In this Music Monday Blog, we are going to get into the latest and overdue record from Boston Legends known as Aerosmith. Aerosmith’s last record was Honkin’ On Bobo which was released in 2004. It has been twelve years for original music and that record was Just Push Play in 2001. Aerosmith was founded in 1970 in Boston. Aerosmith signed with Columbia Records in 1971 and in 1973 Aerosmith debut record hit the shelves. Aerosmith is a really successful band in American history. They have sold over 150 million records worldwide and 65.5 million in the United States. Aerosmith was put in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001 and listed in Rolling Stones 100 Greatest Artist Of All Time. Aerosmith has put out 15 studio records, 5 live records, 11 greatest records, 68 singles, and 7 video records. We are going to do the latest from this band and it is 15th record, which is called Music From Another Dimension! Let us get into the music.
There is a voice in the opening track. It gives you an outer space type of feel and sets theme of this record from Aerosmith. I am loving the drums, bass, and guitar work at the beginning of the song. I am not liking the singing and effects on Tyler’s vocals. I am not a fan of lyrics either. The music is old school Aerosmith but the singing is something you would hear from Moroon 5. The music kind sounds like Love In Elevator and melody. I am love the guitar break from Joe Perry. Joey Kramer still has it on the drums. Great music but just bad lyrics on this song. I hope this not a theme throughout this record.
Great drumming at the beginning of Oh Yeah, the guitar has a late 1970’s feel to it. I am not too sure on the lyrics just like the opening track. The music is pretty solid with a nice guitar break and then a little guitar solo from Joe. I am not a fan of singing and lyrics. This record is missing something and it feels like it was rushed even though they took forever to out this record. I did like that ending to Oh Yeah.
What is up with the beginning of this song? Come on stop reliving the rap days of Aerosmtih and Run DMC. Steve you can not rap and same thing with the rest of your band members. This song is really bad. They should have put a rapper on this song. It would have been a little better because the music is pretty solid. I love the guitar solo from Joe. I am glad there was a good solo at least. So far this is the worse song out there and on this record.
I am love the beginning of this song. It has nice singing from Steve and acoustic. Please cut off the reverb on Steve’s vocals. You are not the greatest singer in the world but you do hold your own. I did not like how the drums came into Tell Me. I am kind of liking the lyrics on Tell me. This is a pretty solid song. So far this is beyond the best song on the record. This is what I am looking from this legendary band.
Out Go The Lights
Out Go The Lights has a some solid guitar and drumming that echoes some from their earlier work. Joey has some solid drumming and bass playing from Brad. The lyrics are pretty good too. Steve is singing like he did in the past. Is this record turning period in the right direction after the first three bad songs? Joe has a solid guitar break in the first quarter part of the song. This is a pretty solid song. It has well written in every part of this band. I am loving the back up singing too. There was a great stop and the start-up from the drums. Joey then rides the cow bell into sunset. The back half of the song has some nice trade-off from all the guys in the band while Steve just chills in the background. There is a nice touch on the fade out of the music for the ending.
This song sounds like something off Get A Grip or Just Push Play. There is a solid start to the song. I am enjoying the lyrics and guitar work. The drums and bass are right there up to Aerosmith standards. So far, Aerosmith has turn the corner on this record. This is another good song. Joe has a great guitar solo towards the end of the song. I like the ending of Legendary Child.
What Could Have Been Love
This is the first Ballard on this record. I like Steve’s singing and Joey and Joe’s playing on this song. The lyrics are well written. I do enjoy their ballads in the past so this one lives up to those songs. Joey has some great drumming on this song. There is some great melody. I just feel this song does not need back up singing. This is a great song. I love the ending to the song.
Street Jesus start out with a sample from the street and the guitar comes in. It is an average to below average guitar riff. Steve’s singing is average. I have heard better from this band. The main part of the song is Ok. I really not liking this song. The title is a little cheesey. I like the drum beat and the bass playing on Street Jesus. I could do without the rest of the members on this song. I really do not like what they did at the end of the song. At least Joe has a great guitar break and solo in the middle of the song and it sounds like the two guitar players are trading off solos. I could not finish listening to this song that how bad it was for me.
Can’t Stop Loving You (feature with Carrie Underwood)
Here is another Ballard song on this record. Steve and Carrie are a good fit on this song. Their voices and vocals fit perfectly together. This song has a nice pace to it. I love how they bend together. I am also liking the music. It has a little country touch to it and it is not because Carrie is singing on this song. Please, cut the reverb off Steve’s voice. This is a well written song and it is one of my favorites so far on this record. I love the fade out of the song at the end.
I love the drum action at the beginning. There is some great music but the lyrics are a little weak again. I am enjoying the melody that Tyler has on Love Alot. I just feel there could be better lyrics than the ones that are on this song. I just feel he is singing the same thing over and over. I know there are different words but it echoes too much. I really did not like the ending of the song.
We All Fall Down
The start of We All Fall Down has some singing with piano work which is well written. Steve has a nice melody and is singing great. Here is another slow song and the lyrics are average. They are livable to what I have heard on this record. To be honest, drums and bass are great on the song but Aerosmith could live without them on this song. I am loving the guitar riff on this song but really do not need them. It might make more sense towards the end of the song for the guitar, bass, and drums. I really not a fan of the ending.
Freedom Fighter has a great bass, guitar, and drum working. I am not a fan of the singing and the lyrics. This is pretty bad song. I really love the music on this song but I could do without the lyrics and singing. I do not know where they came up with this song. To me, this is not Aerosmith. Is this a Joe Perry solo song that he brought over to Aerosmith? I know he has done that in the past and had some success with it. This song does fall short but I love the ending of the song.
I love the effects on the guitar at the beginning and a well written riff. I love the blues singing from Steve. It fits the feeling of the song and the theme. The music is pretty good and nice blues guitar solo between versus. I am also enjoying the lyrics. It has a pretty solid ending to the song.
The beginning sounds like something from a hockey game and video game. I am enjoying the guitar playing. Joe sounds like Gene Simmons after a bender. He did get better as the song went on but please Joe play the guitar and do back up vocals. You are not a lead singer. I do not know how I feel towards this song. It has a pretty good ending.
Another Last Goodbye
I am enjoying the piano and flute playing at the beginning. Steve singing is pretty good also and with some really good lyrics. Steve is singing his heart out on this song. This is a great song to end this bad record. Please, do not get me wrong there are some gems on this record. Damn! Steve really hit it on this song. His singing is the best I have heard from him in a long time. I have to be honest this song could be shorter. The lyrics getting pretty boring as the song goes on with the singing at the very end of the song.
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Closing out, I will be really honest on this record. Is there are some good songs and gems on this record? Yes, there is but they are not great song or up to Aerosmith’s standards. I feel they cut them short on many of these songs. I just feel this record is missing something. Is the band getting along and are they talking about their music? I just feel they are not talking to one another. Two summer ago, Aerosmith almost replace Steve Tyler as lead singer. I do not know how much of that put into this release. I just know they have been working on this record for a while. I am glad they are still together. I am glad they are touring and I might have to see them this upcoming summer. I saw them at Tiger Stadium with Kiss and Slavia. It was one of the best shows I saw that year. I believe that is the last time I was in Tiger Stadium. Well to wrap this up, I have to say just because I did not like this record and dogged on it. It does not mean you will not like it. We as music fans have a ton of chances to listen to the record before we buy it. Just what I said there are some good songs. I just feel there are too many filler songs to get this record out to the people. Let me know your thoughts. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser