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Get Your Wings
Get Your Wings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight to the point!, 10 Aug 2010
This review is from: Get Your Wings (Audio CD)
Mark: 9.5/10, 5 stars

"Get your wings", 100 percent Aerosmith. The album presents a more defined style, showing clear tendencies towards hard rock, but with noticeable shades of blues. Just as with the "Aerosmith" album, we continue to hear melodies and lyrics that could make even a rock dance, or get a smile from the bitterest person. "Get your wings", in particular, travels across varied tempos in an intermingled way: it begins with "Same old song and dance", which has an agile (not fast) and harmonious rhythm, and then we move to "Lord of the thighs" and "Spaced", which show themselves serious and at a leisurely pace. Next, the freshness of "Woman of the world" appears, followed by the heaviest track on the disc in terms of the mixture of music and lyrics: "S.O.S. (too bad)". After this, "Train kept a rollin'", originally written by Tiny Bradshaw, Howard Kay y Lois Mann, takes us again to an agile and catchy rhythm. Without losing the thread, like the seashore at sunrise, "Seasons of wither" brings calm. Finally, going back to a heavier sound, "Pandora's box" closes the album.

In relation to the lyrics, it's not necessary to repeat that Steven Tyler and company keep the double entendre and cleverness when writing: a trademark of Aerosmith. However, this time the subjects are a lot darker in comparison to the first album lyrics. You can also notice a change in the vocal timbre of Tyler: in "Get your wings", his sound adopts increased agility and ease, qualities that would be developing across Aerosmith's following works. Lastly, it's important to mention that you can sense a deep musical rapport between the members of the band. Coordination and freshness, as part of their sound, are two characteristics which stand out, in addition to that magic touch that belongs only to Aerosmith: it would seem that the music itself is being created in the moment and in a perfectly well executed way. I'll include further comments about each song below.

Same old song and dance
If you are in the mood for some dancing moves, for loosing the body, "Same old song and dance" is the perfect song to begin. Marked by one of the best riffs in rock and roll, this song turns itself into a classic. In terms of lyrics, they reflect the pessimistic side of life and show the constant degradation of people due to themselves and also society's fault. The rhythms played with the instruments are felt completely in tune with that of the voice, besides being the lyrics cleverly interpreted by Tyler. A great track, no doubt. By the way, wind sections are included.

Lord of the thighs
If the theme in "Same old song and dance" was about going from more to less in one's life, "Lord of the thighs" lyrics don't differ much: the girl with sexually attractive qualities who enters the world of prostitution and the pimp who rubs in the fact that he's her owner in her face. In terms of instrumentation, apart from the fact that the music keeps a leisurely rhythm, it creates the perfect environment for the story told, an environment perceived dark, equivalent to the themes touched on the album as a whole. The piano is played by Tyler, with very appealing melodies.

Spaced
"Spaced" is about a man who can't find himself, consumed by suffering, due to the terrible childhood he had to live, probably because of a great tragedy. "Spaced" might not have a so catchy rhythm as other songs on the album, however, its beauty can be appreciated in the musical atmosphere, of sober features, the variants throughout the song, and the way Tyler interprets its lyrics, details that clearly show that contained interior desperation felt by the story's character.

Woman of the world
"Woman of the world", what a good song! Well, here we go from dark themes to one where sexual slyness rules. Basically, it's about a woman sure of herself, a bit insensitive, who lives in the world of refinement and sleekness, probably high society, to whom somebody, an average man tempted by sexual desire, attempts to seduce without getting it, no matter how hard he tries. The musical side creates an environment of freshness around the lyrics, inside of which the acoustic guitar is a very well selected element. You can tell the excellent design of the song, not only because of details as the guitar solos that appear in different moments and the harmonica sections, the latter played by Tyler, but also because of the several speed changes present, without ever losing the feeling of integrity.

S.O.S. (too bad)
The heaviest track on the album, always going direct to the point. A classic, definitely. The lyrics? Dark: the derailed kid, with a lot of anger on the inside due to the multiple familiar difficulties he has gone through all the time. The music? Unstoppable: mid-tempo hard rock riffs which, having arrived at a certain point, they reproduce themselves again and again, always starting with renewed strength. After listening to "S.O.S (too bad)" -and also the other tracks on the album-, you get the sense that the members of Aerosmith not only interpret their songs according to the composition, but they "live" every part of the story being told.

Train kept a rollin'
Initially written by Tiny Bradshaw and company in 1951, the song sounds great! The noise of the audience you can hear is an added element, meaning that the track was recorded in a studio. However, one way or another, the energy displayed by the band is incalculable. One always get to remember the "Train kept a rollin'...," and sings the "... all night long!", a huge explosion. Here we have an agile and lively rock rhythm, and clever lyrics in which the narrator, once again, lets themselves be caught by sexual instinct. A trademark, definitely -in the sense that Aerosmith picked this song-, and a great choice to perform at the end of the band's concerts.

Seasons of wither
As the noise of the audience fades, the wind starts blowing far away, and brings with it the notes of an acoustic guitar, played by Tyler, until the first drumbeat breaks the intro. The music creates and environment of melancholy, in which the narrator, in the first person, sings to a lady whose soul is sadden, and who, apparently, has caused many difficulties in other people's lives. The melodies heard belong to a power ballad and the lyrics become poetic. A great track, of course, in which the musical composition generates the perfect atmosphere for the story sung.

