sense I’m very happy with Rock Or Bust. Young kids want to play the latest tunes and AC/DC is helping to keep their genre appealing to them. The album has got a number of easy songs that are still a lot of fun to play like Rock or Bust, Sweet Candy, or Miss Adventure. For intermediate guitarists the riffs played in Rock The House and Emission Control are worth checking out.
The first tutorial requests are already in for this album and I’ll probably do 3-4 song/riff tutorials. Still, there is a “but” coming. The production of the album is probably too compressed for my taste. I can’t listen to it for too long because my ears get tired after a while. Some of the songs will have to grow on me over time but overall this is a great album that AC/DC fans will love!
My Favourite TracksRock Or Bust Awesome Guitar Solo
Rock The House Killer Guitar Riff!
Play Ball Love The Chorus & Solo
Miss Adventure Great Riff For Beginners
What I Love
- Great solos from guitar master Angus Young
- Great riffs for beginning and intermediate guitarists
- A great addition for AC/DC fans
Not So Much
- Somehow I didn't like how the cd was produced. My ears tire quickly when listening to the album.
- Would like it if there were a few more up tempo songs.
Rock or Bust was brought to my attention by a student of mine and after hearing the first songs I bought the album. It is a great addition to any rock guitarists album collection. The combination of easy to play riffs and kick ass solos is kind of unique within this genre. It makes great study material for starting guitarists (rhythm) and for more advanced lead guitarists (solos).
We'll see how the album holds up over time but even though it is a great album I'm not sure there are songs on there that will get the same status like "whole lotta rosie", "back in black", "thunderstruck", and other AC/DC classics.