8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2000
The last Aerosmith album before they descended into the pop-metal fraternity. The return of Messrs Perry and Whiteford to the 'Smith's camp rekindled the bad-ass grooves that had once elevated the band to the upper echelons of Stateside success. 'Done With Mirrors' portrays a band getting back to the musical vibes of such classic recordings as 'Rocks' and 'Night In The Ruts' with a vengeance, and 'narry a duff track in sight! Opener 'Let The Music Do The Talking', taken from Perry's 1st solo record is revamped and hits a harder cutting edge than the original. 'My Fist Your Face' and 'She's On Fire' are flamboyant showpieces as Aerosmith adopt a heavier style reminiscent of such musical beasts as, 'Chaquita' and'Jailbait' from 'Night In The Ruts' and 'Rock In A Hard Place' respectively. The Stonesy grooves of 'Darkness'and 'Shame On You' resplendent with Hamilton's beaty bass lines and Kramer's soul influenced drumwork provide an aural delight that is transported into toe tapping frenzies as the listener is transformed into a Funky Monk. Dirty, raw, in your face, adrenalised rock sums up 'Done With Mirrors' Forget the clean cut corporate dollar chasing 'Smiths of today and get your hands dirty on this overlooked masterpiece. Your parents will hate it!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2012
Last dirty album before going all soft and floppy, DWM has great songs, great perfomances and Ted Templeman's production is desceptively top notch. No love in an elevator or I dont want a miss thing here,(thank God)but what you do get is Reason a Dog,(my favourite Aerosmith tune), the infectious Sheila and bruising opener, let the music do the talking. 5 stars maybe A little genourous but this is a Really good album you should own.
on 11 November 2012
Sleazy and hard rocking, if this were released now it would probably be hailed as a second coming. Ted Templeman's typically no-frills production avoids the worst 1980s excesses and the album possibly hits harder now than it did when it first arrived.
I originally bought this on cassette from a bargain bin a few months after its release. It was the first Aerosmith album I'd owned - I wore it out and hadn't heard it for a couple of decades until the new album encouraged me to revisit it. Done With Mirrors stands up even better than I remembered.
I'd love to know where Aerosmith would have ended up if this had been the comeback album it deserved to be (and that Permanent Vacation became).
on 26 February 2009
When I first got this album I didn't like it that much, and didn't listen to it for ages. Joe Perry's 'Let The Music Do The Talking' was the only song I liked from the start.
I listened to the album properly all the way through some time later, and it's grown on me, I really like this album, it's a good rock album, and has a great feel and sound too it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2011
So after a few years of getting clean, the original guitar force of, Joe Perry & Brad Whitford return to the fold. Aerosmith signs with Geffen Records and it's time for take off again...
A hardened version of Joe Perry's " Let the Music do the Talkin'" kicks things off at 100 mph, " My Fist, Your Face" just kicks total arse as does " Shame on You". " The Reason a Dog" & " Shela" just smack of classic old school Aerosmith, " She's on Fire" & " Darkness" show a band returning to the top of their game.
This album is largely overlooked due to the lack of radio/MTV friendly singles. A crying shame as this is one of the best albums that Aerosmith made.