Sound — 7
Well as we know one of the biggest bands in the rock industry has released a new album "Music From Another Dimension". We've waited more than ten years for Aerosmith to release a new one. Is fair to say that we all have high hopes for being Aerosmith but maybe when you heard "Legendary Child" you were not enough satisfied, maybe expecting more. After their problems they had as a band, with Steven Tyler doing his own and personal projects. Not being sure about the future of the band. Leaving behind all that and after all that they focus on creating new material and they did it. "Music From Another Dimension" is finally here. This record is the kind of record that you must hear it a couple of times to get the feeling of it and taste the 70's again mixed with the experience of the new era in music. Is like from "Just Push Play" to this new record they had evolved. The sound of album is kind of different from the older stuff. Some songs are unique and can't be consider to belong to previous records but other songs may be part of some of them without a problem. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford did a really good job on the riffs, they're catchy and make you feel how they enjoy doing this record. Make us think that mixing blues with hard rock is simple. Although in some songs I got the feeling there's missing something like in "Freedom Fighter" "Something" and "Closer" but in other song they totally have done a great job for example in "Beautiful", "Street Jesus", "Luv XXX", and "Out Go The Lights". They're three songs that make us remember "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" playing the piano in "Another Last Goodbye", "We All Fall Down" and "What Could Have Been Love". Personally, I think that three ballads for an album of hard rock is a lot, but the truth is that the songs are really great. Also they have a country style song "Can't Stop Loving You" I like the song but is not why I love Aerosmith but is good to try to get out of the same routine. We have heard "Lover A Lot", "Legendary Child" and "Oh Yeah" great song as well feeling the energy and the return of a legendary band trying to be on the top again. What I really missed was the harmonica, guess that I'm used to hear Tyler with it. Overall I'm really surprise and satisfied with the sound.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics. We know Aerosmith how they are creative and solid on this department. Some of the older song's lyrics are creative, even a little funny. This is not the exception. They did a great job for example in "Beautiful" ("As I get closer to her fire, her desire was to leave me on and on and on and baby was like beautiful"). "Now I get to think about the high speed dirty deeds what I want, what you need I think you best believe it gotta it, want you here, But you still gotta know We can skin it, we conceal it And so baby let's begin it". And in "Street Jesus" "Come on, come on, what you think about life? Demon in heaven gotta carry a knife, You said to me, 'no, that ain't the plan' With a smile on his face and the holes in his hand". They've done a really good job, they don't talk about the same stuff. The vocals, we all know about Tyler's skills, he gives the band another dimension and finish the sound that belongs to Aerosmith. His voice has age in a good way from hard songs like in "Beautiful And Legendary Child" to ballads like in "Another Last Goodbye" in this song really impressed me how he have maintain his voice, hitting high notes and singing so clean on it. He have done a great work, there are a couple of songs that he doesn't sing, one of them is "Something". Joe Perry have a decent voice in here but maybe the song would be better with him in the back vocals. The other one is "Freedom Fighter" in this song he sounds a little better. Overall Tyler have done a great job in the vocals and the band have demonstrate that they have still imagination.
Overall Impression — 8
As I wrote earlier on the review I'm surprised and satisfied, and impressed of the great job the band really did. While I was hearing the record I could perceive how they enjoy creating new music together, and is good that a band like Aerosmith have consistence. Is a good album to bring new generation people and if they like this album they will enjoy the first one and so on. The record is creative and authentic, marking an epoch of Aerosmith as not recreating older songs. Of course this album is not a "Get A Grip", "Permanent Vacation", "Toys In The Attic" neither the self-titled one, but is a solid record overall they work pretty well on it. Although there's missing a hit like for example "Rag Doll Or Walk This Way". Personally I think "Beautiful" is the closest to a hit, but is a well spend money buy this album. I definitely would buy it again if I lost it. Have a true potential to be someday a classic. "Beautiful"