Anyone who has heard the Last Temptation (Epic) or Brutal Planet (Spitfire) will find themselves in familiar territory when they visit Dragontown (Spitfire), the latest chapter in what is now being called a trilogy. Again Cooper has conveyed a story with the assistance of Bob Marlette and Bob Ezrin, who teamed up with him on the last chapter. Thus, the instant familiarity that this album offers is not surprising.
Considering that Cooper calls Dragontown “the heart” of Brutal Planet and describes this release an opportunity to more deeply cover the themes touched upon on his last, one can only expect to find the evils of “Sex, Death, and Money” in full rotation. Cooper says that Dragontown is a place of consequence, “It’s where the worst of the worst are. Dragontown is an album about life’s pure failures and the descent they find themselves in.”
As the anthem “Deeper” vividly depicts that descent, it alludes to the album’s title track. But much like the Last Temptation, there is a lighter side to this chapter with other songs like “Disgraceland” hinting at the guilty pleasures found by lost but not forgotten rock legends like Elvis Presley.
Alice Cooper has always delivered for those looking for a good story, a heavy guitar, a great anthem, and a larger than life stage show. This fall he tours the United States, but in the meantime fans can visit Dragontown without disappointment, when it hits the shelves in a few short days on October 9, 2001.