Let me first say, I have been a fan of Alice Cooper since 1987, and have since then bought all of his albums, back catalog and all. He has made a lot of great albums and songs over the years, and there's always (well, almost always) a little surprise on each album, that I didn't see coming.
Cooper writes great lyrics, no doubt about that. And my fascination towards him, is in most part his lyrics. Since he has had so many people making songs with him over the years, he has had so many different sounds, so it's easier to define an Alice Cooper song by his lyrics than his sound. Apart from his distinctive voice, that is.
I bought Welcome To My Nightmare around 1990, I think, and I must admit, I found it a bit strange. Sure there are some killer songs there, but some of them are also strange. But that's Alice Cooper. And that's what I love about him. So when I put on Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and found that this album has so much of that strangeness AND greatness that I have come to love, I new I would like the new album. It's fantastic!
I've read a lot of different reviews on the album, and some like it, and some don't. And everybody seems to like different songs. It's just a matter of taste, I guess. But I know I wasn't let down by any of the songs. I've felt that Alice on his last 3-4 albums has failed to make really catchy songs. Sure, there are some, but I feel that the focus has been on lyrics more than music. I'm really glad the music is back on this album, along with his great lyrics.
If you like classic Alice Cooper, I can absolutely recommend Welcome 2 My Nightmare!