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  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000000OY5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Proof positive that the Toxic Twins should never be apart, Done with Mirrors was Aerosmith's first album since Joe Perry returned to the band in 1985. Though it didn't garner as much commercial success as did the follow-up Permanent Vacation, this album is in many ways truer to the heart of what Aerosmith was in their 1970s heyday. From the opening drive of "Let the Music Do the Talking" (which reuses that great riff from 1977's "Draw the Line"), to the strong grooves of "The Reason a Dog" and "Gypsy Boots," to the rockin' shuffle of "The Hop," Done with Mirrors is full of strong moments. The two best tracks on the album, though, show Aerosmith heading back to their roots: the swampy rock of "She's On Fire" and the jive-to-drive of "Darkness," both of which have the raw, bluesy base of the band's best material. If nothing else, Done with Mirrors indicated that Aerosmith may have been down, but they definitely weren't out of the running yet--something that Permanent Vacation would prove two years later. --Genevieve Williams

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Hopefully more fans will discover it.
Stretch
There really aren't any terrible songs on the record though most of the others really aren't memorable.
Mark H.
It is one of Aerosmith's best tracks since their Rocks album.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on June 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Original lead guitarist Joe Perry re-joined Aerosmith in 1985, and this album marked the beginning of their hugely succesful late-eighties comeback. It didn't get nearly as much attention as "Pump" or even "Permanent Vacation", partly because it lacks the obvious pop hit, I suppose, but it is actually a very solid hard rock record, perhaps Aerosmith's best since "Rocks".
The production is excellent, the riffs are big and dirty, the arrangements lean and mean, and "Mirrors" opens with one of Aerosmith's best songs of the 80s, the high-energy "Let The Music Do The Talking".
Other highlights include the funky, mid-tempo swagger of "Shame On You", the wonderfully titled groove of "The Reason A Dog", and the gritty, riff-driven two-guitar onslaught of "My Fist Your Face", a superb slice of melodic hard rock.
And yes, Steven Tyler's lyrics are immature and chauvenistic...although it's not nearly as bad as some of these reviewers will have you believe. But if you're going to take that kind of stuff seriously, you have no business listening to Aerosmith in the first place. Better stick with the Osmonds.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Flores on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Before Aerosmith let wimps write thier songs and produce thier records(and tell them which songs should be singles).They actually did attempt a comeback of furious perportions.Full of guts and glory"Done with mirrors"is the last pull out all the stops/guitar driven rock disc from the band.I find myself nowadays sayin'"Is Joe Perry still in this band?"On more recent releases I have to strain just to hear him>Not here.The guitar riffs dominate the procedings.The subject matter in the lyrics are rock and roll,fire women,bar brawling,and carrying yourself like a bad man!No sappy love ballads on this one.I love this record so much that when I recently met Joe Perry.It was this disc I had him sign.(See the photo at [...] click photos).So if you still got a problem with authority,can handle a good time,and aint afraid of yo' mama....get into this one.ggggrrRRRRr
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on March 19, 2005
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Even though I've heard critics and fans alike slam this 1985 comeback lp of the original line-up of Aerosmith, it will always have special meaning to me. Remember that video for "Let The Music Do The Talking"? Good thing I was forewarned about it. In the video, three fans sneak a super 8 movie camera into the concert, managing to film some decent footage of the band's performance. Then a fat guard catches them and chases them out the back door of the venue. The three drop the film off to a hippie working the late night shift at the Fotomat. Later, they're shown hanging out with the band watching the home movie. Two years before 'Done With Mirrors' came out, I myself attended an Aerosmith gig and managed to take a roll of super 8 film of the show. I had another person in the crowd warn me that a security guard had spotted me. I then moved to a different spot and removed my coat I had on. He never found me after that. That incident just might've influenced the video. Think about it. About the CD, I've always considered "Let The Music...", "My Fist Your Face", "Shela" (actually hung out with two, not one but two girls named Shela around this time), "Shame On You" and "She's On Fire" to be prime Aerosmith material. Just because this lp didn't sell very good doesn't mean it isn't any good. It's great! Old school hard rock.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Gore on January 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
1985's "Done with Mirrors" is one of the under-rated albums in thier catalogs (so is 1977's Draw the Line) and the music here is exactly what Aerosmith was about in their heyday. Good solid rock music with a heavy blues vibe. ITs not as solid as "Toys in the Attic" or "Rocks" yet it still is a great album to have in your collection, if you loved the stuff the band did in the 1970's. This would be the last good Aerosmith record that we would here, as once "Permanent Vacation" was released, and I heard "Dude looks like a lady" I knew that it would all be over. The band would spiral into a frenzy of writing all FM friendly rock tunes, with all the magic of what made them great in the 70's, just fizzle away. It would only get worse as the band would dabble with soft FM love ballads that would make us all think that all the drugs and booze really must have gotten to them. "Done with Mirrors" is one that never really got rollin on the pop charts, but once again, its a good album the last real solid effort that we would get from the band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Nelson on July 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the last real rock album from Aerosmith. No power-ballads, no slick over-production, no formula "hit" songs written by Desmond Child.... Just good hard rock. This album deserves to be more popular than all that followed. Buy two copies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think how you'll like this album depends on whether your first exposure to Aerosmith was "Jamie's Got A Gun" or "Mama Kin". If you grew up listening to Aerosmith in the 70s, then, like me, you probably think this is one of their best albums (if not *the* best). It's definitely old school Aerosmith, before the 80's "Permanent Vacation" stage of their songwriting career...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Gutierrez on June 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Forget that Permanent Vacation crappola! THIS is the good right here! Done With Mirrors IS the Comeback album from Aerosmith. This album seperates the REAL fans from all the other poser pain in the ass, wanna-be fans that fell in love with Dude Looks Like A Lady and Angel! This rates right up there with the Rocks period. THis is the period when they were very sick from alcoholism and drug addiction, but had a chance to regroup after a hiatus that started with the departure of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford; (during which the spots were filler by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Duffey (spelling?)). The result? Done With Mirrors...well, according to their autobiography, they weren't quite done with 'em yet, but anyway, a nice strong old school Aerosmith album is what you will get.

Highlights include, Let The Music Do The Talking, My Fist Your Face, Shame On You, The reason A Dog....well...the entire album is fantastic! Once again, if you like old school Aerosmith, you will love this album...if you only like the stuff from Permanent Vacation and foward......skip it...this is NOT for the weak hearted!
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