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Album review - AC/DC - Rock Or Bust

WHEN it comes to expectations regarding this, the Australian hard rock behemoths' sixteenth studio album, pessimism has out-weighed optimism.

Founder Malcolm Young has retired due to ill health, drummer Phil Rudd appears to be out of the band again following a brush with the law and producer Brendan O'Brien has had to deny speculation Rock Or Bust was spat out in just two weeks.

Lead-off singles "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust" have divided aficionados: are they tired and clichéd, or refreshingly uncomplicated examples of what rock used to be? Those who are optimistic about next week's release believe the line-up changes may give AC/DC a new perspective, a different slant on their timeless blues rock that changed the face of popular music.

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