on September 6, 2014
Too Many Production Company enchanments to the sound, which weren't even musical effects. Too much jivin around and not enough hard rockin'. Too much Jivin. Too much celebrity-soul-singing. Not enough harmonics. Not enough rhythym. Not enough melody. Not enough thick gritty guitars reverberating from all over the place. Not enough thunderous, ballistic drumwork. Not enough "Yak-Yak-Yak-Yak" by Steven Tyler. Too much weird sound effects that don't even rock. and finally, TOO MUCH TALKING at the beginning and end. It's there worst studio album, even below Honkin' On Bobo. Still, it gets three stars because it's worth hoping around from track to track.
Hard Core Aerosmith fans Must have it, but everyone else can wait till they've collected the rest of their studio discography, now fifteen albums counting this one. If you happen to love all their ballads, then go ahead and get this anyway; it's loaded down with six out of fifteen tracks.
I believe a great album results, not just by the good stuff that's on it, but the Other stuff that's LEFT OFF. Although it's loaded with an album's worth of great music, unfortunately, it also includes some of their least inspiring and Hollywood produced teeny-bopper-pop-fluddery imaginable. Some of the tunes are as sappy as as "Hole in my Soul" from the nineties album Nine Lives, or "Fly Away from Here," from last decades Just Push Play. Except there's no rockin' ballads like "Sunshine" and "Jaded" [on JPP] ... (or) "Full Circle" - "Fallen Angels" - "Kiss Your Past Goodbye" - "Ain't That a Bitch," [on NL] which could stealth under the hard rock radar back then. The album simply breaks the cardinal rules of a Well-Produced hard rock album: too much non harmonic "Hollywood" sound effects. A listener like myself wants to hear Aerosmith, not a Steven Spielberg movie clip the producer decided to "add" on a whim, perhaps to thicken the songs out. Even if the band concocted that stuff, it still comes across as unoriginal with tons of "alien" material littering THEIR album. I disdain the choruses that sound unlike Aerosmith in every conceivable way.
So, You pop this CD into Your laptop or PC, and Your "RythmBox Music Player" software rips it to the Hard-drive. Nice! You can now listen to it anytime you like, which You finally admit that half of songs You indeed WILL BE listening to, a Lot. You think Your software is really innovative because: You thought You had lost track 9, "Can't Stop Lovin' You" It just wasn't there with the rest of Your tracks under "Aerosmith" What happened to track 9? Well, later You discover that it's put All-By-Its-Lonesome under another Artist listing, "Aerosmith & Carrie Underwood" You pat yourself on Your back figuring Rythmbox is a truly COOL music organizer because its FREE, Open Source and never advertises, and It successfully isolated that culprit song away from the rest of Aerosmith's tunes. "Cool" You figure, Smiling hardily.
I'm listening to those Aerosmith tracks now... Wow, it COULD have been another jewel of an album with only eight, maybe nine tunes. I figure: LUV XXX, Oh Yeah, Out Go the Lights, Legendary Child, Street Jesus, Lover Alot, Freedom Fighter, and heck, one ballad that passes due to a gritty Aeosmith guitar sound, "Closer" Okay, and they could bleed it over into the mostly instrumental "Something" to finally end the album. If they trimmed all the ballads off, they could have saved them for another album next year, then kept Eight Tracks, expanded the rhythm and guitar harmonics out to achieve a long enough album length, forty minutes.
"Beautiful" is catchy, so much potential, but it's Aerosmith mostly hipping off, which destroys it. The other tunes are cry for me ballads: "Tell Me" "What Could Have Been Love" "We All Fall Down" "Another Last Goodbye" all somewhat catchy to pretty good, but they spoil the other parts of the album. So the listener is a hedonist one minute, a rapper the next, then crying a ballad six times in between. When Sony Music fell down the slippery slop on Nine Lives, they just kept going down WITH BALLAD FEVER.
My ears think an Aerosmith album should sound much like Joe Perry's self titled 2005 album, but with Steven Tyler on lyrics. I'm only writing this Review, just know, because saw them perform in Atlanta last week, and I'm guessing there hasn't been that much excitement here since Sherman marched through. It was a revival for fans! So I hope they get off their solo-sidejobs and finally do THAT new album now that they've heard their fans complain:
Dear Aerosmith -- please don't try to please two generations of audiences with a single CD anymore. Give US something new with one release, then give THEM something new on another, but not on the SAME plate of food. Thanks for "Music From..." but I just don't like the ice-cream-glitter served up on the same plate as my meat dish. Consistency is the hallmark of a fantastic album. The production fluff (yet again) brings the listening experience down on the Knees-of-blueArmy-Despair, no Falling In Love to lift it up. It's like a fine plate served with cotton-candy and ice-cream for the kids, AND for the adults: steak, chops, stuffin', and the long-string-bean. Thanks -- FAN
I'm still not done with the complaining! The worst part of it all is the album kick-off start, not with music, not even with some cool harmonic pizzaz, but with something unworthy even of an Aerosmith commercial advertising the concert that's coming to town. Oh, I read through the CD liner notes about it, and that's the Producer, Jack Douglas, speaking "hip" to us listeners, apparently trying to repeat 92's Get A Grip breakout with Steven Tyler's sage advice. Message to producer: You can explain the album on TV, alright, else join the chorus. And we are not that easily impressed with Hollywood "sound affects" anymore, unless its a V-coder, amp distortion or something harmonic that spells R-O-C-K. It isn't the nineties anymore, okay?
Music From Another Dimension, therefore, instantly comes across as a commercial production created by a record label, not a hard rock album created by Aerosmith.
Aerosmith still sounds great musically, but the new lyrics are like saccharine, and the production is full of Hollywood Style Gimmicks rather than what I want (sound effects produced by a hard rock band) I liked their Get a Grip album, but they still keep trying to replicate their 90's Get a Grip's formula, now more than ever, stretching it's style wider than ever before. This music is all over the place.
I'm hoping they wrap up their steller careers with a few short consistent (even repetitive sounding) albums with about eight tracks that bleed into each other. (They've got several styles of audiences to please before they retire) So the question is, could they come up with 24 new songs before they retire, and please each group, one at a time? I think it would be a commercial success; Aerosmith could have sold twice as many copies with only eight of their hard rocking tracks on this CD. Then sold twice as many again with the other tracks the following year.
So, the big flaw in Music From Another Dimension for me is that it sounds too eclectic, when what I really want to hear from Aerosmith is something harmonically consistent and band generated. I want to get in a particular mood and stay there from first to last track. If that's what you like though, this may be perfect for you. It does a little of everything, and to me that's disappoiting.