Pandora's box
The box of Pandora, probably something sexual; it could be many things actually. Without further ado in this regard, the song, despite not being so musically devastating, it shows the cleverness with which the band writes again. Furthermore, "Pandora's box" is very good closure for "Get your wings" due to the fact that, after having the music passed through several nuances along the album, it brings you back to that raw rock (or raw hard rock) sound so characteristic of Aerosmith during its first stage, with ingenious and well elaborated riffs. The song includes wind sections, although to a lesser degree than "Same old song and dance", and also the piano of Tyler.


Aerosmith
Aerosmith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A raw sound and a great combination of rock and blues..., 20 Mar 2010
This review is from: Aerosmith (Audio CD)
10/10 - 5 stars

The first album of Aerosmith, named as the band itself, shows us a group of musicians with clear tendencies towards Rock and Roll, Hard Rock and Blues. However, its truly sound, or the one which would remain for more than a decade, would start to become stronger since the next album, Get your Wings. From beginning to end, the proposal of the Aerosmith album is not only varied -from the very-well-elaborated power ballad 'Dream On', to the enjoyable and realistic rocker track 'Mama Kin', passing through the electrified blues of 'One Way Street', among others- but also cheeky, and that is because we can easily perceive, more than once, the double entendre included in some of its messages throughout the lyrics -a typical characteristic of the Rock genre, but wisely used by Aerosmith.

It's important to mention that the band goes directly to the point in this first album, not only because of its sound, but also (again) its lyrics, which mainly talk about life experiences that ended up in disappointments and the subsequent attempt to go on, always including realistic or sarcastic elements, or a mixture of both. Furthermore, the rhythms of the songs tend to be catchy: once you've heard them, they stick in your mind and you feel like wanting to keep the tempo.

The record opens with 'Make it', a song whose first paragraph tells us that people, in the end, will use their instincts to survive (or, simply, to go on living normally). The rest of the song talks about someone who has to pay their dues for having chosen the wrong path in life since the beginning, which can be due to the corrupt use of their instincts all the time.

The following track is 'Somebody', a song with a marked and catchy riff, and lyrics to which lots of lustful people can feel identified with. Slightly perverted, the song tends to be sarcastic in a general sense and can make you smile if you are in a good mood, or even cheer you up if you are not but willing to relax a little.

Then comes a song that would establish a very important point of influence on the Hard Rock scene (in fact, on the whole music scene): 'Dream On'. The message is clear, concise and direct: seize every instant of your life since it might end at any moment. You can learn from any experience, don't waste your time doing endless calculations. Now, the way the song has been elaborated makes us think of a band that has a lot of experience, even though their members were very young at the moment the record was released. Furthermore, their melodies, full of suspense, melancholy and feelings of freedom, create an atmosphere that adds intensity to the song.

Suddenly, the intro of the best song in the album, in my opinion, begins: 'One Way Street'. Seven minutes under the same tempo, highly soaked in blues, which creates the sensation of wanting to snap your fingers at the same rhythm during the whole track. The lyrics are at the same time a complaint, a warning and a declaration. Her indecorous and irritating behaviour causes him to rethink his life and make important decisions.

No matter what you do in your life -or with it-, regardless if good or bad -of course it's better if you do it the right way-, don't ever lose contact with your family. This seems to be the message that 'Mama Kin' leaves us, another milestone of the album. Having a riff clearly marked, this song would turn itself into another important point of influence on the nearby future (and it is still today). It also includes passages of saxophone.

The next one is another song with blues influences, but with a happier general rhythm, a characteristic that is also reflected in the lyrics even though they talk about a serious theme. This person finds himself lost in its way, drowned in loneliness and in the distance, his soul is far away -it looks as if his current state were due to having been left by his girlfriend-, and asks for someone to write him a letter! (Therefore, the title 'Write Me'.) -Apparently, that `someone' is the woman he loves.

'Movin' Out', one of the best tracks of the album, begins with a guitar melody in its purest and most fundamental rock and roll sense, which reflects all that the band was at that moment: rock from the bottom to the top. The lyrics present two scenes: on one side, it shows the stage that Aerosmith was living at the time -mostly, metaphorically-, or what their members were expecting due to their own effort. On the other hand, but in a related way, it says that, to see the light, you must take the right path from the beginning and be honest, never go astray.

Finally, the last track on the record is 'Walkin' the Dog', a Rufus Thomas cover, whose music belongs to the Rhythm & Blues genre. The song includes passages of nursery rhymes. When played by Aerosmith, its musical style is comparable with that of 'Write Me', but its lyrics go in another direction. This time it seems to be shown a comparison between two women: first, a lady of high society with certain limitations when doing the daily chores is introduced; then, quite the opposite, there is a girl who belongs to a lower socioeconomic class (apparently), but completely different in terms of abilities to do the same tasks. Curiously, both girls are named the same.

When the album begins, the intro itself (from 'Make it') makes you think that something big is about to happen. To this, the phrase 'You got to think of what it's gonna take to make your dreams' is added, which was used by Aerosmith to say, in a few words, that you are going to have to make a concerted effort if you want to see your dreams realized. Their members have gone through a lot of pernicious difficulties along their career, but they have known how to get over them. At present, Aerosmith is widely regarded as one of the best bands in history. However, and many would think the same, it was so from the beginning.


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