Album Review of Aerosmith's Music from Another Dimension

The first in a series of album reviews!

written by Cāngkù Shísān

 

 

So here we have it, my debut Movellas album review. I figured I’d start with a band everyone knows, or must know, at least. Aerosmith, the biggest selling American band in history. Yes, you heard me right IN HISTORY. And I’m here to review Music From Another Dimension! - their first studio album of all original material in 11 years (it follows up the album Just Push Play, released in 2001. As you may have worked out, this album was released in 2012).

 

The album opens spectacularly with the rather interestingly titled LUV XXX, beginning with an intro of sci-fi proportions and moving into the best riff I have heard in a long time. The lyrics, though pretty poor, fit well, and it has just the right amount of Steven Tyler perversion without making you concerned.

 

Oh Yeah and Beautiful are pretty average tracks, the former edging out the latter due to its boogie guitar rhythm. Again, I’m not overly impressed with the lyrics, but the tracks carry well enough.

 

Tell Me is one of the weakest Aero-ballads I have come across. The track is actually quite intelligent, but it misses the mark. It’s a good job I found a stronger ballad later on.

 

Out Go The Lights is classic Aerosmith, so classic that I don’t like it. This track is perfect for fans of the band’s earlier output, however. As is the next track, Legendary Child. This is amazing, and it even takes you back to some of the earlier days. This one has definite feel of their Nine Lives album.

 

Next we have the 1-2-3 punch of What Could Have Been Love, the best Aerosmith love song since I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing (you’ve all heard that one!), Street Jesus, which is Out Go The Lights’ badder, better looking (and less tedious) brother. Then there’s the much-hated duet with Carrie Underwood, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You. Despite the distaste towards this song, I like it a lot, and the country feel is well placed. These are the strongest three on the album.

 

Lover Alot and We All Fall Down are both strong, though I do get bored of the former pretty quickly. They bring the album perfectly into what could have been the end. But sadly, Steven and Co. couldn’t resist the allure of a longer album, so they insisted on 15 instead of 11.

 

Joe Perry’s vocal attempts leave a lot to be desired, making Freedom Fighter and Something into pretty shoddy tracks. Slap bang in the middle of these is Closer, a song which is so bad I have no recollection of it. Then the end gratefully arrives with Another Last Goodbye. This closer isn’t a bad track, with its anti-chorus and beautiful melody. However, the three tracks before it reduce your enjoyment, stopping you liking the track and instead resulting in you praying for the end.

 

All in all, not a bad album. It isn’t Permanent Vacation by any means, nor is it Night In The Ruts (here’s something fun for you: switch the ‘N’ of Night and the ‘R’ of Ruts around and tell me what you get;-) That’s exactly what this band was going for! I do feel that, at this point in their career, they should be sounding like this but sometimes less is more, and that’s where this album falls short.

 

Full Tracklist (standard edition)

LUV XXX

Oh Yeah

Beautiful

Tell Me

Out Go The Lights

Legendary Child

What Could Have Been Love/Street Jesus

Can’t Stop Lovin’ You

Lover Alot

We All Fall Down

Freedom Fighter

Closer

Something

Another Last Goodbye

 

 

      3 out of 5

 

Thank you to Cāngkù Shísān for writing this album review!

 

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