The original shock rocker and a severely underrated influence on popular music, ALICE COOPER, the solo artist (1975-2011) and ALICE COOPER, the band(1968-1975 and 2011) return with a sequel to ALICE COOPER, the solo artist’s, 1975 opus WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. The original album was a higher(I don’t think we could call it high) concept album that was his first solo album (all previous Alice Cooper releases were band efforts). Rolling Stone ranked the original as one of the “Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time”.
The songs, heard in sequence, form a journey through the nightmares of a child named Steven.
WELCOME 2 MY NIGHTMARE follows the same format and Steven as a middle aged man.
The idea for the album came about soon after the thirtieth anniversary of the original Welcome to My Nightmare album, while Cooper was talking with producer Bob Ezrin, who proposed the idea of a sequel to Welcome to My Nightmare. Cooper liked the idea, and decided to recruit previous members of the Alice Cooper band. The concept of the album was described by Cooper as “another nightmare, and this one is even worse than the last one.” Cooper said that he had originally intended to make a sequel to his album Along Came a Spider, but decided to make the Nightmare sequel after Ezrin explained that he “wasn’t really into it.”
A diverse, entertaining, album with rockers, ballads, even a little tongue in cheek disco and swing that feels refreshingly fun in a world that rarely shows it’s sense of humor, even if it is a dark and sometimes disturbing humor.