9 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Done With Mirrors was the return of the mighty Aerosmith. The group had dominated the 1970s with hard rock that never lost its groove and after a lost period where guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford tested out solo careers, the original fearsome five were back in the saddle. Though the album didn't fare as well commercially as subsequent releases, the music here is the sound of an artistically fired-up group. "Let The Music Do The Talking," which had been a highlight of Perry's solo work, sounds even better in the hands of singer Steven Tyler. "My Fist Your Face" and "Gypsy Boots" are classic pieces from the cleaned-up Toxic Twins, Tyler and Perry, who used their newfound sobriety to focus their songwriting. The somber "The Reason A Dog" captures the band at its most reflective, without turning towards generic power ballads. Producer Ted Templeman deserves much of the credit. He secretly recorded the band's rehearsals, knowing the group would be looser if they weren't aware they were being recorded (a trick he also used with Van Halen). 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Done With Mirrors was the return of the mighty Aerosmith. The group had dominated the 1970s with hard rock that never lost its groove and after a lost period where guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford tested out solo careers, the original fearsome five were back in the saddle. Though the album didn't fare as well commercially as subsequent releases, the music here is the sound of an artistically fired-up group. "Let The Music Do The Talking," which had been a highlight of Perry's solo work, sounds even better in the hands of singer Steven Tyler. "My Fist Your Face" and "Gypsy Boots" are classic pieces from the cleaned-up Toxic Twins, Tyler and Perry, who used their newfound sobriety to focus their songwriting. The somber "The Reason A Dog" captures the band at its most reflective, without turning towards generic power ballads. Producer Ted Templeman deserves much of the credit. He secretly recorded the band's rehearsals, knowing the group would be looser if they weren't aware they were being recorded (a trick he also used with Van Halen). 

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Ratings and Reviews

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The REAL Comeback Album

For those of you who thought Permanent Vacation was Aerosmith’s first album with the original line-up, get ready for a shock. Done With Mirrors was the first album with all five original members and sounded completely different than the Aerosmith many may know today. It’s different in that it picked up right where classics like Toys In The Attic left off but with an updated sound. It rocks from starts to finish. The only reason for 4 stars over 5 was “The Reason A Dog”, while not a bad song, just didn’t seem to fit in with rest of the album. However, the other songs rock from start to finish. The newly sober band sounded raw and full of high energy on every track. Joe Perry’s playing was possibly his best and most aggressive & the rest of the band roared through every track. Steven Tyler’s vocals were on fire with none of the pop stylings he attempts now. It was a fiery comeback for a legendary band and why this album didn’t do better is a mystery. Why they changed direction after this record is an even bigger mystery. I remember hearing “Dude Looks Like A Lady” and later “Angel” thinking “WHAT HAPPENED?!” And it was never the same after that. So take a listen to the last good Aerosmith record and think what could have been?

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