Rock In A Hard Place Review

artist: aerosmith date: 08/26/2010 category: compact discs
aerosmith: Rock In A Hard Place
Released: Aug 1, 1982
Genre: Hard rock, heavy metal
Label: Columbia
Number Of Tracks: 10
This album was released in 1982 and features two different members, Jimmy Crespo and Ricky Dufay.
 Sound: 6
 Lyrics: 4
 Overall Impression: 6
 Overall rating:
 5.6 
 Reviewer rating:
 5.3 
 Users rating:
 5.9 
 Votes:
 11 
review (1) 6 comments vote for this album:
overall: 5.3
Rock In A Hard Place Reviewed by: keefwannabe93, on august 26, 2010
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Sound: This album was released in 1982 and features two different members, Jimmy Crespo and Ricky Dufay, who replaced Joe Perry and Brad Whitford on guitars just for this album because of issues amongst the band. The album its self does sound like Aerosmith but with a twist because it lacks two original members but also the musical content of the album is different to that of previous albums because it is Aerosmith trying to fit into the eighties, there's even a song with a synth intro which gives it an eighties feel. // 6

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album are very unusual for Aerosmith, although its the ususal topics of sex and drugs and typical hard rock lyrics. Most of the lyrics themselves do fit the music, especially songs like cry me a river and lightning strikes. Songs like joanie's butterfly don't fit the music which isn't normally the case for Aerosmith. Steven tyler's voice seems very weak on this album as well as very tired and worn out, there is no real flair to his singing like there usual is like on Rocks or Toys'. // 4

Overall Impression: For me it doesn't compare to the classic seventies Aerosmith albums because not only did they have the full and original Aerosmith cast but there musical talent was much less affected by drug use and this album shows a fatigued Aerosmith making a desperate attempt at an album. Although some songs like jailbait, bolivian ragamuffin and Rock In A Hard Place are very Aerosmith the other songs on the album let it down. If this album was stolen from me I wouldn't rebuy it but it is well worth a listen because its an insight to a side of Aerosmith you don't see. Plus this is the first review of the album which shows it isn't very popular and therefore worth a listen. // 6

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