I'm not quite sure why my fellow reviewer decided to review Pump, not Permanent Vacation, on this page. However, I'll do my best to correct this.
Prior to the release of this album, Aerosmith had been stumbling along, attempting to exist on memories from the mid-70s when they were one of America's biggest stadium rock bands. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the self-styled Toxic Twins, were so high on every conceivable variation of drug and alcohol that they were struggling to string sentences together, let alone write music. Then Run DMC released a rap version of one of their classics, Walk This Way, and Tyler and Perry were special guests on the single and accompanying video. And suddenly it became hip to like Aerosmith again.
Once they discovered that the public still liked them, they released this album. And what an album. A breath of fresh air, combining fantastic riffs, amazing tunes, brilliant lyrics. It really is superb. A bit Bon Jovi-ish in some parts, but that's no bad thing. Desmond Child, a contributor to the songs on Slippery When Wet probably had something to do with that, as he also contributes to the song-writing on this album. And the songs... Dude Looks Like A Lady is the one that everybody knows. A superb video, an excellent song, just brilliant. Rag Doll is another one that just makes you went to get up and dance. But it is unfair to pick out individual tracks. All twelve are superb. They went on to even bigger things with Pump, and the MTV-friendly Love In An Elevator, but I still prefer this album. It is so feel-good. It's like a summer party, a beach barbecue, a permanent vacation, all rolled into one. It is good-time Rock 'n' Roll, the Aerosmith way.