If you're in denial about the state of the economy, said Stephen Adams in the Telegraph, consider this: AC/DC has the U.K.'s top album—Black Ice—for the first time in 28 years. The last time the Australian heavy metal band was on top, with Back in Black, Britain was on the brink of recession. The band's popularity receded when the economy recovered, then rebounded in 1990 with The Razor’s Edge, the next time recession loomed.
"AC/DC's appeal in unpredictable times is straightforward," said Alexis Petridis in the Guardian. "People crave something uncomplicated and dependable in a time of uncertainty." Even though Western capitalism is collapsing, there's comfort in the knowledge that guitarist Angus Young is still dressed like a naughty schoolboy as his band cranks out songs filled with "innuendo about scrotums."
That has put Black Ice at the top of the charts in the U.K., said Portfolio online. But if the album makes it to No. 1 in the U.S., it will likely be because it’s “being sold exclusively through the recession-friendly discount chains of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.”
AC/DC’s current success is “one of the most astonishing music stories of recent years,” said Michael Leonard in MusicRadar.com. But maybe the state of the economy has nothing to do with it. Black Ice might simply be one of the best albums the band has ever released.