Black Ice was expertly marketed as AC/DC's best album in years, and it worked, becoming the second highest-selling album of 2008 and earning grudging industry respect, including AC/DC's first Grammy and Rolling Stone cover. In truth, it was AC/DC's best release since The Razor's Edge, but it could have been better with minimal effort--basically, just cut the album to ten songs. Live, I never want an AC/DC show to end, but there's no reason for any of their albums to last longer than 45 minutes. Besides Motörhead, AC/DC are the only band who can keep putting out the same ten-song record and make it work. They should be proud of that.
In any case, Black Ice does have plenty of gems, including "Skies on Fire," "Smash 'n' Grab"and four songs with the word "rock" in the title. Then there's this one for today. Hearing Angus Young suddenly play slide guitar four decades into his career is kind of like the scene in The Princess Bride where Inigo Montoya says "I am not left-handed."
For J.A. and B.D.