Music from a familiar dimension,
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This review is from: Music From Another Dimension! (Audio CD)
This is Aerosmith back to doing what they do best. Blues ridden, groove ridden , sleaze ridden, rock ridden. Yup, the grit and porn are back and we are better off because of it! This is the best Aerosmith album in quite a while. Opening with Luv XXX you soon know what you're in for. No over glossed production, just bar room rock n roll. This continues in the same vein with "Oh Yeah" , a song that would not be amiss on Exile On Main. St. There are many similar notable rock n roll tracks on this album such as "Street Jesus", "Lover Alot" and "Out go the lights". The latter song is a strong example of sleazy riffing and evokes a smoke filled, whiskey fuelled cool barroom. It also heralds a long lost return of the most excellent of percussion instruments, the cowbell!
So....what about the ballads and....that duet with Carrie Underwood? ( Darn! Stephen, what controversy!) Facts are facts. Apart from last song "Another last goodbye" , the ballads are sleazier than they've been for years, which is good. You can always skip the last song. And ......the countrified ballad with Carrie Underwood isn't as bad as people would make you think. It's different and a welcome turn of pace because of that.
Music from another dimension falls short of a five star rating because Joe Perry simply cannot sing. He has composed 2 possibly brilliant songs in "Something" and "Freedom Fighter' , which are sadly rendered mediocre at best because of the AWFUL singing. This is the only blight on an otherwise excellent album.
In summary, the rock n roll, the attitude, the swagger and the cocky strut are back.
Long live Aerosmith