Recorded at the Boneyard, Perry's basement home studio in Boston. Joe Perry achieves a smoldering intensity via Perry's signature guitar riffs and unmistakable deep vocals. The album's 13 tracks include 11 new Joe Perry original compositions as well as covers of the Doors' 'The Crystal Ship' and Woody Guthrie's 'Vigilante Man'. Columbia. 2005.
For his first solo album in over 20 years, Aerosmith
guitarist Joe Perry isn't exactly tearing up the blueprint. He may not have Diane Warren
faxing over the power-ballads but this eponymous release is pretty much what you would expect from the man who has provided the sleazy, powerhouse riffs for everything from "Walk This Way" to "Dude Looks Like A Lady." He's no Steven Tyler but Perry holds his own on the vocal tracks here, including respectful covers of the Doors'
"Crystal Ship" and Woody Guthrie's
"Vigilante Man." But it's the bluesy instrumental material like "Twilight" and "Mercy" that shows the guitar hero (who also plays bass, keyboards and co-produces) at his amplifier blowing best. --Aidin Vaziri