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Ce disque est le dernier de l'Alice Cooper Band . A l'époque , le groupe est épuisé :en 4 ans , le groupe a sorti 7 disques !
Billion Dollars Babies a cartonné dans tous les charts et il aura fallu-excusez du peu- Dark Side of the Moon pour le détronner.

Les thèmes du disque aborde toujours les thèmes de la délinquance et de la crimminalité dans une ambiance années 30 / cabaret .Il n' y a ici aucun morceau lugubre , tout est pretexte à la joie et au second degré .
Certains morceaux sont irrésisistibles et Alice accompagné d'une clarinette et d'un piano accomplit une prouesse vocale sur "Crazy Little Child" .

Sur "Teenage Lament" avec les choeurs des Pointers Sisters et Liza Minelli ,Alice écrit un hilarant mais tendre portrait d'un ado paumé.

sur "Hippo" , le morceau qui ouvre l'album on immagine une bande de jeunes voyoux arrivant à New-York à la recherche de mauvais coups.

"Man with the Golden Gun" devait être utilisé pour le James Bond du même nom. Il ne sera finalement pas retenu mais le morceau souligne les talents du groupe pour les arrangements loufoques.

l'album se termine sur le très Stones "Woman Machine" où les bruitages à la fin du morceau ressmblent à ce qu'on entendra ....33 ans plus tard sur le final d'Antechrist Superstar de Marilyn Manson.

