“Ballbreaker” was released in 1995 and marked the twelfth album from the AC/DC. After finding success with “The Razors Edge”, AC/DC needed a strong follow up. Well, this album kind of fell short of the mark. This album will also set up the model for the next three AC/DC albums.
Musically, this album is very soulful. It’s got a strong Bluesy sound to it, loosing the Hard Rock edge. The sound is much softer and the tempos are much slower. This album is lacking the raw power drive that AC/DC is known for. The album has some very good and complex riffs that one would expect. There’s a good bit of filler songs, but there are some very strong tracks.
The musicianship is very good, especially with the return of drummer Phil Rudd. When you have rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, bassist Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd on the rhythm section, you have the heart and soul of AC/DC. Brian Johnson’s vocals are clean and Angus Young still proves to be that riff master on lead guitar.
Overall, you have an album that is an average AC/DC album. Some of the songs kind of reminds me of the “Powerage” album. It was said that producer Rick Rubin was trying to get AC/DC back to that style of music.
1. “Hard as a Rock” 4:31
2. “Cover You in Oil” 4:32
3. “The Furor” 4:10
4. “Boogie Man” 4:07
5. “The Honey Roll” 5:34
6. “Burnin’ Alive” 5:05
7. “Hail Caesar” 5:14
8. “Love Bomb” 3:14
9. “Caught with Your Pants Down” 4:14
10. “Whiskey on the Rocks” 4:35
11. “Ballbreaker” 4:31