Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see Alice Cooper perform several times, and I’ve gladly written about him on more than one occasion. Unlike many other artists from his era, Cooper is still just as entertaining as he’s ever been, and twenty-seven albums in, the man is still putting out relevant music that fans aren’t quick to dismiss, proving he doesn’t have to rely solely on past hits from his heyday. His follow up to 2011’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare is a welcome edition to his ever-growing catalog.
Paranormal pulls out all of the familiar stops one can expect from an Alice record, yet still doesn’t come off as routine. Songs like “Paranoiac Personality,” “Private Public Breakdown,” and the title track, are all worthy of putting alongside any of Cooper’s classics. There’s even a bonus disc featuring some live stuff, as well as two new tracks (“Genuine American Girl” and “You and All of Your Friends”) recorded with the remaining members of the original Alice Cooper band. If you’re already a fan, there’s no reason not to check this one out.