THE BAND: Steven Tyler (vocals, piano, harmonica), Joe Perry (guitars), Brad Whitford (guitars), Tom Hamilton (bass), Joey Kramer (drums & percussion).
THE DISC: (2001) 12 tracks clocking in at just under 51 minutes. Included with the disc is a 14-page booklet containing band pictures, song credits, song lyrics, and thank you’s. Recorded and mixed at the Bone Yard (South Shore, MA). Label – Columbia.
COMMENTS: There are two types of Aerosmith. The 1st is the hard rocking raunch & roll band from Sunapee, NH… wrote great songs during the 1970’s because they wanted to and that’s what they loved doing… whether they got paid big bucks or not. The 2nd is the commercially successful corporate american business version of the band. Depending on which Aero you like – this will either be middle of the road noise, or it will be wonderful music to your ears. Aerosmith is growing – they are keeping up with the times and incorporating the sounds that are popular today. You will hear drum loops and even rap (“Just Push Play”) present. They are growing with the times and I can accept that. If your a fan of the old Aero, like me, this probably isn’t going to floor you. In my book, the classics “Get Your Wings”, “Toys In The Attic” and “Rocks” were probably three of the greatest rock records of the (70’s) decade. If you enjoy the new & more recent releases by Aero (90’s), you will dig this album. Previous albums like “Nine Lives” and “Get A Grip” were saturated with the power ballads and were not the true band in their best form (also – movie soundtracks like Armegeddon’s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” is a great example). While containing some familiar tongue in cheek rockers, most of the songs were middle of the road AOR tunes with mixed fillers of soft “heartbreak” lullabies geared toward the female audience. On “Just Push Play”, the same format is used. While a few hard rockers are present (the best being “Outta Your Head), this album lays down to many ballads (“Avant Garden”, “Beyond Beautiful” and “Luv Lies” may be the best of a mixed bag of ‘em). I have to admit, when this album first come out I wasn’t impressed (not to mention hating the album cover). However, over the years it has absolutely grown on me (especially the title track). The album starts off with an extremely solid 1-2-3 punch (“Beyond Beautiful, “Just Push Play” and “Jaded”). In my opinion, the Aero of 2001 is closer to FM-Lite radio than it is to rock & roll. Not that it’s a bad thing, but rather where your likes & dislikes are (3.5 stars).