Sound — 10
Toys In the Attic is the first album where Aerosmith's sound was basically fully developed. It has a nice hardrock feel to it the whole way through, with some catchy riffs along the way (Sweet Emotion or Walk This Way anyone). The sound is very solid, and the band members say this is one of two albums that you tell they were having fun just by listening to the music on it.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are outstanding for Toys In the Attic. This album has one of the few songs that people go out of the way to learn the lyrics for because it sounds so awesome. Of course I am talking about "Walk This Way." Steven Tyler actually wrote the lyrics on a wall at the recording studio because he forgot/lost/never-even-had his clipboard containing the original lyrics. The lyrics are about group sex and a chick showing a boy had to "walk." Anyway, Steven begins to scream a bit more on this album, but still holds back for the majority of the time, only lettting loose on "Uncle Salty" and "Adam's Apple." The lyrics are great for every song on this album except "You See Me Crying," which is very repetetive, but every album has it's weak spot.
Overall Impression — 10
Toys In the Attic is regarded as Aerosmith's best by many of their newer fans. So, if you are just getting into Aerosmith, purchase Toys In the Attic. It easy to find on compact disc, since it is about the only '70s Aerosmith studio album being released in common supermarkets and such for now. Of course "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way" provide the majority of the strength for this album, but while we have their first big hits, there are other songs that are very enjoyable, such as the ballad "Uncle Salty," the religiously, and I use that term loosely, rockin' "Adam's Apple," and the thunderous "Round and Round." If you want Aerosmith, do whatever you can to get this album, and if you lose it buy it again!