Review – AC/DC – Hard As a Rock (Rock)

This review covers the hard rock track AC/DC – Hard As a Rock.

This track was released in 1995 on the album Ballbreaker.

The track starts with a guitar and high hat. A bass guitar comes in. After that, a second guitar comes in. Some of the lead guitars come in. The vocals then come in for a verse.

Shortly after, the vocals then take the track into the main chorus. Some backup vocals make an appearance here. A short instrumental section follows.

From there, the vocals take the track into the next verse. The vocals then take the track into the main chorus again. The vocals then extend the main chorus a bit. After that, a guitar solo comes in. After that, the backup vocals repeat a part of the main chorus.

From there, the vocals then take the track back into the main chorus. After that, the guitars and drum kit lead the track out.

One thing that sticks out to me is the fact that the lyrics lean heavily on the main chorus to the point where verse work is virtually non-existent. The second thing I do notice is that it relies in innuendo and shock value to sell the track. Once you get past the shock value, this track is borderline meaningless from a lyrical standpoint.

The guitar work is decent enough. They aren’t necessarily memorable, but they at least carry the track somewhat.

Finally, the vocals really do nothing for me. They make some of the lyrics hard to understand. While they have unique qualities to them, different doesn’t always mean better. That certainly applies here.

Overall, this track is OK. The vocals do nothing for the track and the lyrics rely almost exclusively on innuendo. Beyond that, the track is pretty meaningless once you get past the initial shock factor. The guitar work is probably the only thing that actually saves this track, but it isn’t enough to make the track all that memorable. So, a pretty average track.


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