This album came out when pop had moved into the garbage time of synth drums and overproduction. True to form, AC/DC went back to basics and bucked the trends... and this terrific album was more or less lost. Do yourself a favor, crank up the volume and check it out.
True AC/DC fans will find Flick of the Switch songs stuck in their heads for the rest of their lives. I tried hard to dislike this album in my teens but alas the tracks just kept popping up in my head over and over until I gave in to this irresistible masterpiece. It SIZZLES. “Bedlam in Belgium” is simply brilliant. Back in Black and Highway to Hell were incredible and for the masses; Flick of the Switch and Powerage are for the most die-hard AC/DC fans.
Not good at all
In most of the songs, they just mailed it in.
Really, can this album seriously be compared to "Back In Black"; "For Those About To Rock"; "Thunderstruck"; never mind a lot of the Bon Scott stuff. Really?
"Deep In The Hole" is possibly the worst AC/DC song in history.
Having said all of this, a human being's tastes is a funny thing. Some people out there believe strongly this is a great album, and that my review is idiotic. To each his own, I guess. But, if you want my opinion, you'd have more fun listening to Lawrence Welk with thumbtacks stuck up your toenails than this album.
Very solid a effort !
Not their best but very good . Risen power , great tune
By Angry Batman
This while IMO this was sort of the start of AC/DCs commercial woes this album is a great raw approach to their sound with great tracks like the title track and house is on fire there are some tracks not as memorable like rising power
One of my first and favorites, it is a rock hard album with great, catchy songs that make you want to listen again and again! ROCK ON! 🎸
Hard Rock 101
By Gil from California
My favorite AC / DC album... Can't put my finger on it. This album just straight rocks hard.
Last great release from Brian Johnson
I bought this when it first came out on vinyl and have always treasured that the songs were never overplayed on radio like the previous two LPs. AC/DC gets back to straight up rock and roll damnation with Brian Johnson probably having his best vocal performance with the boys. Angus and Malcom’s guitar licks are clean, hard and heavy all the way thru. Some of the songwriting is average but the performance makes up for it. Last album for some time with Phil Rudd on drums and he demonstrates why he is such a core member of their sound. Just repurchased this on CD and have been playing it non-stop and remembering why I loved it when it came out 30 years ago. Has stood the test of time very well. A metal record, thru and thru.
My favorite album from AC/DC. I Love it!
A Lost Gem
Because it didn't sell "well" (it only went gold) FOTS often takes the blame for AC/DC's mid 80s slump. It may not be radio friendly, and there are no hit singles or concert classics to be found, but it rocks with authority. "Guns for Hire" and the title song are near classics, and "Nervous Shakedown", "Bedlam in Belgium" "Landslide" and "House Is on Fire" are all strong. Its an intentionally raw and dirty album, meant to shed the precise, overly controlling hand of Mutt Lange - ten barn burners that crunch and pound behind Brian Johnson's powerhouse vocals. If you like AC/DC, don't skip this album just because you've never heard the songs. You'd be missing out on one of the best albums of the Brian Johnson era.