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Aerosmith aiming for the charts rather than diamonds in the dust
on 20 April 2017
I'm a huge Aerosmith and have seen them live several times in the UK, on the rare occasions they visited here, and even travelled to Europe to see them live too. I say this first so you get l'm not just giving GAG 2 stars without a pedigree of love for the guys.
However, despite the colossal (perplexing) high sales mark, this album is definitely on the mediocre side. If you like overly commercialised songwriting, ballads and quite frankly 2nd rate rockers, at least by their standards, you may well dig GAG. Then again an Aerosmith not firing on all cylinders reach a higher watermark than the majority of rock bands.
GAG is worth owning if you love other Aerosmith albums. If you are new to Aerosmith, they have far, far stronger albums in their arsenal and would recommend pushing this way down your purchase/listening priorities.
Head first to "Toys In The Attic", "Rocks", "Aerosmith" and "Live Bootleg" (to REALLY understand what the band is about). "Pump" is arguably the best album from their latter period and in my estimation far, far superior to GAG. Even if you like their more commercial sound, "Permanent Vacation" is way above GAG in the quality stakes.