92 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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Talk about a yin and yang "comeback album."
On the plus side, producer Jack Douglas (Get Your Wings, Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Draw the Line) is on board. And the band, when in classic Aerosmith mode (as on the opener "Luv XXX") can still deliver the goods.
On the downside, the loathsome "outside songwriter" hacks are back: Diane Warren ("We All Fall Down"), Desmond Child ("Another Last Goodbye") and Jim Vallance ("Legendary Child"). The Warren song is syrupy slop, as is the Child song, but at least Vallance song rocks, in a Bryan Adams kind of way. You're almost waiting for Tyler to croon about how he got his first real six string at the five and dime. Why is it SO IMPOSSIBLE for these guys to go into a room somewhere and crank out a dozen or so Tyler/Perry/Whitford tracks?
It's not the idea that every Aerosmith song needs to rock the paint off the walls. After all, we all loved "Dream On," "Seasons Of Wither," "Home Tonight," and other "ballad" tracks back in their glory days, right?
The objection I have to the outsiders is that they're hacks. That's it, songwriting hacks "crafting" lightweight pop pap that is radio airwave-friendly. That said, this album is still about 1000 times better than Just Push Play, an album so truly loathsome that at any time following its release you could get seemingly endless used copies on Amazon for under a buck.
There's been a lot of grousing about the Carrie Underwood track, but what can I say? It's much, much better than the aforementioned tracks penned by Warren and Child, and it does in fact have a nice "classic Aerosmith" sound...well, maybe until Carrie takes her first lead vocal. But it's STILL not the worst track on the album.
It's not easy being an Aerosmith fan, especially when I count the hours I've spent driving around in my car listening to Rocks. I think we'd all like the band to deliver a new album that just sends it flying out of the park like THAT one did, right? And I don't mean rubber-stamping past glories...look at how many times Neil Young has had a wobbly album or two and came roaring back with something like this year's Psychedelic Pill?
Songs like "Lover Alot" have that old Toxic Twins swagger, but good grief, they go from that one right into the Diane Warren song.
THREE stars. Not FOUR, not FIVE, but THREE. I'm not saying this is a BAD album, I'm just saying they can do BETTER, because they've already DONE better. When you've been GREAT, "good" just ain't good ENOUGH.
If they can deal with the inter-band squabbling and personal dramas for another few years, and LOSE the hacks, JUST LOSE THEM, maybe they still have a five-sar album left in them. Maybe not. But in an age where the American Music Awards name Justin Bieber the "Performer of the Year," a three star Aerosmith album is better than no Aerosmith album at all...right?
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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Cut the old guys some slack, please! They are still tuneful, they are still comin' up with some sassy and interesting lyrics, and they are still handling well the chords and runs we so love. What more could you ask from these elderly gents who still know how to rock?
I had no expectations, so I wasn't disappointed. I'd like to see what Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, One Direction and Justin Bieber are doing in their 70's. Steven Tyler is a master, as is Joe Perry. They deserve respect and not pity. They've pulled out their genius through time and it has stood the test. So it isn't the "old Aerosmith," or the "new Aerosmith." It's ludicrous for anyone to expect them to sound like they did 40 years ago, and overly optimistic to expect them to create something very new at their ages. Who does that? Not even Picasso. Gold is gold and Aerosmith is definitely gold!
I wanted something pretty and I wanted something wild on this album. "Oh Yeah," may not have been wild enough but it almost was and I enjoyed its humor. "What Could Have Been Love" and "Another Last Goodbye," are to be savored for their poignancy and wisdom. I can't imagine a 20-something writing these songs or singing them convincingly. Speaking of which, "We All Fall Down" rocks us nicely into that feel-good upliftment that so many recent singers have created (Jason Mraz, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga) and which fans need.
If you've ever liked Aerosmith and have no ax to grind or ridiculous expectations, you won't go wrong buying this album.
50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
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I am listening to "Music From Another Dimension" for the second time and, as with most new releases by older groups, it's growing on me. Sure, it doesn't sound like "Rocks", but why should it? That was almost 40 years ago! Can you believe that? These guys are 60+ years old and like me and YOU, yes YOU, they have aged and changed and so has their music. Great? Maybe not, but present day Aerosmith? Oh yeah! I saw them live recently and they still rock! Soon we're not going to have the pleasure of listening to anything new from classic groups like this because they're going to retire.
