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Aero$mith "Mu$ic From Another Dimen$ion",
This review is from: Music From Another Dimension (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.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 4:35:01 PM PST
There are actually a couple songs on this album that sound like 70's Aerosmith, Luv XXX, Street Jesus. They haven't had songs like that in AGES! Oh Yeah and Legendary Child are also VERY good! Unfortunately 10 songs on the album are total garbage. It's not even a matter of sounding old, just sounding TERRIBLE!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 5:58:51 PM PST
I agree this sound a bit like the 70's Aerosmith and in my review I stated there was just a bit of the old vibe to maybe draw in some of the old 70's fan. And how about the length of the songs! 7 minutes! Really?
Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:01:59 AM PST
justin bereznak says:
I've been a fan since 93'. I was 11 at the time when get a grip came out. I have to say there are some good songs on this album but when Joe Perry says this is the album they've wanted to create for years I'm left scratching my head. Regardless I'm happy they actually released a new album.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 9:18:47 AM PST
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What I do not get is the listening over and over and finally saying, "Yeah this rocks!". It either does or it doesn't. Like fans have to convince themselves a band who once ruled the airwaves now simply has lost it. Personally, if it does not hit home after a spin or two (maybe 3), back to "Box Of Fire" I go. Funny how Aerosmith was once called the American Rolling Stones....have to laugh at that one. Both are on sub-par autopilot cranking out mediocre music way, way way past quitting time.
Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:02:25 PM PST
J. Michael says:
Yeah, I remember the concert in '76' at Comiskey Park. Do you remember the fire they had that cleared everyone out just before Aerosmith took the stage? At the time, it pissed me off because when they let everyone back in, even people that did not pay for the concert got in for a free show. Those were the days when Aerosmith rocked!!! It's been a while but I remember 3-4 other bands played and one got booed off the stage. If you were to ask me 15 years ago, I probably would have remembered who the other bands were. If my memory serves me right, I think one of them may have been Rick Derringer.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:32:50 PM PST
Aerosmith, Jeff Beck w/ Jan Hammer and Derringer...can not remember if there was a 4th. All I remember is seeing Joe Perry play a chord on his guitar and actually hearing it a second or two later. Ultra-sh$t sound systems back in the day!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 5:28:48 AM PST
If ya wanna hear 70's Aerosmith go listen to "Toys" or "Rocks" I wanna hear 2012 Aerosmith! If these guys were a new band ya'll would be raving bout how good it is. Another Dimension! is a solid Aerosmith album!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 8:46:42 AM PST
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If they were a new band, they would be in an assisted living facility playing cover tunes on bingo night. You may have missed it but several band members actually boasted this would be a return to the old sound. They said it, not me. Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford were on "That Metal Show" saying it was a return to the 70's. No outside influences, just the band in a room hammering out new songs together. Really? Not when we get Desmond Child and Carrie Underwood. If I want a new/newer band with the 70's vibe I'll check out Buckcherry, Black Country Communion or American Dog.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 7:16:57 PM PST
J. Michael says:
Yeah, now that you mention the bands, there was a 4th. It was the group that got booed off stage. I haven't heard the new album because I stopped buying / listening to everything after "PUMP". Though, I should have stopped after "Rock In A Hard Place" which I actually liked. I was curious about this after seeing Tyler interviewed by the big "O". Now, I'm not too sure.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 11:28:00 PM PST
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Jordan Farquharson says:
Only one song(We All Fall Down) has lyrics written by an outsider(Diane Warren). Before people go complaining about her, she did cowrite Wild Is The Wind by Bon Jovi, and that one has a nice '70s acoustic vibe. The other songs with outside cowriters has to do with the music. There are only THREE songs with outside cowriters. Also, STOP F***ING CRYING ABOUT CARRIE UNDERWOOD.