In my humble opinion and having listened to 10 from the 15 songs of the album, this is the best album of 2012 of any artist. Aerosmith has reinvented themselves once again. The album is different from what they have been doing for the last 25 years. It´s a going back to the seventies but with a 2012 sound. Almost every song is a classic and "Another last Goodbye" is EPIC!! Tyler´s voice (remember he is 65) is UNBELIEVABLE. AMAZING COMEBACK!! FROM THE BOYS OF BOSTON
7 ballads on an album is not a good thing. They told us us this was Aerosmith Toys/Rocks-not even close.The album was streaming for a while, so many bad reviews, it was taken down. With Toys being my favorite Smith album ,I had high hopes once they said Douglas was back producing and they were going for that old feel. This is that Tyler solo album he was working on with the Boys as the backing band.
It's a pretty good CD, but it's uneven. Half of it is awesome, the best thing they have put out since Get A Grip. The other half, all the ballads in particular, including the Underwood duet are the weak links! Actually that duet is not a bad song had Steven just sung it himself. But singing a song with Carrie Underwood just sucks man! There are a couple songs on the weaker half that are decent too. Having heard all the album the great songs are just FANTASTIC! I am even surprised that they could even put out a new CD with some new worthy material at all!
I myself own all of Aerosmith's albums. They are my second favorite band behind Led Zeppelin. This band has never failed to impress me. They had some down times in their career but their resiliency, creativity, and talent never ceases. We should be grateful these guys are still putting out good music...yet in an age of instant gratification, the album is already being picked apart over internet streams. I miss the days when you had to buy an album and spend the time to get to know it as a whole. When a few listens patiently given to the whole product was acceptable before a final assessment would be delivered.
This band has more talent than 99.99% of what is out there today. Not being a fanboy. Just being honest.
In regards to an earlier post, I also am a huge Rush fan and no matter how hard I tried, I could not really love the new album. I don't like the production and it sounds like a big mess through much of it. Too chaotic, disjointed, and something just doesn't feel finished about it. Just my opinion. Want a great prog album? Dream Theater's latest release.
Back to Aerosmith. I'm looking forward to this gift album by a band that has stood true the test of time, again and again.
coltrane i totally agree with you. we should celebrate aerosmith is still putting out very good music. some people say...too many ballads....others say...is not as good as rocks...but they don`t realize that it won´t be another rocks anymore and maybe it´s the way it should be...times change and music evolves. i personally think this album is a mix between the old school and songs for the mainstream. anyway it is a great album...much better than just push play.
Best Album of 2012 ? Not even close. Can't compare to Kiss " Monster" or Van Halen " A Different Kind of Truth ". With the exeption of 3-4 songs very little here to get a rock fan's attention, considering all the hype, very dissapointing
best album of 2012 yes!....no doubt about it. aerosmith has the old hard rock, has the power ballads, has "the voice" (mr tyler) and has the guitars (joe perry and brad whitford) and the sweet emotion of coming back once again. that´s why it is the album of the year. it is not rocks, but it is a masterpiece.
The new cd is very strong however... I must be the only person on the planet that thinks Just Push Play was actually better! Just to make sure I wasn't crazy (no pun intended) I played both cds back to back and there is no doubt in my mind that JPP is better by quite a bit. Less ballads (only 3) and stronger ones at that. I'll take Beyond Beautiful, JPP, Jaded, Under My Skin & Drop Dead Gorgeous over anything on the new cd. Similarly, Fly Away From Here (the only true ballad on the whole cd) and Avant Garden are better than the ballads on MFAD. Still, I've only played the new material 3 times all the way through so I'm hoping it grows on me. Still a very worthy release and one of the better releases of 2012.
In response to Coltrane, not sure how big of a fan you are, but the new album might take a while to take in because A)It's a concept album & B) It's RUSH! I know it took me a long time to appreciate Rush's entire catalog, I suggest keep listening to it because it is a masterpeice in this current world of musical decay IMO. I somewhat agree with you on the production side, but it wasn't so bad to inhibit me from experiencing the album as a whole. Now Vapor Trails, that's a whole 'nother conversation.
I won't give up on the Rush just yet. Thanks for the feedback. No words can describe the awesomeness of Rush. I was at that Cleveland concert on April 15th, 2011 (Time Machine 2011 Live In Cleveland). Amazing show!
I gotta go with Clockwork Angels too. Saw them live last week and they played nine songs off the new album and it was amazing. The new Aerosmith is 50/50 with me. Better than I thought it would be, not as good as I had hoped.
I don't understand why everyone is so anti-ballad. Some of my favorite Aero-tunes include Angel and What It Takes. There are 15 tracks on the album so if they added a few more ballads for fans of those types of songs then just skip them. The rockers, ROCK! This is as good as its gonna get for Aerosmith music. Shocked by all of the bad reviews.
I hadn't listened to Clockwork Angels in a few weeks and broke it out per your (That Metal Guy) request. This time around it seemed different. I listened to it with a different mindset and I think I am getting it now. Even listened again the next day. It's grabbing me. I guess it took a while. They are a phenomenal band.
Hey Coltrane, glad I could help haha. With so many new releases that have come out since CA, it's been a minute since I put it on as well. The Garden will forever be etched in my psche, words just don't do it justice. I hate that I missed the tour this year, the setlist was a dream come true for this fan of their 80's and early '90s albums. I have seen alot of footage of the shows and Ged sounds fantastic, like it actually floored me how much better his voice sounded. And on the Aerosmith album, I'm still convinced it's nothing special, to me sounds similar to the styles of thier last two albums, some good catchy songs but not really an 'album' if you know what I mean.
I finally "get" Clockwork Angels. A very complex album but the more I listen the more amazing it is. Very glad I was promted to give it more time. Shame on me for almost giving up. I should know better as I am a big progressive rock/metal fan and their music is generally more complex and requires a period of time to fully grasp. In fact, that is what I like about it.