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  • Ok, so you’ve picked up this Aerosmith album, and you’re looking at the cover thinking, “What the h-e-double hockey sticks is up with this robot lady and all that dang pink?” I mean, we all know that Aerosmith isn’t a band that one would associate with the color pink. (At least not until 1997, that is.) This was my big problem when I gave the record its first spin. I couldn’t get past that cover. It’s just so…NOT Aerosmith! And to tell you the truth, the first time I listened to the album, it didn’t really strike me as worthy. But I love this album. There is just a certain way you have to listen to this album. If you listen to it with “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” as the last Aero song you’ve heard, you’re gonna think it’s a bomb. You’re approaching the music in totally the wrong way. Put down the cd case. Bury that cover under your bed somewhere and don’t look at it at all. Now take out “Toys”. Take out “Pump”. And listen. Listen to that. NOW, put “Play” back in. And listen to it again. I think you’ll find it’s a different experience, and I’ll tell you why. Because this time, you’re not listening for something to explain that cover. This time, you’re listening to the music. You’re hearing what Steve, Joe, Tom, Joey and Brad heard when they wrote the stuff. You’re hearing the connections between songs like “The Other Side” and “Under My Skin”. You can feel the way that “You See Me Crying” evokes the same kinds of emotion as “Fly Away From Here”, and that Steven’s harmonica hasn’t rusted between “Crazy” and “Luv Lies”. Can you hear it? Once you get past all the hype and the promos, you’ll realize it’s still Aerosmith, and it’s still rock’n'roll. And it just rocks. What’s that? You don’t hear anything? Well, my friend, just push play.

    Posted on March 9, 2010