Iron Man 2 is a compilation featuring several of AC/DCâ€™s best-known songs alongside a selection that most likely arenâ€™t immediately recognisable to the casual listener. It doubles, as its title and artwork are testament to, as the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie sequel to 2008â€™s Robert Downey Jr-starring comic book adaptation, Iron Man. If the second instalment follows the lead of its (very well received) predecessor, expect unadulterated eye-candy, the kind of rollercoaster experience delivered every blockbuster season â€“ the kind of brash, boisterous movie that AC/DCâ€™s music seems tailor-made for. Itâ€™s a marriage made in Hollywood heaven.
The classics here are just that: heavy-riffed and big-hearted rockâ€˜nâ€™roll essentials that every home should have. Back in Black just does not get old; likewise the closer, the evergreen anthem Highway to Hell. Of the less-ubiquitous numbers, Guns for Hire is a highlight of 1983â€™s Flick of the Switch LP, and T.N.T. dates back to their Australia-only second album of the same title. Younger listeners might find it all a bit clichÃ©d, but remember: AC/DC are the originators, their imitators responsible for diluting the packageâ€™s potency. For those about to rock, raise another salute to your enduringly enthralling forefathers.