No break down of the tracks from me. Some are good, some not so good, but I buy CDs for everything that's on them and I'll listen to all of them. All 15 of these songs will join the 17000+ on my Ipod which includes the rest of the Aerosmith catalog. Do I like the ballads? Yes. I haven't created an Aerosmith image that excludes songs like "Can't Stop Loving You" or "Don't Want To Miss A Thing". Why does everybody hate that song?
As for Amazon's service, I received this CD on the day it was released. In all the orders I have placed through Amazon I have never had a problem.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Why all the fuss over this album? So many people just want to complain over the amount of ballads on this album, but with an album with 15 songs on the standard edition, why complain? I own and enjoy all of Aerosmith's albums, old and new (Yes, that includes Just Push Play), and I think this is one of the best ones. Is it Toys In The Attic, Rocks, or Pump? No, but I'm proud of this album. With songs like LUV XXX, Oh Yeah, Tell Me, Out Go The Lights, Legendary Child, Street Jesus, We All Fall Down, and Another Last Goodbye, it's a no brainer that this album is great. I own the deluxe edition from Walmart, so it came with four extra songs: Shakey Ground, Up On The Mountain, Oasis In The Night, and Sunny Side Of Love. Combined with the other 15 songs on the standard album, that's 19 songs to listen to, and if you can enjoy at least half of them, then there shouldn't be a problem.
LUV XXX is the best album opener on an Aerosmith album since Young Lust on Pump, and it's actually one of my absolute favorite Aerosmith songs. Oh Yeah sounds like something that could have been from the first album, it's bluesy and rocking. Beautiful sounds like something from Just Push Play, it has a simple, but cool sounding riff and great verses; the chorus is a little weird, but it has grown on me a lot. Tell Me is Tom Hamilton's first songwriting credit since Janie's Got A Gun on Pump, and not only that, but it's his first solo songwriting credit, and he did an incredible job. Tell Me is amazing and powerful, I can't think of a better way to describe it. Out Go The Lights is a song that sounds like the child of Get The Lead Out and Last Child from Rocks, it's a great rocker and it has a riff that'll get stuck in your head. Legendary Child is a song written during the recording of Get A Grip, but the song was unfortunately left off of the album. It has a Zeppelin-like riff with lyrics that detail Aerosmith's entire career and even references some early songs (Walk This Way and Adam's Apple). What Could Have Been Love is a country-like ballad that took a little time to grow on me; I used to hate it, but I can enjoy it now. Street Jesus is the first Tyler/Perry/Whitford song since Voodoo Medicine Man, and it's the heaviest song on the album, incredible rocker. Can't Stop Lovin' You... no. Just no. Lover Alot is another song that took some time to grow on me, but I always loved the verses of the song, the chorus just took some time. We All Fall Down is a beautiful ballad written by Diane Warren, it's so amazing and so inspirational. Freedom Fighter is sung by Joe Perry and it sounds like a song that could have been on one of his early solo albums, another great rocker. Closer is another ballad that, while not a song that sticks out to me, is a good song, you can definitely enjoy it quite a bit. Something is another song that Joe Perry sings on the album; it details the band's hatred of their past (and possibly current) managers. Nice way to stick it to the man. Good song. Another Last Goodbye is a ballad that could easily compete with You See Me Crying, Home Tonight, and Mia. It may even be better. It is so beautiful, I can't think of a better way to close an album.
Now those extra four songs that came with the deluxe edition from Walmart. Shakey Ground is a cover of an old funk song by The Temptations, and it fits really well with Aerosmith, they did an incredible job with it. It's extremely funky. Up On The Mountain is Tom Hamilton's first lead vocal performance on an Aerosmith song, and it is incredible. Great riff and great lyrics. Oasis In The Night is another song sang by Joe Perry, and it is a ballad. I never thought I'd see the day where Joe Perry would sing a ballad, but it happened and he did a great job. Sunny Side Of Love unfortunately never interested me.
