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Should have been much better....,
This review is from: Music From Another Dimension (Audio CD)
As a lifetime fan of Aerosmith, it hurts me to write this...
This album reminds me of the time I eagerly awaited the arrival of a new restaurant in town. After months of hearing how good it was going to be, then standing in line for over an hour when they opened, the food was placed in front of me, and.... blah!
11 years after the still-born "Just Push Play", 8 years after the pretty good covers album "Honkin' on Bobo", and after several years of girly-slapping between Steven and Joe (and a revolting rumor that one William Idol would be the new lead singer!?!!?), finally word came that the 'Smith would be cranking up in full force again. And the great Jack Douglas would be at the helm. What could go wrong?
Well, plenty. First of all, Steven and Joe took co-producer credits, instead of letting Douglas run things. Then the evil Marti Frederiksen was allowed to participate in the project. Then they scraped the bottom of the barrel for a Diane Warren song (why won't that hack go away?). Then they invited the lovely, but vocally challenged Carrie Underwood to attempt to sing on a song.
For gawd's sakes!!! They promised us an album that would rival "Toys" and "Rocks"!!! I would have accepted something to rival "Pump" or "Get Your Wings". Instead we get this?
Now, I did rate this 3 stars, so I'm not saying it's terrible. But like that restaurant I was talking about, it ain't what it should have been. Too many cooks?
One nice thing, as has been noted elsewhere, the album cover art is really cool. If you look closely, you can see many references to past Aerosmith albums.
Now on to the songs (Although I have the deluxe version, I'll only rate the songs on the regular CD):
1. LUV XXX - This is a pretty good rocker, if you start it at the :57 mark. Why have they insisted on these gimmicky openings to their albums ever since "Get a Grip"? Why not just kick arse from the get-go, as "Pump", "Toys", "Done With Mirrors", and others did? Anyway, this one features Julian Lennon (!) on harmony vocals, it and sounds strangely like Stone Temple Pilots to me. But it's a good tune. +1
2. Oh Yeah - Another good rocker with nice guitars and female backing vox. +1
3. Beautiful - Pseudo-rap and production gimmicks take this one too close to "Just Push Play" territory. Still, it's better than just about anything on that stinker. 0
4. Tell Me - Tom Hamilton wrote this schlock!?!? At least it has pretty good guitars. -1
5. Out Go the Lights - This is the standout track. A funky groove, great guitar riffs, harmonica, female vox, and filthy lyrics. This is A-smith. It combines the 70's vibe with the 80's/90's sound. If only the whole album was like this. +2
6. Legendary Child - Another one that ventures too close to the "JPP" sound. But it's a winner, I suppose. +1
7. What Could Have Been Love - This one was dug up from the litter box.... Don't get me wrong; I love me a good Aerosmith ballad. But this ain't one of them. -1
8. Street Jesus - I think the audio collage that begins this is supposed to evoke "Rats in the Cellar". This song isn't nearly that good, but it's a fine rocker. Tyler sings really well here. Hellacious guitars starting at the 3:37 mark. +1
9. Can't Stop Loving You - Starts off interestingly, kind of like "What it Takes", then it quickly degenerates into an American Idol duet. Carrie Underwood is best looked at rather than heard. Sadly, the band plays pretty well here, but the song stinks. -1
10. Lover Alot - Even though it's kind of a forced rocker, it works for me. More filthy lyrics! The guitars at the end make it cool. +1
11. We All Fall Down - Audio vomit, courtesy of D. Warren. (I truly believe that Elvis, the Beatles, Dylan, the Stones, or even the Carpenters could not make a good record out of a Diane Warren song) -2
12. Freedom Fighter - Kick-arse rocker. Joe's voice is raggedier than ever, which is a good thing. +1
13. Closer - Ummmm....Well, it has good harmony vocals. And pretty good guitars. 0
14. Something - Joe Perry sez, "Get the hell out of my way, Scarf-boy, and let me rock!" +1
15. Another Last Goodbye - This band has had some hellacious closing ballads on past albums. This one really tries, but it's horrible. -1
So those are my assessments of the songs. If you add up my ratings after each song, they equal 3. So this one gets 3 stars, coincidentally or not.
Now, if you have the Deluxe version (or go on Youtube to listen to the extra songs), you'll probably agree that "Shakey Ground" and "Up On a Mountain" (vocals by Tom Hamilton!) should have been put on the regular CD. In fact, if you get rid of "What Could Have Been Love", "Tell Me", "Beautiful", "Can't Stop Loving You", "Closer", and the abomination that is "We All Fall Down", and replace them with "Shakey Ground" and "Up On a Mountain" on the CD, you'd have a kick-arse album. In its released form, though, Music From Another Dimension! is only average.... It's weighed down by songs that are only there to sell product.
Listening to this album, it's clear that the rhythm section is still tight. Tyler can still sing and do his "rap". Joe and Brad can whip any guitar combo out there.
Boys, please give us that totally rocking album you promised before you can't anymore!
Oh, and American Idol sux!!!
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 9:34:51 PM PST
Jordan Farquharson says:
Nice review...not!! I'm glad that they picked Carrie to do a country crossover ballad. If the Stones can do country type songs like Country Honk, You Got The Silver, and Far Away Eyes, why can't Aerosmith do Can't Stop Lovin' You? Slamming Aerosmith for picking someone from American Idol to guest on their album is like picking on the Stones for doing a Beatles cover, or for Genesis for have the EWF horns on their song(No Reply At All).
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 8:49:47 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012 8:56:23 PM PST
Nice comment....NOT. There's nothing wrong with "country-type" songs; that wasn't the point. The Stones songs you mentioned were all good. "No Reply at All" is a good song (even though it's not country. But Earth, Wind & Fire rules). "Can't Stop Loving You" is just a bad song. And the hack female singer makes it stink even more. There is nothing wrong with having guests on an album, but they should have some G.D. talent.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 6:55:04 PM PST
Jordan Farquharson says:
Carrie Underwood does have talent; you're just too blind and deaf to notice.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 8:58:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 9:01:23 AM PST
I'm not going to get into a pi$$ing contest with you, Farquharson. Calling someone "blind and deaf" is a childish retort that suggests you are personally offended by my dislike of Ms. Underwood's singing. So be it. If you can only focus on that in your posting, your posts are of no value.
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