After reading "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: A Rock 'n' Roller's 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict," I have become a fan of the old shock rocker. His new album, "Along Came a Spider" is a work of art that is part Edgar Allen Poe-H.P. Lovecraft-Stephen King-Clive Barker-Thomas Harris-J.K. Rowling.
"Along Came a Spider" is a concept album with a Prologue and an Epilogue. Like a good radio drama, Alice Cooper is the master villain with diabolical plans with the pathology of a spider. "Wake The Dead" features some haunting harp playing by Ozzy Osbourne. "Catch Me If You Can" is a taunting rocker and "Vengeance Is Mine" rivals many hard core heavy metal tunes.
Overall, "Along Came a Spider" works with the individual songs and as a whole concept album. At age 60, Alice Cooper is as a relevant rocker for this Halloween as he was in 1975.