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AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' review: Angus Young's guitar's still wailing

British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson,

British rock band AC/DC, from left, Brian Johnson, Malcolm Young, Phil Rudd, Angus Young, and Cliff Williams during a concert in Munich, southern Germany on June 17, 2003. Credit: AP / Jan Pitman

There's a lot of questions about AC/DC's new album "Rock or Bust" (Columbia). What's up with drummer Phil Rudd, who faces murder-threat and drug-related charges? Are they OK without co-founder/guitarist Malcolm Young, who left the band earlier this year as he fights dementia?

The only answer that really matters is Angus Young's snarling, thunderous guitar still sounds like rock and roll heaven and/or the highway to hell. And with the help of producer Brendan O'Brien, it's as high up in the mix as Brian Johnson's howl. That helps all the songs, from the Zeppelinesque "Rock the House" to the classic, stomping "Rock the Blues Away."

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