Aerosmith has certainly evolved quite a bit when they first came on the scene in the early seventies. The early Aerosmith was noted for ear grabbing guitar riffs, raunchy vocals, and a loud sound. Where the raunchiness is certainly front and center, the guitar playing is buried too much beneath the supporting string arrangement. Gosh let Joe and Barry crank up their amps and play. None the less, the songs for the most part are very catchy. Beyond Beautiful, Outta Your Head, and Fly Away From Here have some very catchy hooks. And I love the scratching effect on the title track and the atmosphere on Drop Dead Goregous. Aerosmith shows the willingness to continue to experiment. This has made them a great success in the changing popular music world. Therefore, Just Push Play and Enjoy!
Pros: Catchy music and lyrics that stay in your head. Cons: Luv Lies The Bottom Line: Just read my opinion, okay? By now, everyone knows the details of the Aerosmith story: They made it big with songs like Dream On and Walk this Way, got big egos, did drugs and alcohol, went to rehab, and made the greatest comeback in music history. They are America's self-proclaimed greatest rock band, and they show why one again on Just Push … more
Pros: A diversity in styles that captures the old and the new Aerosmith Cons: May not appeal to all fans The Bottom Line: A fine addition to the Aerosmith catalog The newest release from the bad boys from Boston, has them spreading their wings once again. Never a band to sit still, Tyler and company have once again delivered a quality album that shows why this band still matters! Showing both the raw … more
It's difficult to separate Aerosmith from their glorious/inglorious history--one that's seen more revivals thanWest Side Story. For better or worse, the stalwart Boston quintet carry a load of preconceptions that are impossible to shake. ThusJust Push Playbegs the question: If this 12-song set was the product of a bunch of upstarts, would it cause much of a commotion? The answer: Absolutely! Working with coproducers and song collaborators Marti Frederiksen and Mark Hudson, Aerosmith have forged an album that gracefully fuses '70s hard-rock grit with contemporary gloss. The pop-infused likes of the sweeping "Jaded" and the insistent "Sunshine" best demonstrate the formula that Tyler, Perry, and company have settled on for now, while gliding strings surge over Tyler's patented screech and the no-nonsense grind of the four instrumentalists. Mailed-in lyrics and a few self-conscious nods to the times marJust Push Play, but the pleasures to be had here overwhelm the album's deficiencies.--Steven Stolder