Released: 2008, Steamhammer/SPV/Border Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This iconic rocker has been a huge inspiration for several artists and ALONG CAME A SPIDER is his 25th album. Cooper’s long career has had its ups and downs and his peak was during the 70’s with a revival at the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s. Personally, I think that his albums have become worse and worse during the last few years.
Slash guests on the song “Vengeance Is Mine” which is one of the killer tracks on the album. Copper doesn’t have any problems with his voice and he has managed to maintain his charismatic voice through all these years. The fact that he is surrounded by skilled musicians makes the music really good.
Cooper, Danny Saber, Greg Hampton, Chuck Garric, Keri Kelli and together with Damon Johnson and Jani Lane, Cooper has written the material. Cooper himself is taking the central part, acting out the main character’s (a murderer) diary. The bio draws parallels between this album and Cooper’s classical album WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE. I have listened to both albums and I can’t really see the resemblance. The songs on ALONG CAME A SPIDER cannot stand on their own and Cooper has mixed several different music styles on one single album. I got confused while listening to the disc. It is sad to say but maybe Cooper should quit and do something else because it is obvious that he doesn’t have what it takes nowadays.
There are however, a few tracks that rise above the rest; “Vengeance Is Mine”, “Wake The Dead”, “Catch Me If You Can” and “Wrapped In Silk”. Those combine the essence of Cooper. Sharp rock’n’roll music with Cooper’s vocals fits together perfectly in these songs. The first part of the album feels a lot stronger than the second part. It feels like the writers lost their inspiration when it came to the second part. Production wise the disc is OK. Every element is where it is supposed to be and the rhythm section sounds really tight. The producers Danny Saber and Greg Hampton, together with Cooper, have done a solid upgrading of his 70’s sound to fit the 21st century.
Well, Mr. Cooper has some problems with this album, the musical styles aren’t cohesive and I’m really fed up with theme/concept albums by now. ALONG CAME A SPIDER could have been Coopers big comeback but for me it did not do much.