Overall, this album is incredible and I highly recommend it to any Aerosmith fan.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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I think there is such a thing as too much filler on this album. Jack Douglas is a great producer, however I don't want to hear his introduction on LuvXXX every time I listen to the album. The same can be said for the intro to Street Jesus. Too many ballads, especially Diane Warren's Another Last goodbye. All in all an ok album. Not great, not what I would have expected, but ok.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
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I bought this because I love older 'Smith. Even found small redeeming quality in 'Get A Grip'. They truly lost their way now. Don't get it. But I still cant give it a 1. maybe out of pure respect? or maybe because I am not a total 'die hard' Aerosmith fan. If I was, I would be heartbroken and wish for a 0 rating for this return CD.
They should have waited longer.
Bad in 2 regards. they are trying to relive their 80's early 90's ballad filled hit-streak (but failing miserably), and they really left their ba**s behind on this. There isn't much passion where there should be, even in the soft tracks (which compile 80% of the CD). The cheese factor is strong here. Sounds very 'by the numbers'. Add the fact that Tyler's voice is overbearingly on top in the mix, and that there is no real punch to the tracks except for the sound quality and you get this uninspired, directionless offering. Its a pretty boring mess. An extremely hyped and 'polished' mess. Especially for us old fans.
I bought it because it was cheap and I figured, with so many songs and liking most of the bands stages, a few songs had to be keepers. Not the case. I mean of 15 tracks not even 3 or 4 good songs? Its nothing offensively bad, just very very very safe. no real substance or swagger you would expect from the band. I wont be going back to this one very often because i don't remember most of it.
Oh well, its only money.. But save yours and if you want decent Aerosmith look elsewhere. Buy 'Rocks' or 'Live Bootleg' from the 70's, 'Rock In A Hard Place' from the 80's or 'Pump', 'Get a Grip' for later stuff, not this. Don't be fooled by the pretty package. Not good.
103 of 143 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am going to preface this by the statements I am not a fanboy (I have been An Aerosmith Fan since '73) and I know most of the time negative reviews are associated with the a click on the "no" button. So regardless, here it goes:
If I could set the wayback machine to 1976, crank "Toys In The Attic" on vinyl again and ask myself the question "I wonder what Aerosmith will sound like in 2012?". "Music From Another Dimension" would be a "good" answer.
Granted, the album still sounds like Aerosmith, but it just sounds old, contrived, weak, uninspired, digital, sterile, boring, cliched and commercial. Oh...I know what some are thinking and don't even go there! Guitarists have been rehashing the same Chuck Berry riffs for over 50 years and some still kick fraggin ass. Not here. The deal breakers are the power ballads. Is it just me or do the phrases "return to the old sound" and "duet with Carrie Underwood" seem like an obvious contradiction? What we actually have is a slight return to the "old sound". Just enough 70's Aerosmith to possibly reel in longtime fans; and then an over abundance of power ballads for the longtime "Jaded" fans. Power ballads geared more toward iTunes
download rather than pleasing longtime fans who pray for a shimmer of "Back In The Saddle", again. I won't go into a track by track analysis, you can get from other reviews. I look at the album as a whole and it just disappoints. Finally, there is an overall vibe these guys just don't care anymore: don't care about the fans, the music, each other, and what Aerosmith once meant in the world of rock n' roll. Well, they may care about their PayPal or 401K accounts.
Like a wise man once said, "If something doesn't make sense, it is about money, someone involved is literally crazy, or both". I leave anyone who saw Aerosmith back at Comiskey Park in '76 to figure out which applies here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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I find that most of this album is really very good. There are multiple uptempo songs that rock out raw and hard (Luv XXX, Lover Alot, Legendary Child and more...) and a few slower heavier songs that are quite good as well (Closer, Something, Oasis in the Night). Yes there are too many ballads, at least 3 too many, however, with the extra tracks provided on the deluxe version(s) of this CD one gets all together somewhere around 60-70 minutes of solid rock 'n roll, (subtracting 3 ballads). There isn't nearly enough of that coming out any more these days. Of course paying extra for the deluxe variants of this CD is annoying but that's how it is. Finally, the mix on this CD is better than I've heard from Aerosmith in a long, long time. It's raw but still well balanced and doesn't sound overproduced. A major improvement over the last two studio albums of original material - Nine Lives and Just Push Play....
