First Published – 28 Nov 2012 – Classic Rock Radio (UK)
Uncle G’s FUN Music Reviews
Spotlight: Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension (2012 Columbia Records)
By Gary Brown
American Correspondent for Classic Rock Radio (UK)
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My expectations going into this weren’t that high. In my mind, the groups’ last couple of studio releases, could have been a tad better. They were good, don’t get me wrong. No such thing as a bad Aerosmith anything. At least, not in my mind. Once one falls into the band becoming a follower, it’s all a matter of personal taste.
“Uncle G” boarded AeroForceOne, back in the seventies. To this day, one of my all-time favorite albums would be an album they did back in the day called; Rocks. A perfect rock album, from start to finish.
As far as songs, something like the heavy paced; Draw The Line. Also from that album; Kings And Queens. I also seriously dig their cover of The Beatles, Come Together. Gets the blood pumping every time I hear it. Lyrics filled with innuendo/words having some kind of a double meaning. Seriously, whose Flat Top? Such a dirty groove also. One can say Lennon motivated musicians after the song was released, to rock somewhat heavier. As an example, I would say that. Matter of fact, Aerosmith made a forty-year career, filled with ups and downs, doing just what I said.
The newly released Music From Another Dimension is a terrific CD. It’s not all old-school sounding. Nor is it all music like it came out of the late Eighties or early Nineties. It’s a combination of both. Jack Douglas is producing. The dude did a kick-ass job as always. One of my favorite original Alice Cooper albums is; Muscle Of Love. Solid rock n’ roll with of course The Cooper twist. Thank you, Mr. Douglas (like he really would read this – haha).
The band has other help. On the record, and on stage. Cool with me by the way. As far as the stage show goes, I love the commitment to faithfully recreate the studio recordings. That and the guys deserve a little help. Forty years of being the hard rock group Aerosmith can take its toll.
Steven Tyler is one of the Worlds best dirty poets. Seriously, ever really read the dude’s lyrics? Tyler’s a storyteller of modern man. Being able to still do it three times a day, and then sooner or later reminding one of his skills for being able to go down on a muffin be it on Walk That Way, or Love In A Elevator. Got to love the sexy chick spoken intro; “Oh, good morning Mr. Tyler — Going Down?”
In concert, I’d recommend kicking every other rock band touring out there nowadays and giving the fans something truly memorable. They could start the show performing this whole CD in whole. It’s that good. Then do an intermission. Come back, and finish the night doing their greatest hits. I’d pay to see that in a heartbeat. Nothing to be embarrassed about if this CD ends up being the band’s swan song either. A solid CD from start to finish.
Uncle G’s Favorite Song
Track Eight – Street Jesus. This song is worth the price of the CD. In parts could be an outtake from the Rock sessions. If this song isn’t included in the setlist now, I’d seriously think about adding it. Towards the end of the show also, before the encores.
Is it worth buying? Three bonus songs and a 45 minute DVD. To answer the question; “Yep”. The DVD includes a recent video of the band performing; Rats In The Cellar. No shit…I love that song !! As a novelty one can also witness actor Johnny Depp on stage with the band playing guitar to the bands’ classic; Train Kept A Rollin’
If a long-time understanding fan such as myself, then you’d agree that the group and all their associates, hit this one out of the fucking park. Using the one to a five-star rating system, Uncle G gives Aerosmith’s newest studio release, Music From Another Dimension; 5 stars !!!
Aerosmith – Street Jesus
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