Sound — 10
The sound of this album is so diverse. Aerosmith created this album with harsh tones and raw attitude. You can hear anger in these songs and you can hear every single aspect of Steven Tyler's screams in the opening track "Back In The Saddle". "Back In The Saddle" has such a strange vibe to it; very energetic. Other mentionable sounds are the metalish sounds in "Nobody's Fault," the sound of a band having fun in "Get The Lead Out," and the mellow, ballad-y sound in "Home Tonight."
Lyrics — 8
Steven Tyler writes incredible lyrics though I only gave this a four because rocking songs like "Get The Lead Out" and "Sick As A Dog" don't have the best lyrics. They're good but maybe I just don't understand them. Examples: Sick As A Dog "Sick as a dog, what's your story? Sick as a dog, cat got your tongue. Sick as a dog, you'll be sorry. Sick as a dog 'cause you really ain't that young." Get The Lead Out "You like good boogie? Like a really good boogie. Hear the juke box singing, make your feet start kickin." And then theres the good lyrics: from Combination "Walking on Gucci wearin' Yves St. Laurent, Barely stay on 'cause I'm so god damn gaunt." From Nobody's Fault "Old St. Andreas, seven years ago, shove it up their richters, red lines lines come and go."
Overall Impression — 10
Incredible. It's the definition of 70's metal. It's got everything from killer heavy metal riffs to slow piano ballads. Here's song by song: 01. Back In The Saddle - One of the best opening songs out there. Gives you a pretty good idea of what you're gonna get. Incredible music with heartwrentching vocals. 5/5 02. Last Child - Another good song. Every time I hear Bacck In The saddle I expect to hear Last Child right after it. A song about Aerosmith's guitarist Brad Whitford growing up. A solid right with some great lyrics and an incredible guitar solo. 5/5 03. Rats In The Cellar - Aerosmith used to also often open with this song just because it's so energetic and a great way to get things started. An incredible outro. The outro is this thing that just keeps building up and building up. It reminds you of Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake." Probably very fun to play. 4/5 04. Combination - Written by guitarist Joe Perry and it says it's sung by him but it sounds alot like Steven Tyler and Joe Perry at the same time. But again a very energetic rock and roll song with killer guitar riffs. 4/5 05. Sick As A Dog - This song starts off with an incredible melody written by bassist Tom Hamilton who actually play guitar on this track while Joe Perry (Guitarist) plays bass on for most of the song and then hands it over to Steven Tyler for the outro. The melody is the best part of the song. The lyrics are okay. But again, very energetic. 3/5 06. Nobody's Fault - A very heavy metal song for being in the 70's. Guitarist Brad Whitford did every guitar track for this song. he also made the the riffs for this song. This song has some great lyrics. It's about earthquakes and how they're all scared to death of them. They just recently started play thing song live (the album was released in 1976). There's alot of different parts of this song. 5/5 07. Get The Lead Out - The only flaw in this song is it's too short. I mentioned ealier that the lyrics were bad but the music makes up for the lyrics. Some great guitar work and great vocals (with not-so-great lyrics) but I still love to listen to this song. 4/5 08. Lick And A Promise - A very pop-rock-y type song. It's actually a great song but you get little tired of listening to it. It's about winning over a crowd. This song is really a crowd pumper doing concerts (they played this live all the time). Very up-tempo. 3/5 09. Home Tonight - The ballad of the album. Most Aerosmith albums have at least one. This one is great but again it's very short; only a little bit over three minutes long and not much singing but Steven Tyler can sure sing a mean ballad let me tell you. I could listen to this song all day, every day. 5/5