The criticisms of this album appear to me to be far out of proportion. Aerosmith has changed, all bands change. There will never be another album like Rocks or Toys in the Attic. That being said Aerosmith can still rock hard and raw (especially live, take a look at "You Gotta Move" - DVD). In fact, I would say that they sound better live in their older years than they did when they were younger. This is probably due to a number of reasons: a measure of sobriety leading to improved musicianship, longer variations/jams on songs in concert, and the better sounds systems available today.
Give the new album a listen. Rip the songs to a music file and delete the sappy ballads and you're left with a damn good rock 'n roll record.. Enjoy!!
My two cents anyway.....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I have waited a very long time to review this CD; reluctant to slam it after a first listen. Joe Perry has recently stated in the press that he is very disappointed in the public's reception to this album, and the lack of publicity that the album received from the record company. As a Aerosmith fan for close to 40 years, it simply amounts to the fact that this album is not very good. The spark that gave us 'Rocks', 'Toys in the Attic', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump' is missing. Yes, the classic crunchy guitar riffs are ever present, and a few songs--at certain points-sound very similar to 'Draw the Line' and 'Sweet Emotion.' You have to wonder if the riff between Tyler and the band has permanently wounded the song writing team that brought us those classic Aerosmith tunes from the albums mentioned previously. By the way, what is up with six ballads??? Come on, this is supposed to be rock and roll.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
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Let's face it - we will never get another A+ Aerosmith album like "Rocks" or "Pump." The band is too fractured for that, and it's nothing short of a miracle that after years of failed attempts we saw a new album at all. And with the possible exception of Rush, it's damn near impossible to find a band who makes music 40+ years into their career that ranks among their very best work.
That being said, "Music From Another Dimension" has a 45-minute album's worth of material that ranks from pretty good to quite good. What does the remaining 25 minutes suffer from? Overwrought balladry and Joe Perry's lead vocals. And while much of the album rocks hard, there's also an unfortunate lack of big rock hooks, which is really what prevents this album from ranking among the band's best. But this didn't need to be their best to still be pretty damn good.
"LUV XXX" starts things off right. It's pure sexy rock with a great groove and one of the album's better hooks, and would be a welcome set opener for the supporting tour. It's likely no coincidence that the writing credits read simply "Tyler/Perry," and one can only help wonder what kind of album this may have been if all songs carried similar credits.
"Oh Yeah", penned solely by Joe Perry, continues the rock & roll party, and let's all thank Steven Tyler for insisting that he sing the lead vocals instead of Joe (more on that later). On "Beautiful", it's evident that the band came to the table with the verses while an outside writer brought in the chorus, but it works. And "Tell Me", penned entirely by bassist Tom Hamilton and carrying a noticeable Beatles influence, has the distinction of being one of the album's only enjoyable ballads.
Over the next six tracks, we see the blend of near-greatness and mediocrity that modern-day Aerosmith has become known for. "Out Go the Lights" and "Legendary Child" share not only a melody but also a sense of raw rock & roll fun, and rank as two of the album's best tracks (sadly, the latter is an outtake from nearly 20 years ago). "Street Jesus" and "Lover A Lot" are right up there, too, with the former serving as one of the band's most energetic blasts of rock boogie since the 70's. But then we have "What Could Have Been Love", a largely outside-written melodramatic ballad that's basically a rewrite of "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing" mixed with Jourey's "Open Arms", and "Can't Stop Lovin' You", a country-fied duet with Carrie Underwood. The songs are practically interchangeable in their mediocrity, making you yearn for ballads that actually felt genuine ("What It Takes", "Cryin").
Unfortunately, the album never really recovers after this. Ballads "We All Fall Down" and "Another Last Goodbye" should have been shelved or saved for other projects, while Joe Perry's rocking "Freedom Fighter" and psychedelic "Something" both suffer from his lead vocals. Of the album's last five tracks, only the mid-tempo "Closer" (with a rare songwriting credit to drummer Joey Kramer) is worthy of inclusion on the album. Oh, and deluxe-version bonus track "Sunny Side of Love" is much better than any of these songs. Couldn't have one of the album's many producers fought for its inclusion?
All its flaws considered, "Music From Another Dimension" is still a 3.5/5, B-grade album simply because there's enough good material to latch onto, especially for anyone who didn't want the lackluster "Just Push Play" or covers-only album "Honkin' On Bobo" to be known as the band's latest work. Overall this is a step back up for the band and one worth checking out.