Lock up your daughters and grandmothers...Aerosmith is loose!!!!!
Mar 24, 2001
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 power of the old group and the sophistication of their later releases, this disc has something for everyone. From raw rock and roll to the ballads that have become a main stay for these guys, Just Push Play delivers.
Opening with a dial tone and the indie sound that infused their last release, the first song "Beyond Beautiful" takes off into a rocker that rivals anything that they have done recently. This song is a great example of how the band has matured. Just listen to the gutteral guitar and wailing vocals that lead to the melodic chorus. These guys know how to rock! Just listening to Brad Whitford and Joe Perry exchange guitar solos on this song makes this one a treat. With this type of opening, you know that Aerosmith is back!!!
Next up is the title track "Just Push Play." This tune reminds me alot of the song "Eat The Rich" from their Get A Grip album. Frantic energy is the name of the game here and Aerosmith delivers. This song is a slap at censorship and Tyler delivers a subtle line in the chorus designed to keep them busy! This one is destined to be a great treat live. It is the type of song that they do best in front of an audience. Still a great dose of great rock and roll from the guys that really know how to do it right!
The first single off the album is the next track "Jaded." This one has to fall into the category of power ballad. A very catchy melody that has already received more airplay than anything by Aerosmith since "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." This is the type of song that the new Aerosmith does so well, a melodic hard rocker! Perry and Whitford give this song the edge that keeps it from becoming pure pop. A good tune that will float around in your head constantly!
Tyler and the boys add a piano to help deliver the next ballad, "Fly Away From Here." The newer, sleeker, Aerosmith can do a number like this one. The old band would never get away with it. This ballad will rival their only number 1 hit by the time that all is said and done. This is a great number that shows off just how much they have matured. The combination of edgy metal and strings makes this one a song that will receive a ton of airplay and rightfully so!
The band takes another turn with the psychedelic tune "Trip Hoppin'." This song has a very surreal sound at times. Taking us on roller coaster ride that does not stop till the end! Also adding the Tower of Power horns section makes this one a unique experience to say the least! A different kind of tune, not the strongest on this disc, but still gets a passing grade.
One of the highlights from this album is the next song "Sunshine." This song delivers all that makes Aerosmith one of the best groups ever. Great lyrics that have that biting edge that Tyler does so well, a catchy melody and some great guitar playing to boot!! I am sure that this rocker will also become one of the major hits from this disc. Just a great tune in every way.
The band gets back to the basics with the song "Under My Skin: next. Starting out with the dual guitars that help to shape their sound, this one just keeps hammering!! Aerosmith opens the arsenal once again and this time they come out firing!!! This song also shows off Aerosmith's secret weapon, Joey Kramer. Just listen to his work on this song. You will soon realize why he is one of the best drummers around!
"Luv Lies" is another highlight. This song that could have been another of the power ballads from Get A Grip or Pump, this one mixes the acoustic and electric guitars to make a sound that fits this one to a tee! Also the subtle strings backing this one gives it a much richer sound. Just listen to the guitar work on here. Underplayed at times, the stylish little bits from Perry are classic and help to make this one another great tune.
The song "Outta You Head" can best be described as the ultimate Aerosmith rap. Followed by the dynamic rock that has made these guys great. This one is another song that I think will be a showstopper live. It has that kind of energy. Different than what you are use to by these guys, but not a bad tune at all.
I think that the band is trying to take their own Magical Mystery Tour with the next song "Drop Dead Gorgeous." This one sounds very much like the drug induced music that came from the afore mentioned album. The only difference is the work of Perry and Hamilton once again. The guitar work on this tune is the best on the album. Get ready to take a retro trip with this song!!
"Light Inside" is another frantic rocker that is almost a continuation of the last song! The band unleashes it's guitars to provide this song with a dynamic backdrop to Tyler's psychedelic vocals. This is the weakest song on the album by far, but still has it's moments. Still not one that you will skip over.
The album ends with the very powerful "Avant Garden." This song is another that takes us from melodic ballad to high energy rocker and then back again! A very good tune that is again highlighted by the guitar work of the dynamic duo! They trade licks back and forth behind the superb vocal work of Tyler. This song works on all levels and has such a lush textured sound it will suck you in and leave you wanting more. A great way to end this very fine album...well almost!
If you wait awhile, there is a brief little version of the Avant Garden chorus that sounds like something off a Queen record. Followed by a little bit of strings that swirl and provide a fitting true end to this album.
Well, once again, Aerosmith has proved why they are really the band that matters. While some might want them to fall back on the type of music from years past, I think that it is good that they have decided to keep looking forward. While never abandoning their unique style, it is refreshing to hear something different and at the same time....pure Aerosmith!!!!
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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