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Done With Mirrors CD

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000026E0S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,463 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Proof positive that the Toxic Twins should never be apart, Done with Mirrors was Aerosmith's first album since Joe Perry returned to the band in 1985. Though it didn't garner as much commercial success as did the follow-up Permanent Vacation, this album is in many ways truer to the heart of what Aerosmith was in their 1970s heyday. From the opening drive of "Let the Music Do the Talking" (which reuses that great riff from 1977's "Draw the Line"), to the strong grooves of "The Reason a Dog" and "Gypsy Boots", to the rockin' shuffle of "The Hop", Done with Mirrors is full of strong moments. The two best tracks on the album, though, show Aerosmith heading back to their roots: the swampy rock of "She's On Fire" and the jive-to drive of "Darkness", both of which have the raw, bluesy base of the band's best material. If nothing else, Done with Mirrors indicated that Aerosmith may have been down, but they definitely weren't out of the running yet--something that Permanent Vacation would prove two years later. --Genevieve Williams

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The last Aerosmith album before they descended into the pop-metal fraternity. The return of Messrs Perry and Whiteford to the 'Smith's camp rekindled the bad-ass grooves that had once elevated the band to the upper echelons of Stateside success. 'Done With Mirrors' portrays a band getting back to the musical vibes of such classic recordings as 'Rocks' and 'Night In The Ruts' with a vengeance, and 'narry a duff track in sight! Opener 'Let The Music Do The Talking', taken from Perry's 1st solo record is revamped and hits a harder cutting edge than the original. 'My Fist Your Face' and 'She's On Fire' are flamboyant showpieces as Aerosmith adopt a heavier style reminiscent of such musical beasts as, 'Chaquita' and'Jailbait' from 'Night In The Ruts' and 'Rock In A Hard Place' respectively. The Stonesy grooves of 'Darkness'and 'Shame On You' resplendent with Hamilton's beaty bass lines and Kramer's soul influenced drumwork provide an aural delight that is transported into toe tapping frenzies as the listener is transformed into a Funky Monk. Dirty, raw, in your face, adrenalised rock sums up 'Done With Mirrors' Forget the clean cut corporate dollar chasing 'Smiths of today and get your hands dirty on this overlooked masterpiece. Your parents will hate it!!
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Last dirty album before going all soft and floppy, DWM has great songs, great perfomances and Ted Templeman's production is desceptively top notch. No love in an elevator or I dont want a miss thing here,(thank God)but what you do get is Reason a Dog,(my favourite Aerosmith tune), the infectious Sheila and bruising opener, let the music do the talking. 5 stars maybe A little genourous but this is a Really good album you should own.
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So after a few years of getting clean, the original guitar force of, Joe Perry & Brad Whitford return to the fold. Aerosmith signs with Geffen Records and it's time for take off again...

A hardened version of Joe Perry's " Let the Music do the Talkin'" kicks things off at 100 mph, " My Fist, Your Face" just kicks total arse as does " Shame on You". " The Reason a Dog" & " Shela" just smack of classic old school Aerosmith, " She's on Fire" & " Darkness" show a band returning to the top of their game.

This album is largely overlooked due to the lack of radio/MTV friendly singles. A crying shame as this is one of the best albums that Aerosmith made.

Essential.
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Sleazy and hard rocking, if this were released now it would probably be hailed as a second coming. Ted Templeman's typically no-frills production avoids the worst 1980s excesses and the album possibly hits harder now than it did when it first arrived.

I originally bought this on cassette from a bargain bin a few months after its release. It was the first Aerosmith album I'd owned - I wore it out and hadn't heard it for a couple of decades until the new album encouraged me to revisit it. Done With Mirrors stands up even better than I remembered.

I'd love to know where Aerosmith would have ended up if this had been the comeback album it deserved to be (and that Permanent Vacation became).
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