Top positive review
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.