Sound — 10
Honkin' On Bobo was Aerosmith's best album since Get A Grip. Their collection of blues covers was a driffernet approach to the classics. Steve Tyler and Joe perry have always wanted to do a blues album like this, and I think this was the perfect time in their careers to do one. If Honkin' On Bob had been released in say the '70s or '80s it may not have been received as well as it is today. This album was a smart move for Aerosmith, and hopefully they won't stop making awesome records like this.
Lyrics — 8
Lyrically, there's not much to say. None of the lyrics were written by the band because they were all covers of old blues tunes. However the lyrics on the albumare amazing. The way the lyrics mesh with Joe's guitar play and Joey's hard rock drumming are superb. I especially like the lyrics on Roadrunner and Baby Please Don't Go. Steve Tyler still shows he can rock, and becauseof his timeless wails and cackles I think Aerosmith music and lyrics will continue to be considered as classic for generations to come.
Overall Impression — 10
Honkin' On Bobo is right up there with Permanent Vacation and Toys In The Attic, because it's not only a great album but because came at an important part in the careers of Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, and Joey Kramer. Toys and Permanent Vacation were great albums too because of the same reasons. Aerosmith right now is the best reunion tour-era band. Unlike Kiss, AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin, who are all also o thier reunion tour type tours, Aerosmith continues to write great music and not just be a travelling greatest hits package.