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on 22 September 2012
This is a Aerosmith doing what Aerosmith do best - good raw rock 'n' roll with energetic beats, catchy riffs and cheeky lyrics - but also with a few weak tracks. The weak tracks aren't *that* bad - I wouldn't describe them as "fillers" - they're just not quite up to the mark. But there's plenty of good tracks to make up for it. It kicks off with "Heart's Done Time", a good riffy song to start off. "Magic Touch" keeps the energy going, as does "Rag Doll", a stomping number (similar tempo/beat to "Love in an Elevator"). "Simoriah" is slightly more run-of-the-mill but not bad. "Dude" brings the energy levels back up with that guitar/keyboard-brass wall of sound and catchy melody. Next a couple of great tracks to lift the album into a higher zone - "St. John" is a great bluesy track; "Hangman Jury" the longest track on the album, both demonstrate mature and well developed song writing. Now, there are a few weak tracks: "Girl Keeps Coming Apart" is not *that* bad but it's just not as good as the others. "Angel" is the cigarette lighters in the air ballad if you're into that sort of thing, again not bad but not brilliant. "Permanent Vacation" again isn't quite up to the mark. "I'm Down" *is* great, surprisingly faithful to the original Beatle's version, even keeping the same guitar solo melody. Bearing in mind McCartney sang this song brilliantly, Tyler doesn't let the song down at all with his skillfull vocals. "The Movie" is quite a simple, repetative instrumental, kind of a jam (but highly polished), but I don't feel offers any value to the experience, kind of pointless really. There are 12 tracks all together, so even with the weak tracks there are plenty of great songs to make it worth your money.
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on 8 August 2004
Following on from Done With Mirrors, this 1987 album announced the true return of Aerosmith (spurned on no doubt by the 1986 success of Run DMC collaboration 'Walk This Way'). Sadly it tends to be overlooked by fans quite a lot in favour of its succesor Pump, which I think is a shame because in my opinion this is the better album. Admittedly it does suffer a bit now from being recorded in the eighties and a certain cheesy flavour does pervade. But the 'ol Aerosmith charm is always on hand to pull them through...

'Dude (Looks Like A Lady)' and 'Rag Doll' are still as infectious as they ever were, while tracks such as 'St John' and 'Hangman Jury' gently nod to the band's bluesy roots - no bad thing considering it lifts the record above being standard rock fare. 'Angel' is really a product of its time, but as ballads go it blows what Bon Jovi were doing around the same time out of the water.

'Permanent Vacation' finishes off the record nicely with its uplifting party mood, while Beatle's cover 'I'm Down' and instrumental 'The Movie' are tagged on to the end in what seems like pure afterthought.

Fair enough the album probably does seem very tame when placed alongside Guns N' Roses 'Appetite For Destruction', which was released in the same year. But as old school rock records go, they don't come much better than this...
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on 4 July 2001
First album with Geffen, the new clean Aerosmith produced this, a rather fine rock record that did unexpectedly well amongst the "Newer generation" (yes MTV-"walks this way" collaboration largely to blame) and spawned the remarkable tour with the equally incredible Guns N' Roses. The album has some great moments and solos, and the first two tracks are amazing, but the pace never quite returns, admittedly on sings like "St John" and "Hangman Jury" there is an equally class different mood created, but on tracks like "Girl Keeps Coming Apart" you wonder where the magic's gone, even if the storming title tracks regains any lost trust. A good album, not great, if your new check out the older "Greatest hits" instead, if your not then this is hardly the best "clean" Aerosmith records, but one of the most simplistic straightforward rock n' roll albums of the newer variety which is why it sold millions.
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on 13 August 2012
This one came out and put Aerosmith back on top completely. It had three big hits and they really tore it up. "dude looks like a lady', 'ragdoll', and other songs that were really strong. The title track is a really fun one too. With this one the band just returned to greatness. And it was as if they hadn't been gone really. Aerosmith was back , cleaned up and making fun rock and they were rewarded with tons of new fans.
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on 27 August 2015
I remember having this album on LP first & Joe Perry was back in the band for this album, Aerosmith without Joe Perry is like Rolling Stones without Keith Richards & Guns n Roses without Slash, This album is an excellent return to form for Aerosmith with bigger albums to follow
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on 11 December 2014
I had this in my teens and have revisited it.It's probably there last album before everything became generic.
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on 29 January 2015
I like this album so much I bought it twice, the second time because my son had pinched the original.
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on 9 February 2015
Simply classic. One of the best, if not simply the best Aerosmith record.
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on 1 May 2016
great album. decent delivery time
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