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 Play, their newest album and their best album since 1989's Pump. Just Push Play combines the best of the old Aerosmith with the best of the new Aerosmith.
Jaded, the first single off Just Push Play, showcases the new Aerosmith in all their glory with an alternative sounding melody (or is it rythem? I don't know anything about music.) and a catchy, beautiful hook. The title track will make you remember the old Aerosmith with it's fast pace and a hook that is straight up hard rock. Trip Hoppin' is a throwback to the post-comeback song Dude (Looks Like a Lady) from their album Permanent Vacation with it's loud horns and wild lyrics. The obligatory power ballad of the album is called Fly Away From Here, a beautiful song that is about chasing your dreams. Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry takes a shot at being the frontman for the first time on the track Drop Dead Gorgeous. Of course, his vocals are nowhere near lead singer Steven Tyler's league, but we've all heard worse in this day and age, and Perry gets the job done without hitting any bumps. Outta Your Head and Under My Skin are standard Aerosmith hard rock fare, with speedy paces and creative lyrics. My favorite song off Just Push Play is called Sunshine, a catchy, very creative little number that takes us on a journey through Alice's wonderland. The only weak point on the album is called Luv Lies, which is a wannabe power ballad with a weak, syrupy melody.
Another good thing about Just Push Play is it's length. With a total time of 50 minutes and 50 seconds, Just Push Play isn't an overly long album. So it's the perfect music to play while you are waking up in the morning, driving to work, or even exercising. It's also great music to play at a party.
With all the crap out there that passes for music these days, it's refreshing to see that there are still bands that are still making music worth listening to. But don't take my word for it-I am, after all, an Aerosmith fan, and for most Aerosmith fans, this is simply their best album in a decade. But for anyone else, this is a prime example of what good music is. Just Push Play is a must own for die-hard Aerosmith fans, occasional Aerosmith fans, or simply those who are tired of everything else out there today and want a break.
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 … 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