12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since their second wave of success in the 1980s brought them back into sold-out arenas, Aerosmith fought for artistic balance on their albums. They were a hard rock band in the 1970s at a time when hard rock was popular currency. However, from the 1980s and beyond, heavier groups have had to diversify in order to expand their audiences. The ballads have to be strong and melodic. The hard rockers require catchy, succinct lead guitar lines among the powerchords and the rhythms must keep the groove on. Working with producers Mark Hudson and Marti Frederiksen, Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry put their stamp on these grand anthems to love and lust. "Jaded," written by Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton," deserves its spot as one of Aerosmith's best known latter-day hits. The power ballad "Fly Away From Here," the brooding "Sunshine" and the Rocks-like funk of "Under My Skin" show the band still punching through the surface.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since their second wave of success in the 1980s brought them back into sold-out arenas, Aerosmith fought for artistic balance on their albums. They were a hard rock band in the 1970s at a time when hard rock was popular currency. However, from the 1980s and beyond, heavier groups have had to diversify in order to expand their audiences. The ballads have to be strong and melodic. The hard rockers require catchy, succinct lead guitar lines among the powerchords and the rhythms must keep the groove on. Working with producers Mark Hudson and Marti Frederiksen, Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry put their stamp on these grand anthems to love and lust. "Jaded," written by Tyler and bassist Tom Hamilton," deserves its spot as one of Aerosmith's best known latter-day hits. The power ballad "Fly Away From Here," the brooding "Sunshine" and the Rocks-like funk of "Under My Skin" show the band still punching through the surface.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Tanner Ritter ,

Just Push Play

It's definitely not their best work, but any true Aerosmith fan would agree even tho it's over pop, it can still be enjoyed. It's not 70's Aerosmith, but I wouldn't pass up hearing even their ballad side from time to time. I'd highly recommend their current album if you wanna here true Aerosmith... Songs like Street Jesus, Out goes the Lights, and Oh Yeah definitely could stand next to anything off Rocks and Toys in the attic.

Wishfulthinking2 ,

Oh No

Draw the line is a masterpiece compared to this slop. Sounds way to commercial.

Uncle Elijah ,

Least Favorite Aerosmith Album, But still good

This is probably my least favorite Aerosmith album, their are a few good songs but there is no filler. Aerosmith had to adjust to the new decade, and a very pop influenced album was the answer to the changing world. If you are a fan of pop/rock then you would really enjoy this album. As far as I am concerned, I think this album was very experimental, the band was trying some poppier songs and this is what came out. I think that this album could be somewhat considered a Steven Tyler solo album because the pop is more evident in this album and Steven in ln more modern years has always been trying to push the band towards a poppier sound and he got his way on this album. Joe Perry has always tried to push the band to a more rock area and on their most recent album he got his way.

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