Au final Muscle of Love est le chant du cygne d'un groupe qui a encore des choses à dire au moment de se séparer.
La pochette est très laide mais le livret suffisament drôle (Alice déguisé en marin en pleine corvée de patates !)pour rattraper le coup.
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Comme l'explique très bien la critique de Bruce Tringale, cet album est le dernier d'un cycle. Les tensions grandissent entre Vincent Furnier (alias "Alice") et ses musiciens. Eux voudraient se focaliser sur la musique - lui veut développer l'aspect show grand guignol de ses spectacles. Si on ajoute à cela que les 5 membres du groupe sont épuisés par 7 années de tournées et autant d'albums publiés et que Vincent Furnier commence à devenir alcoolique, on comprend que les conditions d'enregistrement de ce disque n'étaient pas optimales.
Malgré cela, il y a peu de morceaux ratés: citons "working up a sweet", sorte de pastiche rock'n'roll pas très convaincant ou "Never been sold before", décidément trop répétitif. Le reste est d'un assez bon niveau, voire excellent, comme "Muscle of love", "Crazy little child" "The man with the golden gun" ou "Hard hearted Alice", mais souffre de deux défauts:
- beaucoup de morceaux tirent un peu en longueur inutilement. C'est particulièrement le cas de "Big apple dreamin' (Hippo)" et de "Woman machine".
- l'album n'apporte rien de nouveau par rapport aux disques précédents et donne un peu trop l'impression d'exploiter les recettes musicales éprouvées par le groupe depuis cinq albums.
Ce disque reste indispensable pour un vrai amateur d'Alice Cooper car il appartient à la période la plus féconde de sa carrière, mais si on veut découvrir ce groupe ou si on ne doit en posséder qu'un ou deux albums, alors mieux vaut tourner son choix vers "Killer" ou "Billion dollar babies"
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Par Dr. Rock TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 23 décembre 2014
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BILLION DOLLAR BABIES (le précédent album) a été numéro 1 aux USA et en Angleterre, offrant au groupe le statut qu’il s’attribuait ironiquement dans son titre. Sur plusieurs points, MUSCLE OF LOVE est son absolu contraire. Album de la rupture, il verra Bob Ezrin (producteur) quitter le groupe pendant les répétitions (suite à une brouille avec le guitariste Michael Bruce) et sera le dernier disque d’un groupe au bord de l’épuisement après cinq ans passés sur les chapeaux de roue.
Justement plus carré par l’absence de leur emphatique producteur, l’album (emballé dans un carton) est néanmoins très bon et voit le groupe resserrer les boulons, créant son disque le plus rock depuis KILLER. Tel le morceau-titre, authentique collection de riffs à la diabolique technicité (superbe basse de Dennis Dunaway), qui va rester comme l’un de ses plus monstrueux classiques, ou encore WORKING UP A SWEAT, un rock stonien à l’efficacité des plus festives. Bien que souvent dominés par de grosses guitares, les morceaux sont assez variés et cèdent également aux guitares acoustiques (TEENAGE LAMENT ‘74) ou aux cuivres rétro (CRAZY LITTLE CHILD), mais le pompon est atteint avec ce MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN écrit (et génialement arrangé) en vue du futur James Bond du même titre, que la production du film rejettera stupidement à cause de la sulfureuse réputation du groupe, ratant par là le coche d’une quittance rock que le seul muscle dudit James ne lui garantira pas !
Tops : MUSCLE OF LOVE, TEENAGE LAMENT 74, MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, WORKING UP A SWEAT, CRAZY LITTLE CHILD
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HASH(0x9604e828) étoiles sur 5 Bulging Muscle 31 août 2000
Par Brent Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A lot of Cooper fans dislike this album;thinking that it's a step down from BILLION DOLLAR BABIES.I believe the opposite.True,the Alice Cooper Group were on the verge of splitting up(Alice wanted to increase the theatrics;the rest of the band wanted them eliminated altogether).However,that did not stop them from trying out new types of music to mix with the ACG's brand of in-your -face rock.Dixieland rock(CRAZY LITTLE CHILD),elctronic music (WOMAN MACHINE)space rock(HARD HEARTED ALICE),a choir(MUSCLE OF LOVE)and the ultimate girl backup group (consisting of The Pointer Sisters,Liza Minelli and Ronnie Spector on TEENAGE LAMENT '74).This does not mean that the hard rock isn't there:witness MUSCLE OF LOVE,WORKING UP A SWEAT,NEVER BEEN SOLD BEFORE,and BIG APPLE DREAMIN'.MUSCLE OF LOVE is a loose concept album,the subjects are sex and making your way in the big,bad city.My favourite track on this album is THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.All ACG members were James Bond fanatics and they submitted this to be the theme song for the second Roger Moore Bond adventure. Unfortunately,due to the Alice Cooper image,Lulu got the job instead(damnit!)MUSCLE OF LOVE still has Alice and the boys firing on all cylinders,with biting wit in the lyrics and determination in the playing.Don't just go on what some Alice fans tell you;take a listen and judge for yourself.As for me;I rank it highly in the Cooper canon.
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HASH(0x95efe9e4) étoiles sur 5 Alice Fans You Can't Pass This One Over! 15 juillet 2004
Par David Girod - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD
I think "Muscle of Love" also has a slapdash feel about it, sort of like Led Zep's "Coda". It's like Alice and crew went through their musical closet and just emptied out left over stuff from previous recordings. But that in no way should indicate these cuts are bad. You have the haunting "Hard Hearted Alice", the Dixie-Jazz "Crazy Little Child", and typical 70's rockers like "Woman Machine", "Muscle of Love" & "Never Been Sold Before". All of the songs are good, just not as good as what had been put out before. I think one of the best tracks on the disk is the failed James Bond theme song "Man With the Golden Gun". I would love to have seen that open the movie (as a Bond fan MWTGG could have used something, as it was one of the worst bond movies ever). But if you are a fan of Alice Cooper, you have to get this landmark recording if for no other reason that to hear the original bands last recording. I always wondered what would have happened had the original band stayed together, but I don't know if they could have made it past the 70's and into the 80's. Just look where Alice went after this with "Welcome to my Nightmare" and where the rest of the band went with "Battle Axe". Two albums that sound completely different. But, now, 30 years later, wouldn't it be great to hear Alice once again with his old mates?! Man that would be a Killer!
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HASH(0x9613b858) étoiles sur 5 The last hurrah... 25 décembre 2001
Par David Goodwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
Muscle of Love was the last album for Alice Cooper as a band; in its aftermath, the band would split, with frontman Cooper going on to success with Welcome To My Nightmare and the band themselves falling into obscurity as the Billion Dollar Babies.
Yet despite the bad reputation Muscle of Love seems to have, it's certainly a part of the band's golden era, and well worth exploring. It can be a bit of a shock in its chronilogical placing, though; it has little of the theatricality that so liberally peppered School's Out and especially Billion Dollar Babies. Indeed, I've heard (thanks, George S.!) that this decision is due to a comprimise made between Mr. Furnier and the members of his band, who apparently were a bit turned off by some of the excessive theatricality of the previous two albums, which makes a lot of sense. Thus, Muscle of Love has more in common with Love it To Death and Killer, which is certainly not a bad thing; the title track, Big Apple Dreaming, and many others are straightforward, excellent tracks with few pretentions, and even the ballades (Hard Hearted Alice) come off quite well.
The songwriting and execution aren't QUITE up to the level of those previous successes, but it's enjoyable enough, and for those who enjoy Cooper (but don't necessarily go for "I Love the Dead"), MoL is an enjoyable last-hurrah for the band.
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HASH(0x95eff558) étoiles sur 5 loveable muscle 9 août 2012
Par Bryan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For some reason time hasn't been very kind to Muscle of Love but let's be honest here folks, it's a classic. No it doesn't remind me of Barry Manilow or any other soft rock performers. It's probably slightly weaker than what's the normal high standard for Alice Cooper's songwriting, but with that in mind, it's still a near masterpiece. Nobody can really convince me this is a weak effort though. Maybe *weaker* but not weak enough to criticize or even bring the rating down to 4 stars. Nah, it's awesome. All the negative feelings and reviews definitely aren't ones I personally agree with.

