My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: School’s Out is the fifth album by the band Alice Cooper. It was recorded in 1972 and released in June of the same year.
What I think: I’m really surprised by how much I like this album. I was expecting heavy metal from start to finish, but that is certainly not what I got. There is some hard rock, some boogie rock, a bit of prog rock, jazz and even a bit of soul in the instrumental final track and all of the music seems very thoughtful and full of purpose. While the lyrics are a bit juvenile in their attempts at horror and humor, they do accomplish their intention of presenting the story of a kid who is at the end of her/his high school era.
To me the album really gets going after “Street Fight” and through to the end with “Grande Finale”. In these five tracks, you have the material for a five star E.P. and though it’s become cliche, “School’s Out” is the perfect song of teenage rebellion in the 70’s.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? This is the perfect album for this project. I never would have listened to an Alice Cooper album and I’m glad I did. I feel like I understand them a million times better and have a ton more respect for them.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
School’s Out Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (211/275)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%