"Big Apple Dreamin' (Hippo)" not only makes me wonder why the word "hippo" is in the song title, but opens with a memorable guitar riff that sounds very Deep Purple-like and an equally memorable verse melody. It eventually leads to a REALLY good chorus. "New York we're coming to see what you're made of, are you as great as you sound?" I also love the way Alice sings "Skyscrapers and subways and stations, staring up at the United Nations". These lyrics actually accurately describe the chaotic, fast moving and adventurous streets of New York City. "Crazy Little Child" is a nice experiment. It's a showtune of sorts with Broadway vibes and old-fashioned jazzy intentions. The piano work is really beautifully implemented which makes it much different from what an overrated ripoff like Marilyn Manson would create. This actually sounds very Elton John-like as well.

"Hard Hearted Alice" has really mysterious vocals that are simply superb. A song like this makes it VERY hard for me to believe or accept that this is supposedly a weak outing by Alice Cooper. I love around the 2-minute mark when the haziness of the vocals drifts away but the same exact melody remains in place but sung more aggressively. The chorus sounds very Beatles-like. Nice heavy guitar solo at the end. "Teenage Lament '74" has an awesome chorus. "What are you gonna do? Tell you what I'm gonna do. Why don't you get away? Well I'm gonna cry all day!" The verse melody has the same kind of sincere and highly exceptional vocal delivery. Weak stuff? I think not. The title song begins with another Deep Purple similarity in the guitar playing before shifting into a trashy verse melody with HILARIOUS lyrics "Holy muscle of love!" The way the pace just suddenly picks up really is cool. It illustrates a muscle... loving. :) "Man With the Golden Gun" has a James Bond atmosphere. Maybe it IS him? The aggressive nature of the guitar riff while Alice sings the verse melody is actually really authentic and not the least bit cheesy.

"Working Up a Sweat" shows another slice of Alice Cooper's diverse songwriting by being more rocking in a crunchy glam rock kind of way similar to Slade or Sweet. It's not rocking in the same way as, for example, "Man With the Golden Gun". It's really good. Yes it's hilarious that "Muscle of Love" and "Working Up a Sweat" go together very well, haha. How appropriate! "Never Been Sold Before" is probably the only weak moment since the verse melody is nothing special and actually resembles Rick Derringer, but it doesn't change the 5-star rating by any means. Generic mid-tempo rock at its most basic and the chorus repeats too many times at the end. "Woman Machine" is an unusually paced hard rock tune with a pretty decent chorus. This is actually a clever spin on the typical rock formula but I can't figure out exactly *what* makes it different. A song like this would sound out of place or filler-ish for most artists but not Alice Cooper. Perhaps the guitar riff resembles early Aerosmith but that's a stretch.

Overall, sorry folks, I can't join in with the crowd and criticize what strikes me as a mighty fine album. The songwriting's up to snuff, the genre variety is pretty impressive, the vocal melodies are really fantastic. Muscle of Love is a winner in my book.
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HASH(0x9613f780) étoiles sur 5 The End of an Era 25 septembre 2011
Par KaseyG - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: CD Achat vérifié
The last album featuring the original Alice Cooper group, "Muscle of Love" is a nice balance of gritty, raw 1971-era Alice mixed with a bit of showy material.

A good but not outstanding opener in "Big Apple Dreamin'" (great strings and keyboards); horn-heavy, flashy glam-rock numbers like "Never Been Sold Before" and the rejected James Bond theme "Man With The Golden Gun". The bland "Woman Machine" is the weakest link and we get a jazzy '30s-flavoured gangster tale called "Crazy Little Child". The poppy "Teenage Lament '74" is irressistible. The best numbers are the sleazy-sounding "Workin' Up a Sweat" with lots of dirty guitar licks and innuendo. The same can be said for the frantic ode to sexual awakening "Muscle of Love", except it's more adventurous tempo changes give it the edge (also best guitar work on the album). The best song of all may be the gorgeous, ethereal "Hard Hearted Alice". Never mind syrupy tripe like "You and Me", THIS is Alice's best ballad, it's haunting opening verse blossoms into a breezy rocker featuring gorgeous harmonies and a "Hush"-like organ interlude.

Less-theatrical than "Billion Dollar Babies" and more straight ahead rock-and-roll, "Muscle of Love" deserves better recognition than it gets. Not the best, but not the worst either. Being an import, this is the hardest ACG album to get a hold of, but highly recommended.

Four stars.
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